Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Capitol to welcome students for Graduate Education Day

Graduate students from colleges and universities throughout Michigan — including U-M’s three campuses — will attend Michigan Graduate Education Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday at the west and south wings of the Capitol in Lansing.

More than 60 graduate students from 15 Michigan colleges and universities will display their graduate research and discuss with legislators such issues as innovation, economic development and environmental protection. Michigan Rep. Pam Byrnes, D-Lyndon Township, and Sen. Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, will speak in support of Michigan Graduate Education Week, which runs through Friday.

The event will highlight the importance of graduate education in Michigan and the impact it will have on employment opportunities and the quality of life throughout the state in the years to come.

Michigan graduate programs prepare students to be leaders in a wide array of fields including microelectronics, engineering, multimedia and digital arts, biomedicine, environmental protection and remediation, new energy sources, ultra-efficient energy systems, and digital information management.

“To attract and grow quality jobs, we must have the best trained, best educated work force,” Gov. Jennifer Granholm said during her Feb. 3 State of the State address.
The event is presented by the Michigan Council of Graduate Deans.

For more information about Michigan Graduate Education Day, contact Deb de Laski-Smith at (734) 487-0042.