Student Support Resources

The University maintains a range of services and resources that support you as whole people with a range of needs and concerns. If you do not see a resource listed here that aligns with what you are looking for, please contact the GPSES (Hope Savaria) or ADGS (Laura Luepke) for additional referrals. Contact information for all Grad Studies staff appears at the bottom of this page. 

This list is maintained and updated by the GPSES. Links and resources are audited on an annual basis. You are encouraged to let the GPSES know if there are any resources you think should be added to this list, or if you encounter any broken links.

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Association Memberships

  • Visit the American Psychological Association (APA) website to learn about membership. Student members receive access to publications, opportunities for professional & career development, and book discounts. 
    • Divisions of the APA: Organized by members, these interest groups focus on topical areas within the field of psychology.
  • Visit the Association for Psychological Science (APS) website to learn about membership. Students members receive access to opportunities for professional & career development, mentorship programs, and research funding. 
  • Specialized societies: learn more from your advisor(s) about societies relevant to your interests. There are also societies and conferences specific to psychologists from underrepresented groups. 

Campus Navigation & Local Transportation

  • Campus Buses: All campus buses are free, accessible, and equipped with bike racks.
  • MetroTransit: The University of Minnesota is served by more than two dozen bus routes and the METRO Green Line. 
  • Universal Transit Pass: UMN students who pay the Transportation and Safety Fee have unlimited access to the regional transit system in the Twin Cities metro area (rides on the NorthStar require a small supplemental fare for each ride).
  • Walking Guide: The UMN Walking Guide provides information on routes, tunnels, and safety tips. 

Career Exploration

Career exploration is most effective when it is a multi-year process. Students are encouraged to begin exploring careers in their third year or sooner. 

All career paths


Industry, non-profit, & other sectors


Family & Parenting

  • Lactation: University of MN policy supports your right to chest/breastfeed. 
  • Leave of Absence: Consult the Paid and Unpaid Leaves of Absence for Graduate Students policy linked in the “Employment” section above for information on LOA as a graduate assistant. Consult the Graduate Student Handbook for information on LOA as a student (see the Quick Links box on this page for a link to the handbook).  
  • Student Parent Help Center: Apply for child care grants, locate child care options, work with a counselor specializing in supporting graduate students, and explore community spaces.


Health & Wellbeing

  • Alcohol & Substance Use Services: See the “Mental Health” section below. 
  • Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing: Events, mindfulness programs, and other services and events to support all members of the UMN community.
  • Boynton Health: Provides primary and specialty healthcare for students, faculty, and staff. Services include: primary care, dental, eye clinic, gender care, OB-GYN, pharmacy, physical therapy, STI testing, quick clinic, urgent care, x-ray, and more.
    • International students: see the link to Boynton’s international student page in the “International Students” section. 
  • Dental Clinics: UMN dental clinics provide general and specialty dental care in association with the School of Dentistry's educational programs.
  • Graduate Assistant Health Plan: Student health benefits for graduate students.
  • Mental Health Resources: see the “Mental Health” section below. 
  • Mindful Mondays Online: Join for an informal hour of meditation and light movement. 
  • RecWell: Offering recreational and fitness, massage therapy, meditation, and other services to all UMN students who pay the student services fee. Students who no longer pay the student services fee (GRAD 999 or PSY 8444) can opt to pay for services.


  • Graduate & Professional Student Roommate Finder: Complete the form to get connected to other UMN students seeking a roommate. Preference can be limited to other graduate students, if desired. 
  • Off-Campus Housing: Search for apartment listings that exclude property managers/owners with three or more unresolved or substantiated issues with Student Legal Services from participating.
    • Note: If you are interested in listing your home for rental, this option is available. 
  • On-Campus Housing for Graduate Students: Options include:
    • Commonwealth Terrace Cooperative
    • Como Student Community Cooperative 
    • West Bank Townhouses

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Accessibility (IDEA)

