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Doctoral Candidacy Ceremony

Rackham’s Doctoral Candidacy Ceremony, which takes place once each term, is designed to honor and celebrate students who have recently reached the milestone of being awarded candidate status, and to acknowledge this important transition in their academic careers.

Candidacy is the period in a doctoral student’s studies when they are deemed ready to undertake independent and original research resulting in a dissertation (Ph.D.) or to meet performance and document requirements (DMA). After passing the written and oral portions of their candidacy examinations, doctoral students are deemed to have achieved candidacy by having met all of their program’s course requirements, developed the necessary technical skills for work in their discipline, and demonstrated an ability to conduct the research or scholarship necessary to complete their degree.

Fall 2020 Candidates


  • Hayley Abourezk-Pinkstone
  • Hasan Abu-Amara
  • Hollie Adejumo
  • Agreen Ahmadi
  • Omar Ahmed
  • EunSeon Ahn
  • Turkestani Al
  • Pena Alarcon
  • Michelle Al-Ferzly
  • Abeer Aljahdali
  • Amani Alkayyali
  • Jess Allen
  • Mohammed Alshehri
  • Roman Alvarado
  • Hyochan An
  • James Andrews
  • Aubrey Annis
  • Srinivasan Arunachalam
  • Monteiro Bahia
  • Matthew Bakko
  • Surabhi Balachander
  • Rachael Baliira
  • Andwatta Barnes
  • Patrick Barnes
  • Mikayla Barry
  • Marina Bassana
  • Nathan Bauer
  • Alexa Beemer
  • Armand Behroozi
  • Hayley Beltz
  • Tal Benatar
  • Anthony Berardi
  • Timothy Berke
  • Kiana Bess
  • Kaustav Bhadra
  • Rupam Bhattacharyya
  • Christopher Bidlack
  • Laura Biester
  • Mitchell Black
  • William Black
  • Isaac Blythe
  • Nicholas Bockhaus
  • Claire Boeck
  • David Boggs
  • Peter-Philip Booth
  • Michael Booth
  • Laura Bossio
  • Elizabeth Bottorff
  • Charles Bowers
  • Leila Braun
  • Katherine Brausch
  • Joseph Breeden
  • Max Bright
  • Kelly Broen
  • Ethan Brooks
  • Margarita Brovkina
  • Margaret Brunette
  • Pavel Brunssen
  • Olive Burata
  • Amelia Burke
  • Noah Burrell
  • Johanna Buschhaus
  • Kyle Bushick
  • Harry Cai
  • Jenny Calahan
  • Casidy Campbell
  • Averill Cantwell
  • Jie Cao
  • Maria Carabello
  • Jack Carlisle
  • Megan Carlson
  • Nolan Carney
  • Laura Carroll
  • Wilka Carvalho
  • IV Castano
  • Branco Castelo
  • Dona Castillo
  • Santiago Castro
  • Vasquez Cervantes
  • Ruiying Chai
  • Anastasiia Chaikina
  • Elias Chandarlis
  • Tse-Shao Chang
  • Alina Chapman-Morales
  • Elizabeth Chase
  • Lili Chen
  • Judy Chen
  • Brian Chen
  • Yuting Chen
  • Mingshu Chen
  • Liang Chen
  • Hao Chen
  • Charlie Childs
  • Hsun-Wei Cho
  • Tae Cho
  • Joonghun Cho
  • Yehyun Choi
  • Soyeon Choi
  • Ian Chronis
  • Yulan Chu
  • John Chung
  • Carolina Chung
  • David Chung
