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Student Spotlight: Joe Cialdella

Space has a big influence on Joe Cialdella. He finds himself gravitating to work, research and opportunities to explore connections to the environment around him. Hailing from Kalamazoo, he came to Michigan as an undergraduate in the Residential College (RC). “While...

Student Spotlight: Anne Fitzpatrick

Anne attended Cornell for her undergraduate degree and fully expected to return there for graduate work after working for a few years. “Then I came to visit Michigan and knew this was the place for me. There are so many resources here, the faculty are accessible, the...

Student Spotlight: Katrina Ellis

Katrina never planned on having a career in public health. What seemed at the time to be relatively minor life choices – first to travel and immerse herself in new cultures and experiences and second to delve into research – led to what she hopes is a long and...

Student Spotlight: Lia Wolock

“This is my third U-M degree,” Lia admits. Lia grew up in Southeastern Michigan with parents who were in public service law. Her parents invested long ago in a tuition program sponsored by the State of Michigan, the Michigan Education Trust (MET), so Lia’s...

Student Spotlight: Marcus White

“I’m exploring visibility, surveillance, and invisibility. I’m asking questions about how the moving body addresses these issues.” Marcus’ research in dance focuses on how the human body brings to life themes related to issues of visibility, surveillance and...

Student Spotlight: Lisa Domenico

In the home stretch, Lisa is finishing the third of three papers that comprise her dissertation. Her research focuses on self-schema models (neurological networks that contain and process self-referential information) and how they serve as the unidentified mechanism...

Student Spotlight: Jay Borchert

Jay was just awarded the prestigious Mellon American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Fellowship, an award given to graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of Ph.D. dissertation writing. As a 5th year doctoral...

Student Spotlight: Devan Donaldson

“I’m an expert in my field. I have broken ground. I have made novel contributions. I’ve done it. I really have done it.” The news is still settling in for Devan Donaldson. While Devan doesn’t graduate until May, he’s leaving Ann Arbor now for Bloomington, Indiana...

Student Spotlight: Michael Bianco

“I’ve become an activist artist. My work has to do with issues in the environment, social and environmental justice.” Mike has previous a master’s degree in curatorial practice from the California College of the Arts and an undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary...

Student Spotlight: Logan Casey

“I’ve been into politics since I was 14. I always thought I’d run for office.” Logan, from St. Louis, received his undergraduate degree in political science from Truman State University, a small liberal arts college in Missouri. “In college I got really into the...