Make Connections & Build Community

  • Asian Pacific American Resource Center: A community committed to affirming the experiences of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students and their diverse communities.
  • Association of Multicultural Scientists (AMS): Student group providing a space for socialization/networking, professional development opportunities, and outreach events. 
  • BIPOC Mental Health Collective: Open to all UMN students, staff, and faculty.
  • Circle of Indigenous Nations (COIN): A student support office that advances and advocates for the needs of American Indian/Native American, Alaska Native, and First Nations students.
  • Community of Scholars Program (COSP): Join a welcoming and inclusive community for domestic graduate students of color and Native American graduate students in research-based programs.
  • Grad InterCom: An initiative that recognizes and caters to the unique needs of International graduate students. Offers year-round programming to support and build community among international graduate students.
  • Groups & Workshops through Student Counseling Services
    • Educational workshops: Develop skills and strategies for managing specific situations such as academic stress & anxiety. 
    • Affinity groups (including BIPOC, international student, and graduate/professional students groups): Connect and create community around shared identity and experiences.
    • Counseling groups (including dissertation/thesis support, chronic pain, and grief groups): access support and develop strategies.
  • IDEA in Psychology Teaching Group: Programming is announced via email to members of the department.
  • Tri-Psych Queer Affinity Group: Contact Jessica Arend ( for details. Meetings are posted on the department calendar.


  • All-Gender Restroom Map: See the “Safety” section below.
  • Equal Opportunity and Title IX (EOT): See the “Reporting, Conflict Resolution, & Navigating Challenging Situations” section below. 
  • Disability Resource Center (DRC): The DRC works with students, faculty/instructors, staff, and guests with documented disabilities to facilitate access on an individualized, case-by-case basis.
    • U Return assists graduate assistants with disability accommodations as an employee. See the “Employment” section. 
  • Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life (GSC): Education, advocacy, outreach, and support to students, staff, faculty, alums, and community members.
  • Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE): A community-based space focused on the academic experiences of first-generation students, students of Color, and American Indian students. 
    • Circle of Indigenous Nations (COIN): See information in the “Make Connections & Build Community” subsection above. 
    • Student Spaces
  • Women’s Center: Advances gender equity across identities, educates and inspires feminist leaders, advances an empowering intellectual environment, and advocates for an equitable University culture and community.

Professional Development

International Students

Legal Advice & Representation

  • Student Advocate Services: Advocates provide assistance to students who have been accused of or charged with violating the Student Conduct Code, University Housing policy, or other academic or conduct policies.
  • Student Legal Services (SLS): Offers advice and legal representation to students at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus. Some of the practice areas where advice and representation are offered include: tenant rights, criminal cases, immigration, consumer, employment, wills, health care directives, power of attorney, name change, and gender change.

Mental Health

Call 911 immediately if the situation is life-threatening or you need immediate response.

Additional Crisis Response Resources

  • Call 988 if you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis to reach the local county crisis team. 
  • Cope: Mobile Crisis Response: Hennepin County’s 24/7 mobile crisis response team.
    • In Hennepin County: (612) 596-1223
    • Outside the county: 27-47-47
  • University crisis line: call (612) 301-4673, or text "UMN" to 61222
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: call or text 988 or 1-800-273-8255

Alcohol & Substance Use Services

Mental Health Services and Resources

Mental Health Advocates (MHAs)

MHAs are trained staff and faculty volunteers who serve as resources to students and colleagues about the mental health resources available on campus. 


  • APA Mentorship Resources and Services: APA members can connect with experienced senior psychologists in a range of mentoring opportunities for graduate students and early career psychologists. Some literature and resources are available without a membership.  
  • Community of Scholars Program (COSP): Year-round programming for domestic graduate students of color and Native American graduate students to build community networks, obtain personal guidance, and pursue informal mentoring opportunities . 
  • Diversity in Psychology Support (DIPS) Program: A student-led initiative that pairs first-year students from historically underrepresented backgrounds in psychology with experienced students within their program who are also from underrepresented backgrounds.  
  • First-Gen Connect: A network for first-gen college students in graduate programs at the U of M that provides resources and opportunities for participants.
  • Next-Gen Psych Scholars Program (NPSP): A virtual graduate student-led mentorship program for underrepresented (e.g., BIPOC, low-income, first-gen, LGBTQIA+) undergraduates and post-baccalaureates interested in applying to psychology PhD programs. 

