As a student at the Institute of Child Development (ICD), you’ll be part of a community that's committed to helping you advance your career, both academically and professionally. 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 you and encourage 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 Developmental Psychology Student Organization (DPSO) 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.