University of Michigan
The University of Michigan is one of the nation’s finest institutions, consistently earning high rankings and international acclaim in numerous fields of study, ranging from the liberal arts to medicine to public policy to information sciences.
Historically, the Ann Arbor campus has been a breeding ground for change, for new ideas. In 1960, it was the birthplace of the legendary Students for a Democratic Society, spawning a decade of social change. The next year, President John F. Kennedy stood on the steps of the Michigan Union to announce the formation of the Peace Corps. There is, then, no better legacy on which to build a Fellowship year of new ideas, growth and change.
Building on that legacy is Michigan’s committed interdisciplinary approach to education, which is a key component of our Fellows’ cultivation. Following are just a handful of the many unique and notable opportunities the University of Michigan has to offer:
Colleges & Schools
College of Literature, Science & Arts
Michigan’s distinguished College of Literature, Science & Arts offers up more than 3,500 courses taught by 1,000 faculty members, covering everything from “anthropology to zoology” in the realm of cultural, social and scientific study. The College’s classroom riches are matched by esteemed research laboratories focused on life sciences, physics and astronomy. It is often at LS&A that Knight-Wallace Fellows stretch themselves the most, brushing up on a foreign language, tackling an artistic or musical discipline, losing themselves in the worlds of literature popular and obscure, exploring the skies above or the earth below.
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy is a world-renowned institution with a well-earned reputation for academic excellence. This ever-expanding feather in the University’s cap specializes in quantitative analysis of economic and social policy issues, including international perspectives. The Ford School houses three research centers – the National Poverty Center; The Center for Local, State and Urban Policy; and the International Policy Center. It also houses the Nonprofit and Public Management Center (a joint initiative with the School of Social Work and the Ross School of Business) and the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program. In addition to taking classes in the Ford school, Knight-Wallace Fellows can take advantage of its seminar series and frequent speakers, which often include national luminaries.
Michigan’s Law School is one of the nation’s finest and, since 1991, has been the top public law school for placing US Supreme Court Clerkships. Its wide-ranging curriculum allows Fellows the chance to brush up on the First Amendment or media and communications law, gain an historical perspective on legislative issues here and abroad, or explore highly-focused topics ranging from sports law to international refugee issues to juvenile justice to land planning. Its faculty represents a pre-eminent range and level of legal expertise and experience.
The Residential College, a division of LS&A, is a unique learning opportunity at the University of Michigan that creates a living-learning environment for undergrads. Fellows can benefit from the RC’s creative approach to learning, with intimate courses focusing on the social sciences, humanities, creative writing, the visual and performing arts and foreign language.
School of Education
Long a national leader in its field—and recently ranked #6 in the nation by US News & World Report—Michigan’s School of Education focuses on teaching, research and service. It is recognized for its strong commitment not only to producing great teachers but also to improving educational practice on the state, national and international levels. The School of Education is a terrific resource for Fellows to examine deeply the issues surrounding our current—and future—education systems.
School of Information
The School of Information is a graduate level program focused on the big issues surrounding information technology. It strongly emphasizes teaching and research and declares its goal as challenging “the status quo of information professions.” As technology advances and people’s informational needs grow infinitely more sophisticated, SI’s work becomes increasingly relevant to all areas of society. SI spearheads the development and application of information management and works to connect “people, information and technology in more valuable ways.”
School of Public Health
The University’s distinguished School of Public Health seeks to “create and disseminate knowledge with the aim of preventing disease and promoting the health of populations” in the United States and abroad—with particular emphasis on the impoverished. SPH’s unique approach focuses more on disease prevention and health promotion than on treating illness. The School also conducts cutting-edge research in and outside the laboratory to help understand disease, better analyze data, track new disease and develop strategies for better health in at-risk communities. SPH provides Fellows the chance to explore the intersection of biological, physical, social and managerial sciences.
School of Social Work
Michigan’s internationally celebrated School of Social Work is consistently ranked as one of the country’s best, with students—and faculty—flocking to it from across the globe. The School’s comprehensive program focuses on training, teaching, research, innovation, activism, scholarship, collaboration and service. The opportunities for Fellows to benefit from the faculty’s outstanding expertise and the School’s wide range of academic and research offerings are virtually limitless.
Stephen M. Ross School of Business
One of the country’s finest business schools, the Ross School of Business offers undergraduate and graduate courses in accounting, business economics & public policy, business information technology, finance and law, history & communication. In addition, it is home to a vast array of research institutes and centers, including the Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, the Institute of Labor & Industrial Relations, the Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance and the Nonprofit and Public Management Center.
Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning
For more than 100 years, the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning has followed its aim to “improve the human condition through thoughtful design and planning for the build environment.” A diverse and creative faculty and staff enriches a program that examines innovative design and policy research within the University’s rich interdisciplinary environment.
