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Information and opportunities related to current Student Life.

Stamps Engaging Leaders

Stamps Engaging Leaders is a cohort-based peer-to-peer program connecting returning undergraduate students with first-year and transfer undergraduate students. The goal is to increase a sense of connection, engagement, and community within the Stamps undergraduate community. This is accomplished through peer-to-peer group interactions guided by Stamps Peer Leaders (returning Stampers) who are trained to deliver intentional points of contact and programmatic efforts to first-year Stampers, including transfer students.

Stamps Engaging Leaders aims to engage incoming new students in a hybrid format. Once on campus at the beginning of the fall semester, Stamps Peer Leaders have the responsibility to engage their respective cohorts of students with regular in-person and virtual check-ins throughout the first three months of school while connecting new students to campus resources conducive to students’ transitioning to college.

Recruitment and Application Process

Applications for 2022-23 are currently closed.

Stamps Peer Leaders are responsible for creating and maintaining connection and community within their cluster's participants. Throughout the first three months of the fall semester, Stamps Peer Leaders engage new students through various modalities by acquainting, referring, and educating new students to U-M and Stamps resources and campus culture. The selection and training of student peer leaders will take place at the beginning of each fall semester and monthly virtual check-ins with the group of peer leaders will be conducted. Being a Stamps Peer Leader is a paid opportunity and below are some things to keep in mind when applying for the position:

  • February-April 2022: Recruitment & Hiring
  • August 2022: In-person training
  • September-November 2022: Monthly check-ins
  • November 2022: Program assessment 1.0
  • April 2023: Program assessment 2.0

Apply to be a Stamps Peer Leader for Fall Semester 2022 →

Stamps Student Professional Development Grants

Description: The Stamps Professional Development Grant is available for Stamps undergraduate and graduate students who are seeking financial support to expand their creative portfolio, contributing to their growth as an artist or designer. This grant supports the development of skills, knowledge, and frameworks that artists and designers need to advance professionally. Examples of approved grant requests involve attending conferences or workshops, or to help with exhibition-related expenses outside of Stamps. Professional development funds cannot be used for costs associated with meeting the requirements of a degree program. Grants typically do not exceed more than $250 per applicant.

To request funding, please complete this form.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Any currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student at the Stamps School of Art & Design
  • Any currently active student organization registered and in good standing through the Stamps School of Art & Design and the Center for Campus Involvement
  • Professional Development requests have to meet the standards set by the Student Life unit at Stamps which reads as follows - Attending conferences or workshops, or to help with exhibition-related expenses
  • The professional development opportunity, for which the funds are being requested, has to be completed prior to the student's graduation date
  • Funding is only provided once a semester per applicant
  • Funding can be used to support internships with Stamps faculty members

Preparing for Application Process:

Application Process:

  • Review eligibility criteria
  • Submit an application by completing the application form. Questions within the application process include:
    • Applicant or student organization contact information
    • If applying as an organization - org name, shortcode, and project grant (for student organizations)
    • What professional development opportunity are you looking to fund?
    • How does this professional development contribute to your professional development as a creative?
    • What is the anticipated completion date of the initiative?
    • How much are you requesting? You will be expected to upload a forecasted expense budget.
    • Adherence to grant expectations
  • Funding decision will be communicated to you via email

Grant recipients are expected to:

  • Applications must contain a detailed budget with anticipated expenses for the professional development
  • Provide any pertinent updates/changes to the Stamps Student Life staff (artdes-stulife@umich.edu) about the initiative (i.e. change of date, time, or location; no longer needing the professional development grant; etc…)
  • Acknowledge the support of the Stamps School of Art & Design on promotional platforms/materials (as applicable)
  • Provide any expense receipts after the professional development opportunity is completed (as applicable)
  • Complete the Stamps Professional Development Grant Recipient Survey. As part of this survey, recipients will provide a thank you letter to the donor(s) responsible for supporting the Stamps Professional Development Grant

Failure to meet these requirements may result in the termination of the funding agreement.

Funds cannot be used for:

  • Costs associated with meeting the requirements of a degree program
  • Costs associated with Stamps hallmark events and exhibitions such as the Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, Stamps Senior Exhibition, etc…
  • Costs associated with classes/courses outside of the Stamps School
  • Opportunities that do not comply with the law and/or institutional policies
  • Funds cannot be used to directly benefit charity, fundraising efforts, or profit-making initiatives
  • Alcoholic beverages and other drugs

For any questions regarding the Stamps Professional Development Grant, please email artdes-stulife@umich.edu.

Student Advisory Board

The Student Advisory Board (SAB) provides input and support that advances the work of the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan. Board members will provide input on programs, initiatives, and direction of the School, in addition to, engaging in discussions on new and existing initiatives at Stamps.

Composition, Commitment, and Responsibilities

The SAB is composed of 8 undergraduate student leaders representing diverse identities and experiences. Members are selected through an application process in the Winter term prior to their term serving on the board. The SAB is heavily comprised of students who may not already serve in student leadership roles on campus. Student members are expected to make a minimum of one academic year commitment and attend monthly SAB meetings in addition to the orientation session in August or September. Board members cannot serve more than two terms. Additional eligibility to the Student Advisory Board includes:

  • Members will maintain a 3.0 or above GPA and good academic standing.
  • Members will adhere to the U-M Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities and other policies set by the University.
  • Members must attend and actively participate at monthly board discussions, Fridays 1:00-2:30 pm. Future meeting location and dates will be made available once selection process is complete.

Violations of the above commitments may result in a review of membership and possible cancellation of membership.

Board member responsibilities include:

  • Provide feedback and input on Stamps-related services and initiatives that are student-facing with goals of improvement.
  • Share insights on current topics, trends, and needs that Stamps students are experiencing during the academic year.
  • Offer exhibition and programs related advice aiming to cultivate a sense of belonging for students at the Gallery.
  • Advise on the process of fostering, developing, and sustaining student programs benefiting artists and designers.
  • Provide a collective end-of-year impact summary and presentation reflecting the board’s achievements.

Being a SAB member is a vital, visible and high-impact role that elevates student voices, opinions, and needs. There are several benefits to being a member of the Stamps SAB:

  • Influence the direction of the Stamps School mission and objectives through interactions with Stamps leadership, including initiatives that resonate with and are important to you.
  • Gain valuable skills including advocacy, decision-making, networking, critical thinking, and leadership.
  • Gain experience providing feedback and working in collaboration with other students as well as University staff with a variety of educational and occupational backgrounds.
Recruitment and Application Process

Applications are currently closed.

Applications for the 2022-2023 board open on February 15, 2022 and close on March 13, 2022. To submit an application, complete this form prior to the deadline. For any questions, contact us at artdes-stulife@umich.edu.

Student Organizations

Interested in joining an existing student organization or in creating your own at U-M?

  • Browse the University’s Maize Pages for a complete list of student organizations.
  • Preview student organizations with particular relevance to art and design students on our site.
  • Use the links below to learn more about starting your own organization.

For more information, contact artdes-stulife@umich.edu.