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Student Spotlight: Kimberly Reyes

Student Spotlight: Kimberly Reyes

“Part of why I’m in grad school is to understand my own story and the stories of others like me.” Kim is the daughter of a Guatemalan immigrant. Her mother, trained as a nurse in her home country, came to Los Angeles with only a 6th grade formal education. Here in the...

Not Too Old for the Earth

Club doorman from the movie Knocked-Up: “I can’t let you in ‘cause you’re old as ****. For this club, you know, not for the Earth.” Every once in a while I get an e-mail from U-M that has my demographic information on it. Normally I don’t read the demographic stuff. I...

Student Spotlight: Joe Cialdella

Student Spotlight: Joe Cialdella

Space has a big influence on Joe Cialdella. He finds himself gravitating to work, research and opportunities to explore connections to the environment around him. Hailing from Kalamazoo, he came to Michigan as an undergraduate in the Residential College (RC). “While...

Student Spotlight: Anne Fitzpatrick

Student Spotlight: Anne Fitzpatrick

Anne attended Cornell for her undergraduate degree and fully expected to return there for graduate work after working for a few years. “Then I came to visit Michigan and knew this was the place for me. There are so many resources here, the faculty are accessible, the...

Student Spotlight: Katrina Ellis

Student Spotlight: Katrina Ellis

Katrina never planned on having a career in public health. What seemed at the time to be relatively minor life choices – first to travel and immerse herself in new cultures and experiences and second to delve into research – led to what she hopes is a long and...

Student Spotlight: Lia Wolock

Student Spotlight: Lia Wolock

“This is my third U-M degree,” Lia admits. Lia grew up in Southeastern Michigan with parents who were in public service law. Her parents invested long ago in a tuition program sponsored by the State of Michigan, the Michigan Education Trust (MET), so Lia’s...

Student Spotlight: Marcus White

Student Spotlight: Marcus White

“I’m exploring visibility, surveillance, and invisibility. I’m asking questions about how the moving body addresses these issues.” Marcus’ research in dance focuses on how the human body brings to life themes related to issues of visibility, surveillance and...

A New Focus

The following is a transcript of a Gmail chat between Douglas, a student blogger and Ph.D. Student in Communication Studies and Natalie Bartolacci, Academic Program Officer at Rackham Graduate School. Natalie: Hi Douglas! You are in your first year as a Ph.D. student,...

Student Spotlight: Lisa Domenico

Student Spotlight: Lisa Domenico

In the home stretch, Lisa is finishing the third of three papers that comprise her dissertation. Her research focuses on self-schema models (neurological networks that contain and process self-referential information) and how they serve as the unidentified mechanism...