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An Opportunity to Support Socially Relevant Research

By providing crucial financial support for young social scientists eager to do research on social behavior, the Robert B. Zajonc Scholars Fund addresses an important need at the Institute for Social Research and the University of Michigan. The Zajonc Scholars Fund will make it possible for University of Michigan Ph.D. candidates to investigate social problems in innovative ways and facilitate their development as productive scientists. Bob Zajonc's advice for how graduate students could become first-rate researchers, was to "Just do it." He felt one of the most important parts of graduate activity should be engagement in independent research. When asked what advice he gave to students it was, "Ask not what the research problem can do for you. Ask what you can do for the problem."

The Robert B. Zajonc Scholars Fund will provide assistantship and scholarship support for outstanding first and second year graduate students who are interested in a research career to work with RCGD faculty. Such an arrangement will honor Bob and his commitment to inspiring and launching research careers.

If you would like to contribute, you can do it either by mail or online.

Make checks payable to:
The University of Michigan
with a notation Zajonc fund
Mail to:
Research Center for Group Dynamics
Institute for Social Research
P.O. Box 1248
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248
For more information, contact
Patrick Shields, ISR Director of
External Relations, at
(734)764-8369 or

Learn more about Bob Zajonc