SEAS New Student Orientation 2023
Welcome to the School for Environment and Sustainability!
We are so glad that you will be joining us in the fall.
This website has information that will help onboard and transition you to SEAS. It has a schedule of Quantitative Review and New Student Orientation events, as well as resources to help you during your first semester at the University of Michigan and beyond. We encourage you to bookmark this site as a repository of useful resources you can refer to in the future. If you have any questions about Orientation, please email email@example.com or call 734-763-4928.
Quantitative Review with Dana Jackman
This workshop series is OPTIONAL and VIRTUAL. The series is held over the summer, Eastern Standard Time. Dates, times, and zoom links will be sent to your @umich.edu email address. Lectures will go out via email to students one week prior to synchronous sessions with reminders about how to participate via zoom. The zoom sessions will consist of 1-hour group work sessions going over problem sets then one hour of office hours with Dana. Students can use that time to ask questions with the whole group or ask to go into a breakout room to ask questions one-on-one with Dana.
These are intended for students that do not have a strong statistical background or have been out of school for a while and would like a refresher. It is a crash course that covers basic data analysis, data analysis in Microsoft Excel, graph interpretation, functions (linear, polynomial, log, power, hyperbolic), and algebraic equations. Masters and PhD students can attend. Below is the schedule for the sessions:
- June - Skills working with Data
Lecture goes out June 21
Meetings June 27th (afternoon) and June 28th (evening)
- July - Skills working with Algebra
Lecture goes out July 19th
Meetings July 25th (afternoon) and July 26th (evening)
- August - Basic Statistics
Lecture goes out August 9th
Meetings August 15th (afternoon) and August 16th (evening)
SEAS orientation will take place in-person in Ann Arbor, Michigan and at the Biological Station in Pellston, MI. Housing, transportation, and meals at the biostation will be provided and the associated costs covered by SEAS.
- Wednesday, August 23 - First day of orientation - Ann Arbor, MI.
- Thursday, August 24 - Second day of orientation - start in Ann Arbor, travel, end day at the Biostation in Pellston, MI.
- Friday, August 25 - Third day of orientation - Biostation in Pellston, MI
- Saturday, August 26 - Fourth and last day of orientation - start at the Biostation, travel, end the day in Ann Arbor.
* This schedule will be updated regularly as we finalize event details.
Required for All Graduate Students: Follow the UM Vaccination Policy
Submit your vaccination information.
Required for All Graduate Students: PEERS-RCRS Training
All graduate students are required to take the PEERS Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship (PEERS-RCRS) online training.
Masters students only need to do the online training. It is approximately 3 hours. This course introduces the key concepts and elements that foster ethical research and scholarship practices.
PhD students need to complete the online training and a minimum of 8 instructor-led contact hours of training before advancing to candidacy.
More information about RCRS training is on the Research Ethics and Compliance site.
SEAS Top 3s
SEAS Track Leaders put together their SEAS Top 3s. Their top 3 restaurants, bars, stores, and more. They also have this recommendation map, with places you may want to visit.
List of Helpful Resources
The content below contains resources to help you during your first semester at the University of Michigan.
Table of Contents
- Advising Resources
- Anti-Harassment Resources
- Child and Elder Care Resources
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
- International Student Resources
- Learning Accommodations
- Library Services
- Mental Health Resources
- Midterm Elections
- SEAS Student Center - SEAS Student Support Team
- Student Organizations
- Technology Resources
- Student and advisor shared expectations form
- Advising and Mentoring Resources (PDF)
- Rackham's guide for getting the mentoring that you want
- Mentoring Others Results in Excellence (MORE)
- Be heard and receive care
- Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC): For U-M students, faculty and staff who are survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking and sexual harassment. 24-hour crisis line: 734-936-3333. These are confidential resources to help you understand your rights and options.
- As Assistant Dean, Kim Elliott makes herself available to listen and is willing to advocate for students. In the case of sexual and gender-based misconduct reported to Kim, she will report to the Equity, Civil Rights and Title IX Office (ECRT) and notify the SEAS Dean and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
- Students can email firstname.lastname@example.org for any and all support questions.
- The Equity, Civil Rights and Title IX Office (ECRT) is a reporting resolution resource with staff trained to respond to issues of sexual and gender-based misconduct. While the reporting process is private, it is not confidential. See the ECRT SGBM/Title IX Investigation Process document for an overview of the investigation process. ECRT Responding to disclosures of sexual violence
- Additionally, the Office of Student Conflict Resolution is available to help settle disputes and handle grievances often with the help of a student panel.
- Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): Free, confidential services for U-M students. 24-hour line: 734-764-831
- Spectrum Center (umich.edu): The center works toward enhancing the campus climate and support services for LGBTQ+ students, staff, and faculty at the university through education, advocacy, and community building.
- Office of the Ombuds. Free, confidential advice and resources for U-M students,. 734-763-3545
- Educate yourself and access resources
- U-M Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities
- Rackham is SEAS administrative body which means we following many of their rules and policies including Academic Dispute Resolution Policy and Procedures.
- SEAS student misconduct, both academic and non-academic process.
- DEI Resources | University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability: Under ‘Additional Resources’ access various assessments and tools, such as Harvard's Implicit Association Test (IAT), University of California- San Francisco Unconscious Bias training, a Diversity Toolkit for Discussing Identity, Power and Privilege, and quizzes for understanding your own privilege and power.
- Intersectionality, Positionality, and Privilege | Infographic | U-M LSA Center for Social Solutions: Review UM’s Center for Social Solutions infographic on intersectionality, positionality, and privilege.
- Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs: MESA strives to promote student development and empower the campus community around issues of diversity and social justice through the lens of race and ethnicity.
- Anti-Racist Resources for Learning | University of Michigan School of Social Work: Access a list of anti-racist resources curated by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, UM Rackham, UM Library, Ibram X. Kendi, and more.
- General Safety Tips from Rackham Graduate School
Child and Elder Care Resources
University Human Resources provides a listing of child care resources. An additional set of resources have been created for in-home care and tutoring.
If you are caring for an older family member, UM offers elder care resources as well.
- Center for the Education of Women (CEW) - Even though their main focus is women, they will help all students who are primary caregivers, regardless of gender.
- Child Care Subsidy - child care expenses from any licensed child care provider will be eligible for reimbursement under the subsidy, regardless of the state, country, or agency of licensure.
- Children on Campus policies and resources
- Early On Michigan - addressing a child's developmental delays
- Lactation Rooms on campus for breastfeeding parents
- On-Campus childcare centers:
- Stories from Michigan Caregivers and Student Parents (MCaSP)
- Washtenaw County resources for senior citizens
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
- SEAS DEI Office
- University of Michigan DEI Office
- Campus resources for LGBTQ+ students
- Office for Institutional Equity (OIE)
- Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Reporting and Resources
A few questions have already come in regarding housing in the Ann Arbor area. The links below may be helpful to you as you begin your housing search. Additionally, here is the Facebook group for the SEAS incoming class. Please join to get in touch with potential room or housemates.
Off-Campus Housing - Most Graduate students live in apartments off-campus.
A lot of apartments/houses in Ann Arbor are run by management companies instead of individual landlords. One of the easiest ways to search these is to check out the companies' websites:
Here are some general sites that have a lot of rental options (particularly for non-management company landlords):
Facebook group for finding housing - Ann Arbor Roommates & Housing
Munger Graduate Residences - There is a graduate residence on campus that may also be of interest to you. You can find information about Munger Residence, here.
Signing and Understanding Apartment Leases - Student Legal Services can help you read through your lease and make sure you understand it. To make an appointment, call them at (734) 763-9920.
International Student Resources
The University of Michigan’s International Center is responsible for advising students on US immigration laws related to F and J visa categories. Contact them at email@example.com or call them at 734-764-9310 if you have questions.
The English Language Institute (ELI) provides a full range of English for academic purposes courses and academic support for international students.
- Pre-Arrival Guide for New International Students - good starting place.
- The International Center’s Immigration and Visa page
- ELI Conversation Circles
- ELI Online Pre-Arrival Course: Preparing for Graduate Success - this course is optional/ not required.
We want to make sure that you have an environment that you can thrive in. If you wish to register with Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Office, please start by filling out the Student Application Form and reviewing the registration process on their website. Students already approved for accommodations through SSD will continue to receive their accommodations. Additional resources to be aware of:
- Tips for Academic Success in the Current Learning Climate
- Academic Innovation's Adjusting your Study Habits during COVID
- Wellness Coaching
The University of Michigan Library is a system of 20 libraries that includes a specialized graduate library. With more than 11 million volumes, the University Library is the eighth largest academic library in North America and is considered one of the top research libraries in the United States.
