H2D2 events are a valuable platform where graduate students and faculty can obtain thoughtful feedback from an engaged and diverse audience.
H2D2's primary activity is a weekly seminar featuring research from graduate students and faculty on the topics of Health, Development, Demography and History. H2D2 seminars were conceived as informal events where students could present new work at different stages, and throughout the past four years have featured a range of works, from early research from U of M students, to polished work from extrernal presenters. In order to tailor to different needs of presenters, H2D2 seminars offer 80 minute presentation slots for work in more advanced stages and 40 minutes half slots for work in progress. We encourage submission of works in progress, as we feel it is particularly valuable for students to get feedback on research while it is still in early stages. Due to the seminar's interdisciplinary nature, the series attracts audience from various departments and schools which include Economics, the Public Policy school, the Business School, the School of Information and the School of Public Health.
Call for presenters are sent before the beginning of the fall and winter semesters: inquiries and requests to join the mailing list can be sent to email@example.com
The current line up for the fall semester can be found here
H2D2's other main event, the annual Research Day conference, has become an important complement to the weekly seminars. The conference allows Univeristy of Michigan graduate students and faculty to build new relationships, present their work, and obtain feedback before a new audience. Submissions and participation to the conference are encouraged from students with interest in Health, History, Demography and Development. Last year's conference attracted submissions from as far as the University of Southern Denmark and UC-San Diego, and featured Janet Currie as keynote speaker. Updates on the 2017-2018 conference will be posted on the H2D2 official website.
International Policy Students Association (IPSA)
International Policy Student Association (IPSA) promotes, facilitates, sustains and provides opportunities for the study of international policy issues at the Gerlad R. Ford School of Public Policy and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. IPSA provides networking and skills-building to help students to explore international careers, to network with global organizations, and to learn about international policy in a professional and academic environment. IPSA also compiles information about international policies, international organizations, and relevant international events for students resources.
IPSA benefits from distinguished Ford School faculty members who are experts in the fields of international political, economic, and social policies. IPSA maintains a close relationship with International Policy Center (IPC) at Ford School which is one of nation's leading institutions for interdisciplinary research, education, and policy dialogue on international economics, security, and human rights.
Global Fordies (GF) is a student organization of international students at the Ford School of Public Policy, focused on establishing a global and multicultural community of engaged public servants. GF is established to collaborate within the Ford School to ease the transition for international students, maximize their potential and career opportunities and encourage them to contribute to the school community. We provide a unique platform for international students to engage with the Ford School community, voice their issues and bring positive change by promoting multicultural perspectives with the peers and colleagues at the entire School.
The Ford+SPPG Conference is an annual student-led policy conference among students at the School of Public Policy and Governance (SPPG) and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Held in the Winter/Spring (Ford/SPPG) semester, the event brings together students from both schools in a team-based learning environment where they are challenged to analyze, evaluate, and present key findings related to a current policy issue facing both sides of the border. It's a great opportunity to further your understanding of multi-stakeholder and cross-border policy collaboration and implementation - and have fun in the process! At the conclusion of the weekend, a panel of faculty judges will select the best proposal.
Organised as a case competition, Ford+SPPG aims to achieve the following objectives:
- Develops a policy student's problem solving capabilities through a vehicle that is uncommon in policy programs;
- Allows for Ford and SPPG students to interact in a more intimate setting;
- Acts as an exercise rooted in developing teamwork and presentation skills;
Students are placed into case teams ahead of time, and each team will feature a mix of Ford and SPPG students. No preparation is necessary leading up to the conferences.