About & Mission

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We can help you get to the next level in your professional career by offering you a quality graduate education. Our programs are designed to engage you in an active faculty-student exchange of ideas and to provide you with extensive hands-on learning and high-caliber research opportunities. Faculty members challenge and support students to deliver their top performance, enabling students to get the most out of their graduate school experience. When students complete their programs, they are prepared to take the next step in their professional careers. 

View our Mission Statement, learn about our history, or meet the office.


Mission Statement

The Office of Graduate Education and Research at Northern Michigan University encourages an education that

  1. Upgrades professional competence by providing programs designed to train for careers in a wide variety of areas

  2. Prepares individuals for advanced academic work, particularly in the academic disciplines

  3. Provides research opportunities such that the student becomes knowledgeable regarding research techniques and participates actively in research

  4. Serves the unique needs of students by providing post-baccalaureate educational opportunities for individuals and groups at convenient geographic locations and times

  5. Serves the university and the student by

    1. Providing a synergy between undergraduate and graduate student learning and faculty research

    2. Contributing to the provision of a cost-effective education that enhances learning and career opportunities for future success in both the realm of the discipline and society's ever-evolving demands


Meet The Office

Lisa Eckert 

Interim Director of Graduate Education


Heather Pickett

Director of McNair Scholars Program




Erica Goff

Director of Grants & Contracts


Jennifer Broadway

Coordinator of McNair Scholars Program


Kristin Beck

Assistant Director of Grant Development/ Training Coordinator


Lindsay Haukkala

Principal Secretary


Helen Bicigo

Executive Secretary


Janelle Taylor

Principal Secretary


Katie Joseph

Graduate Administrative Assistant 


Hayli Cox

Graduate Admissions Counselor


Caroline Compton

Student Worker



Your Future Is Bright!