Select Page

Home » Discover Rackham » Student Voices

Student Voices

My Story of Depression in Grad School

There came a point for me, during my fourth year, when things just bottomed out. I wasn’t teaching or taking classes, since I had just become a candidate, which meant I had a year of fellowship to get going on my dissertation. I’d been struggling for a while with a...

Postcard from the Field: São Paulo, Brazil

Me with Hypsiboas faber, the Blacksmith tree frog I study the effects of current and historic habitat fragmentation on amphibian genetics and disease. This involves fieldwork in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. This year my fieldwork is focused on sampling frogs from a...

That Time I Built A Wooden Box for Science

When I came to graduate school to study chemistry, I suspected that I would have to expand my skill set to succeed. Experimental design has a tendency to draw from many different areas of expertise. It’s not enough to be a good chemist; you have to be a good chemist...

Postcard from the Field: Thailand

Sunset on the Mekong River, looking towards Laos. Nong Khai, Thailand, June 2015. My research is on Thai migrant workers in Israeli agriculture. I spent the summer doing research on the background of these workers and studying their language in Isaan (Northeast...

To Be a Scientist

A few weeks after arriving in Ann Arbor for graduate school, nearly four years ago, the strangest thing happened to me. I was walking to the public library downtown to return a mystery novel, book in hand, when I was approached by a kid. He and his friend had been...