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Student Spotlight: Patricia Chen

“I’ve always been interested in psychology. Since I was young I had self-help and pop psychology books all over my house.” From Singapore, Patricia came to U-M for her undergraduate degree and continued for graduate school. She says, “My decision to come here was to...

Student Spotlight: Ishita Das

“All the grad students seemed normal, like they enjoyed being in grad school.” That was Ishita’s first impression when she interviewed at U-M with PIBS (the Program in Biomedical Sciences). She explains, “The Michigan environment was so welcoming. It stood out a lot...

Student Spotlight: Eli Fahrenkrug

Imagine buying solar cells for your home at Target. The research Eli Fahrenkrug is developing could make that a reality. His dissertation research has developed a process that could lead to mass produced, affordable solar energy, reducing the cost of manufacturing to...

Student Spotlight: Laura Amtower

Laura is in her thesis year at U-M, undertaking a self-directed project called Playscape at an Ann Arbor elementary school. Building on her dual undergraduate degrees in art education and studio art, she is combining her passions for creative pedagogy in a year-long...

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...