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Student Spotlight: Cass Adair

“This was a teaching experience beyond anything I could have imagined. This was a dream come true, the icing on the cake for my U-M experience, and added great depth to my education. I really loved this class.” A 3rd year Ph.D. candidate, Cass created and taught...

Student Spotlight: Courtney Lynn McCluney

Courtney’s road to U-M was supported by a strong network of research faculty. As an undergraduate, Courtney participated in the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program, which is designed to prepare undergraduate students (especially underrepresented students) for doctoral...

Student Spotlight: Alison Gould

Alison studies a bioluminescent symbiosis between the coral reef cardinalfish and a luminous bacterium that the fish houses in a specialized light organ. “Understanding how specificity arises and is maintained in such symbioses is especially important now, as changes...

Student Spotlight: Parinaz Naghizadeh Ardabili

A fourth year graduate student, Parinaz hasn’t been home to Iran since she arrived at U-M. “I have a single-entry visa. If I go back, I have to re-apply for a new visa, and I know people who do that, but it is a time-consuming process,” she explains. She has a home...

Student Spotlight: Zhibek Kadyrsizova

Zhibek had a very mathematical childhood. Born in Kazakhstan to parents who both studied physics in college, she was interested in math from an early age. “It was a big part of our family. We spent some of our free time together solving problems,” she recalls. In her...

Student Spotlight: Zuowei Wang

For every 10 minutes U-M students spend studying, they spend 4 minutes distracted by their phones and other media. They have company; students in China are similarly distracted says Zuowei Wang, a fourth year doctoral student in Education and Psychology. Zuowei ’s...