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Let’s Talk About Prelims, Part 1: A Quick Summary

As of March 7, 2016, I passed my preliminary exam and will officially be a Ph.D. candidate Fall 2016. I took notes throughout my experience for the purpose of writing this post, and I’ve included some visuals to break up the text to really convey how this experience...

Student Spotlight: Vivian Truong

Like many undergraduates, it took some time for Vivian to find her bearings. Fortunately, once she discovered her passion, she didn’t look back. “I thought about marine biology and my dad wanted me to be a doctor, but when I took an ethnic studies class, things...

Your Field’s Big Meeting Isn’t Pointless

Last month, I had the opportunity to attend the American Chemical Society (ACS) national meeting in San Diego. The ACS meeting happens twice a year, once on the west coast and once on the east, and about 20,000 chemists from all over the world come to participate. The...

Legacy of Levi Barbour

The Barbour Scholarships are among the oldest and most prestigious awards granted by the University of Michigan, offering funding to female students from Asia since 1917. They are named for their founder, Levi Barbour, who received both his undergraduate and law...

Alumni Spotlight: George Oser

George Oser didn’t have a plan. Most doctoral alums have a set of goals to accomplish or a career plan to embark upon, but George views things differently. “I’ve never had goals. I just look around and see what is the most interesting for me at the time. I’ve never...