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Life at ICD

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As a student at the Institute of Child Development (ICD), you’ll be part of a community dedicated to helping students develop professionally and academically. Our student services team is here to holistically support you as you navigate your program, develop your interests, and explore everything the University of Minnesota (UMN) has to offer. Our field-leading faculty will guide, challenge, and inspire you to discover what’s next.

While academics are a big part of life as a student, we recognize that choosing a field of study is like choosing your home for the next several years. We take that seriously. We strive to make ICD a welcoming place, where all of our students not only have the opportunity to grow as scholars, but also to form lifelong friendships and to have fun while they learn.

Throughout the year, we organize events that bring students, faculty, and staff together, including:

  • a weekly colloquium series that features ICD experts or visiting scholars, who discuss the latest research in child and adolescent development.
  • a winter weekend at Camp Widjiwagan for graduate students, post-docs, faculty, staff, and their families.
  • summer grill outs for students, faculty, and staff who remain on campus.

For undergraduates, the Child Psychology Student Organization (CPSO) provides students who are interested in developmental psychology with volunteer opportunities on campus and in the community, research mentorships with ICD faculty, and social events with other ICD students.

Additional resources about ICD

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What our students are saying

Sarah Suárez
I’ve really enjoyed collaborating with my lab mates—they are like a family. You have the resources you need to learn, to share. You honor everyone’s contributions and give everyone the space they need to do their work. We give each other advice about lab work and working through the Ph.D. program.

Sarah Suárez
Ph.D. in child psychology student

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

ICD is one of seven departments in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at the UMN. In addition to developmental psychology, CEHD offers academic and research programs in areas including curriculum and instruction, educational psychology, family social science, kinesiology, social work, and organizational development. Our undergraduate child psychology program is in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA), which also houses the Department of Psychology and their undergraduate and graduate programs.

Overlooking the Mississippi River, UMN is Minnesota’s land-grant university and one of the most prestigious public research universities in the nation. UMN ranks eighth among U.S. public universities in research spending. ICD faculty are engaged in research that’s working to address society’s most pressing issues like closing the opportunity gap.

UMN is one of only five universities in the nation with an engineering school, a medical school, a law school, a veterinary medical school, and an agricultural school all on one campus. Our students have countless opportunities to collaborate and partner with research-minded peers, not only in psychology, but across disciplines.

Additional resources about CEHD, CLA, and UMN

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What our students are saying

Garrett Schwartz
I have strived to build relationships with almost every ICD professor and graduate student I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. I’ve experienced nothing but reciprocity and genuine care for my development as a student and as a researcher from everyone I’ve met.

Garrett Schwartz
B.S. in child psychology student
2018 Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program award recipient

Proud to call the Twin Cities and Minnesota home

As the only Big 10 University located in a major metropolitan area, our access to public transportation, internships, restaurants, art, theater, and more set us apart. Minneapolis-St. Paul, also known as the Twin Cities, has a population of about 3.5 million. The Twin Cities offer numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation: they’re home to numerous lakes, parks, and the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers.

In the Twin Cities, you’re part of a global community that represents cultures from around the world. Minneapolis has an established African American community and a strong Native American heritage. It’s home to the largest Somali population in the U.S., the largest Hmong population outside of Laos, large Vietnamese and Ethiopian populations, and a fast-growing Hispanic community.

Additional resources about the Twin Cities

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What our students are saying

Emma Juon
I had a cohort that I went through my graduate program with. You build a network, a group, a community that serves you well when you get out into the real world. We still meet and talk about our practice, the things that we're learning, and the children that we're teaching.

Emma Juon
M.Ed. in early childhood education, 2013
B.S. in early childhood, 2011
Educational Services Manager, People Serving People