Navigating & Succeeding in Graduate School

  • Council of Graduate Students (COGS): The Recognized Student Governance Association (RSGA) at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus that represents, advocates for, informs, facilitates communications among, and supports Twin Cities graduate students.
    • COGS Resource Guide: COGS maintains this list of resources. While many of these resources are also included in the department’s list, there is always the possibility that COGS will discover and add new resources before the department is aware of them. 
    • COGS HelpLine: Contact COGS if you are facing an issue with your advisor, within your department, college, or any aspect of your life at UMN. See the “Reporting, Conflict Resolution, & Navigating Challenging Situations” section below for the link to their form.
  • Effective U Tutorials: Skills for academic and personal wellbeing, many of which are applicable to graduate students. 
  • GEAR1 (Graduate EducAtion Resources for Your 1st Year): A Canvas-based guide to support the transition to graduate education at the University of Minnesota, provided by the Graduate School.
  • GEAR+ (Graduate Education Resources Beyond Your First Year): A framework of online resources that connect areas of your academic and professional development, including: Components of Successful Development; Your Dissertation/Thesis, and Exploring Career Paths.
  • GradHacker: A blog from Inside Higher Ed featuring diverse perspectives on navigating higher ed, advice to help graduate students succeed and feel supported, and more.
  • National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD): See the “Academic” subsection under “Career Exploration” above. 
  • An online portal affiliated with the University of Minnesota that provides graduate students with support in specialized skills like academic writing, research methodologies, and wellness and motivation.

Professional Development Programming & Resources

Publishing & Presenting Research

  • Journal publication information & requirements can be found under “information for authors” on journal websites. It is not permissible to submit the same manuscript to more than one journal at the same time.
  • Learn about Open Access at the University of MN: Open-access platforms make research output available at no cost to readers. Content typically has reduced or removed barriers to copying and reuse of the content.  
  • To present a paper or a poster at a conference, you or your faculty sponsor may need to be a member of the society giving the conference. Each society puts out a call for submissions prior to their conference.

Teaching & Pedagogy


Reporting, Conflict Resolution, & Navigating Challenging Situations

Research Help & Tools

  • Citation managers: Tools and guides from the UMN Libraries to use to help you effectively organize texts you have read and quickly build citations and bibliographies.
  • Open Access: See “Publishing & Presenting Research” section above. 
  • Publishing journal articles: See “Publishing & Presenting Research” section above. 
  • Presenting your research: See “Publishing & Presenting Research” section above. 
  • Research: Security and Compliance Handbook maintained by the Department of Psychology.
  • UMN Libraries Services


  • All-Gender Restroom Map: The majority of these restrooms are single-stall & wheelchair-accessible, removing barriers that previously existed because of gender, disability, or safety concerns. 
  • Aurora Center: Serves all victims/survivors/concerned people of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment at the University of Minnesota and Augsburg University.
    • 24-hour helpline: (612) 626-9111
    • Appointment scheduling: (612) 626-2929 or 
    • Office location: Appleby Hall, Suite 117 
  • Dinkytown Alerts: Offered in addition to automatic SAFE-U Notifications
  • Gopher Chauffeur: Student-staffed safe ride-home program.  
  • Mental Health Crisis Response: See the “Mental Health” section above.  
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline 
  • SafeWalk Service: A free service for when you will be on campus late. Call 624-WALK (624-9255) and the dispatcher will send a uniformed escort to walk you to your destination. 
  • Visit the Safe Campus Website for additional resources, including:
    • Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment
    • Sexual Misconduct Prevention
    • Transportation Safety
    • Workplace and Lab Safety

Time Management & Study Skills

Writing Support

Pat Frazier
Director of Graduate Studies (DGS)
N571 EltH | 625-6863
Laura Luepke
Associate Director of Graduate Studies (ADGS)
S243 EltH | 626-3483
Hope Savaria
Graduate Program Support & Event Specialist (GPSES)
S244 EltH | 625-0377
Heidi Wolff
Curriculum and Graduate Services Specialist (CGSS)
S258 EltH | 624-5002
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