The Mcard is your official University of Michigan identification card. The UMID number is the cardholder's eight-digit student number listed on the card. MCards can be used as a bus pass on campus, for access to campus buildings after hours, and more.
Submit your photo for your MCard.
General information about MCards.
Mental Health Resources
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is still offering virtual appointments through the pandemic. You can make an initial consultation request here.
SEAS has a CAPS embedded counselor. Her name is Dr. Juemei Yang (firstname.lastname@example.org). Email her for an appointment.
- CAPS stressbusters app
- Online mental health screening
- Relaxation videos
- Mental health resources for graduate students
- CAPS Anxiety Toolbox
In a democracy, citizens vote to elect representatives to make policy guided by the beliefs and preferences of voters. The University of Michigan encourages eligible students to exercise their right to vote, and students of all citizenship backgrounds to actively engage in issues of public concern. You are encouraged to vote in local and national elections, work at the polls and support democratic engagement. You can find more information at govote.umich.edu or by emailing email@example.com. Here are the local midterm election dates:
- UMMA Satellite Clerk's Office opens --- September 27th
- Absentee Ballots become available --- September 29th
- Duderstadt Gallery Satellite Clerk's Office opens --- October 12th
- Registration Deadline (other than going to the clerk's office with proof of residency) --- October 24th
- Election Day --- November 8th
SEAS Student Center
The SEAS Student Center is where you can find the student support staff including admissions, the registrar and course advising, financial aid, and career services. You can contact the staff by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other contact information if you want to reach a particular sub-group of the student center staff:
- email@example.com - direct email to the careers services staff
- firstname.lastname@example.org - direct email to the SEAS financial aid staff
- email@example.com - direct email to the admissions staff
Hundreds of student organizations enrich your experience outside of the classroom. The most popular among SEAS students are listed below. Visit Maize Pages for a full student org directory.
- SEAS Track Leaders
- Behavior, Education, and Communication (BEC) - Madison Parrish and Maaike Wielenga
- Environmental Justice (EJ) - Erin Posas and Mia Dozier
- Environmental Policy and Planning (EPP) - Joe Pitti and Joel Weltzein
- Ecosystem Science and Management (ESM) - Liam Connolly and Ezekiel Herrera-Bevan
- Geospatial Data Sciences (GeoSci) - Melissa Mattwig and Laura Gumpper
- Landscape Architecture (MLA) - Izzy Shehab and Ted Vuchinich
- Sustainable Development (SusDev) - Jasmynn Noel, Nikita Hahn, and Kaitlyn Sledge
- Sustainable Systems (SusSys) - Hailey McQuaid and Karan Dhanak
- SEAS Student Government
- American Society of Landscape Architects student chapter
- Graduate Rackham International (GRIN)
- Students of Color at Rackham (SCOR)
- Ross Net Impact
- Zoom at UM
- Zoom For Students Video (13 minutes)
- MPrint mobile app with FollowMe (for touchless release of print jobs on-demand)
- ITS Remote Resource Guide
- ITS Computing Sites
The closest major airport to Ann Arbor is Detroit International Airport (DTW). If you are flying to Michigan, here are directions on how to get to and from the airport.
The university provides a free campus bus service, learn more about it at the Parking & Transportation website. In addition, the U-M campus and Ann Arbor, in general, are extremely bike-friendly.
Check the Interactive Campus Map to find specific campus buildings. The SEAS Student Center, and most SEAS faculty offices, are in the Dana Building.
- Blue buses are for University Bus Routes - They offer free transportation around campus. You can just hop on these buses, no ID is needed.
- White buses are run by the City of Ann Arbor Transportation Authority - If you have your MCard, you can swipe it when you get on the bus and ride for free. If you don’t have your card, the city bus fare is $1.50.
- MAGIC Bus - GPS location and E.T.A. for some buses.
- Greyhound Buses - Budget transportation to popular locations like East Lansing
- Airbus and Michigan Flyer - Cheap and easy ways to get back and forth from the Detroit Airport during school breaks
- Paratransit - Transportation Services offers curb-to-curb Paratransit services for students, faculty and staff that are pre-qualified through the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)
- Michigan Drivers License - Learn how to get a Michigan driver’s license or state I.D.
- Michigan Parking and Transportation Services - University parking information.
- Parking in Ann Arbor - Ann Arbor parking information, including fines, permits, and different structures.