University of Michigan Health System
Included under the umbrella of the University’s Health System are its nationally renowned and high-ranked Medical School, as well as its much-lauded University Hospital, Mott Children’s Hospital, Women’s Hospital, 30 health centers and 120 outpatient clinics. Fellows can take advantage of access to UMHS healthcare during their stay in Ann Arbor, as well as access to the myriad medical experts and researchers within.
A favorite place of exploration for Knight-Wallace Fellows, the state-of-the-art Duderstadt Center is a hands-on production facility that provides U-M faculty and students with “the tools and collaborative space for creating the future.” Housing leading-edge computing and production equipment and technology (off limits to the public), the Duderstadt provides the chance to learn everything from basic broadcast production skills to advanced computer-assisted design—even the ability to render three-dimensional sculptures.
The University of Michigan Depression Center is the first ever multi-disciplinary center dedicated to research, education, and treatment of depressive and bipolar illnesses. It brings together world-class resources of the U-M Health System and almost all of the University’s schools and colleges—recognizing that depression affects or is affected by virtually all other disciplines. It has been able to thus develop a unique and unified approach to diagnosing, understanding, treating and eventually preventing depression.
Institute for Social Research
The Institute for Social Research is dedicated to pursuing “social science in the public interest.” An invaluable resource to the University and the world beyond, ISR conducts what it describes as “high quality social science research” and disseminates its findings. Dedicated to training future generations of social scientists, ISR’s strength lies in its dedication to institutional and organizational diversity. ISR houses a number of fascinating initiatives rife for exploration: the Center for Political Studies, the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, the Population Studies Center, the Research Center for Group Dynamics, and the Survey Research Center.
Life Sciences Institute
U-M’s Life Sciences Institute brings together outstanding scientists from a wide range of life science disciplines to focus collaboratively on the biological problems of human health. As with so many other U-M departments, LSI makes the most of the University’s strong interdisciplinary approach and considers itself a bridge between life science and areas such as medicine, public health, engineering, law and business. LSI also houses the Center for Chemical Genomics, which uses robotic screening “to explore biological questions with the power of chemical diversity.”
University of Michigan Libraries
The University of Michigan has a wealth of libraries catering to virtually every area of interest, no matter how obscure. There are nearly 20 specialized University libraries, including those dedicated to dentistry, fine arts, government documents, maps, music, social work, public health, special collections and even papyrology. The Shapiro Undergraduate Library and the Hatcher Graduate Library, both centrally located, are pre-eminent resources to which Fellows enjoy full access.
U-M’s Law Library—ranked number four in the nation by National Jurist magazine—is a resource not only for students and faculty, but also for lawyers, judges and international scholars. The collection is comprehensive. It covers Anglo-American, foreign, comparative and international law. It offers legislation and court reports from all U.S. jurisdictions, apart from also being one of the more serene spots on campus for passing a quiet afternoon.
In addition, there are nine independent libraries on campus. These include the famous William L. Clements Library, which houses an extraordinary collection of original documents—rare books, manuscripts, maps, photographs—from throughout American history. The Gerald R. Ford Library and Museum offers archival materials on US domestic issues, foreign relations and political affairs during the cold war era.
In addition to benefiting from the physical locations of these libraries and more, Fellows enjoy the extensive on-line resources available throughout the U-M library system.
Museums & Galleries
University of Michigan’s campus is also home to a number of exceptional museums and galleries that house everything from art treasures and relics of natural history to obscure papyrus scrolls and strange insects.
Exhibit Museum of Natural History
Dedicated to promoting the “understanding and appreciation of the natural world,” the Exhibit Museum’s display offerings range from prehistoric life and dinosaurs to Michigan wildlife to Native American Culture. The terrific Planetarium, which hosts star talks and shows, and the Museum’s special kids activities make this a great gem for Fellows and their families.
Museum of Anthropology
An international leader in anthropological history, the Museum of Anthropology’s University Exhibit Museum houses unique and unusual collections and exhibits that including paintings, textiles and photographs from all around the world. Its research collections cover the globe, with particular strength in North America and Asia.
Museum of Art
The University of Michigan Museum of Art is one of the finest university art museums in the nation. Its holdings represent 150 years of art collecting from America, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, including modern and contemporary work. Pottery, textiles, paintings, sculpture, drawings and photographs are complimented by special exhibitions and interpretative programs. The Museum prides itself on playing a central role in campus life as well as being a noteworthy resource for the public. While undergoing a $35.4 million restoration and expansion through 2008, the Museum currently is operating in a temporary exhibition space, UMMA Off/Site.
- Museum of Paleontology
A research museum devoted to the study of the history of life, the Museum of Paleontology conserves, organizes and studies its broad collections of fossil specimens. It houses collections and laboratories that specialize in paleobotany, invertebrate paleontology, vertebrate paleontology, and micropaleontology.
Museum of Zoology
A fine collection of zoological and botanical science artifacts, the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology’s specimens include birds, fish, insects, mollusks, mammals, reptiles and amphibians—all waiting exploration.