Great Things at UDM

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UDM Increases Standing in U.S. News Ranking

For the fourteenth year, UDM ranks among the top tier of Midwestern master's universities in the 2015 edition of U.S.News and World Report's "Best Colleges" More

NIH grant to address underrepresented minority students in biomedical majors

NIH GrantThe National Institutes of Health has awarded a $21.2 million grant to a consortium, comprised of University of Detroit Mercy, Wayne State University, Marygrove College and Wayne County Community College District, to develop a common curriculum that will support and mentor students from diverse backgrounds in biomedical research fields. Over a five-year period, the grant will enable the institutions to accelerate the number of underrepresented undergraduate students who go on to receive master’s and doctoral degrees and ultimately attain successful biomedical research careers. The goal of this initiative is to establish Detroit as the center for biomedical research training and help fuel the academic renaissance of Detroit. Read more.

UDM to award $20,000 and $10,000 Catholic Education University Grants to Catholic school graduates

University of Detroit Mercy, in partnership with the Archdiocese of Detroit Schools, will award a new Catholic Education University Grant of $5,000 annually for four years to qualified graduating seniors who enroll at UDM and have attended Catholic schools from first grade through high school. Students who have attended and graduated from a Catholic high school and enroll at UDM will receive a $2,500 annual Catholic Education University Grant for four years. Both grants will be available to first-time, full-time students entering UDM in fall term 2015. 

UDM hosts GM Student Corps

The second GM Student Corps concluded its summer community initiatives on Aug. 19 with a day focused on college life at UDM's McNichols Campus. One hundred-six paid high school interns representing 12 schools, including the seven schools GM supports through the United Way Network of Excellence and Flint Southwestern Academy, spent the summer cleaning parks and schools, clearing bushes, planting flowers and shrubs, painting weather-beaten equipment and tackling other improvement projects they selected, planned and budgeted. They also took part in weekly life skills training sessions, toured GM facilities and businesses, and explored career and college opportunities. Sixty retired GM employees served as program mentors and volunteers. Thirteen UDM students were also hired as GM summer interns to provide additional guidance and project support.

University of Detroit Mercy Awarded 2014 Military Friendly Schools® Designation

Military Friendly SchoolVictory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named University of Detroit Mercy to the Military Friendly Schools® list. The list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. www.militaryfriendlyschools.com

Money magazine ranks UDM in list of country’s best colleges

University of Detroit Mercy was recognized by Money magazine on July 28 as one the best colleges in the country, based on graduation rates, degree costs and return on investment. Sixteen Michigan colleges and universities were ranked in the magazine’s list of 665 public and private colleges and universities.

UDM joins Michigan Colleges Alliance

In July, UDM became a campus member of the private college collaborative, Michigan Colleges Alliance (MCA). Founded in 1949, MCA supports Michigan independent higher education in areas such as student access, scholarships and career opportunities. As a group, MCA's 15 college and university members represent more than 40,000 students, collectively Michigan's "third largest university." Alliance members were recently included in the Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship program, providing Kalamazoo students with additional excellent college options.

Library Collections Now Online

Libraries/Instructional Design Studio added digital databases (Mercy College student newspapers, History of Theater at University of Detroit 1880-1995 and 20 years of the National Shrine of the Little Flower Shrine Herald newsletter) to the Re:search portal making these unique materials available worldwide. 

A list of over 1200 ship and landscape paintings created by Fr. Edward J. Dowling, S.J. was added to the digital Marine Historical Collection on the Re:search portal.

Service Learning Classes

More than 90 courses across the University incorporate Service Learning in classes, resulting in course-related, direct services to the poor and marginalized in our community. Throughout the school year, approximately 1,800 UDM student volunteers provide service in conjunction with approximately 140 community service agencies.

Service Learning Classes

The McNichols Library hosts two historically significant archives: the James Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive, which houses the papers of Fr. James Carney, S.J., a missionary whose life was dedicated to social justice for the poor and landless in Honduras; and the Black Abolitionists Archives, which houses a collection of materials documenting the efforts of more than 300 men and women involved in the abolitionist movement from 1760-1829.

Library is a Literary Landmark

UDM's McNichols Library is designated a literary landmark in honor of Dudley Randall, the former Detroit poet laureate and University librarian.

Michigan's Largest Catholic Institution of Higher Education

UDM is Michigan's largest Catholic institution of higher education and is sponsored by two religious orders: the Society of Jesus and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas West Midwest Community.

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UDM is Michigan's largest Catholic institution of higher education and is sponsored by two religious orders: the Society of Jesus and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas West Midwest Community.

UDM Celebrates Scholarly Research

UDM held the ninth annual Celebration of Scholarly Achievement in April 2014, spotlighting research, writing and presentations by University faculty and students. The event highlighted four books, 16 book chapters, 86 journal articles and 38 conference proceedings articles published by UDM authors. The celebration also featured 66 poster presentations, five electronic presentations, four oral presentations and one non-print project.