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Laura Fernandes

Stretching the Student Dollar

Not all of us come with the kind of privileged backgrounds of “Gossip Girl,” who might actually not be attending graduate school in the first place! I thought a blog post on how to survive on a student budget might be helpful for students in graduate...

Newest Member of the ‘Just Married’ Wagon

I have been on a hiatus since my last blog post. Coming here to U-M five years ago, I expected to graduate with a Ph.D. before changing my marital status but sometimes the least expected relationships happen at the most unexpected times. As though being a graduate...

Back to the Grind

I feel like a citizen of the world!! I have explored two new countries and presented at two different statistical conferences since my last blog post. I had a very busy and eventful summer this year and now it seems like I have so many deadlines to catch up with, a...

Summer Plans

As a doctoral student in the process of writing my thesis proposal the academic year is a big long blur of deadlines; spring break, summer break, winter break, graduation week, welcome week. They all seem irrelevant, it is one endless stretch with recursive events of...

A Successful Biostatistician

In the Department of Biostatistics we have a plaque inscribed with the names of exceptional students from past years. Early on in the academic program clearing the qualifying examinations and becoming a Ph.D. candidate is a relief and getting the award for the top...