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Student Spotlight: Elaina Breznau

While most of her peers were undergraduate students, Elaina was climbing 20,000 foot peaks in South America, scuba diving in the Bahamas, backpacking the Australian outback, and traversing the globe in search of adventure. In the process, she gained a different...

Student Spotlight: Dimitrios Pavlounis

Dimitri laughs and says, “For fun, I do kind of the same things I do for work but with friends and drinks involved. I read, watch movies, hang with my colleagues, and play video games.” He almost makes grad school sound easy! Far from it, though, and while his...

Student Spotlight: Alaina Neal

“I come from a home where my parents always emphasized the importance of education. My dad would always say that everyone in the family had a job to do, and that school was my job. If I ever wanted to make anything of myself, get out of his house and be successful...

Student Spotlight: Briana Dye

“I applied to many grad schools but it was the diversity of research in the PIBS program at U-M that attracted me,” says Briana. The fact that she’s a three hour drive from her family in Canton, Ohio is a nice perk of attending graduate school in the Midwest, and...

Student Spotlight: Rattima Sirihorachai

My experience as a Ph.D. student in Nursing at Rackham represents an exciting chapter in my life. I feel that I am very fortunate to be a part of U-M and have learned so much since I began my graduate studies. Although there were challenges and difficulties as an...

Student Spotlight: Kelly Slay

“For me, the Ph.D. is so much more than a Ph.D. It has been a spiritual journey, and my Christian faith is central to it, it’s like everything to me. I feel like with different things, whether it’s just a test or assignment, I look at things differently. God is...