  • Seon-Young Chung
  • Seokhyun Chung
  • Samuel Church
  • Solis Cisneros
  • Emily Coccia
  • Jill Coghlan
  • Ansley Conchola
  • Paloma Contreras
  • Claire Cook
  • Madelyn Cook
  • Madeline Cooke
  • Luis Correa
  • Julia Coxen
  • Jennifer Cresswell
  • Andrew Crocker
  • Bradley Crone
  • Elena Crosley
  • Chantal Croteau
  • Vivian Crum
  • Guangjie Cui
  • Yi Dai
  • Revanth Damerla
  • Duy-Khoi Dang
  • Antoinette Danku
  • Cara Davis
  • Ciara Davis
  • La De
  • Min Deng
  • Devon Dennison
  • Alex Denton
  • Samuel DePalma
  • Luke DeRoos
  • Jose Diaz
  • Katarina Dilillo
  • Nikhil Divekar
  • Katelyn Donahue
  • Shujun Dong
  • Bethany Donovan
  • Eryn Donovan
  • Karina Dotson
  • Gabrielle Dotson
  • Arianna Dotto
  • Audrey Drotos
  • Bois Du
  • Caetano Duarte
  • Mark Dulchavsky
  • Emilie Duranceau-Lapointe
  • Cassandra Dutcher
  • Tobias Dwyer
  • Caitlin Dyche
  • Emily Eberhardt
  • Elise Eden
  • Amelia Eichengreen
  • Ahmet Ekiz
  • Banani El
  • Balague Elayan
  • Emily Ellinger
  • James Elrod
  • Katlynn Emaus
  • Catherine Emery
  • Sylvia Emly
  • Carolina Espinoza
  • Augusto Espinoza
  • Gene Estrada
  • Rebull Estrada
  • Alexander Ethridge
  • John Etsell
  • Nizar Ezroura
  • Hayley Falk
  • Madison Fansher
  • Ali Farhat
  • LaRue Felder
  • Sara Feldman
  • Alex Feleo
  • Cameron Fen
  • Weijie Feng
  • Ibanez Fernandez
  • Jamie Ferris
  • Lloyd Fisher
  • Thomas Flanagan
  • Taylor Flowers
  • Alan Fossa
  • Amanda France
  • Joseph Frankl
  • Michaela Franzen
  • Paulina Fraser
  • Emily Freeburne
  • Alissa Freeman
  • Aaron Frutos
  • Katherine Furman
  • Karthik Ganapathy
  • Chao Gao
  • Zijun Gao
  • Chao Gao
  • Mingjie Gao
  • Miranda Garcia
  • Steven Garcia
  • Sharon Garrott
  • Keshav Garud
  • Kamal Gasimov
  • Mario Gaviria
  • Berhanu Gebremeskel
  • De George
  • Saba Gerami
  • Megha Ghosh
  • Rohan Ghuge
  • Nathan Giha
  • Tate Gill
  • Austin Glass
  • Nicholas Glenn
  • Eli Goldweber
  • Francisco Gomez-Rivera
  • Kamya Gopal
  • Rachael Gordon
  • Harsha Gouda
  • Josephine Granner
  • Elliot Greiner
  • Claire Griffith
  • Yifan Guan
  • Jian Guan
  • Valentina Guevara
  • Yijun Gui
  • Eric Gulson
  • Dinank Gupta
  • Chavarria Gutierrez
  • Jonathan Guzman
  • Bahareh Hadidian
  • Hannah Hafner
  • Marianna Hagler
  • Reagan Hairston
  • Rakesh Halder
  • Brian Hall
  • Ian Hall
  • Stephanie Hall
  • Erik Hall
  • Shawn Hallett
  • Troy Halseth
  • Kelly Hannavi
  • Audrey Hansen
  • Natalia Harris
  • Melissa Harris
  • Sidney Harris
  • Wenjia He
  • Huanqi He
  • Caitlin Hegarty
  • Olivia Helprin
  • David Helps
  • Christopher Hernacki
  • Caroline Hernandez-Casner
  • Tejera Higgins
  • Nathaniel Hill
  • Felicity Hills
  • Harrison Hiraki
  • Minh Ho
  • Michael Hoffman
  • Kristen Hong
  • Alexander Honold
  • Jeffrey Horowitz
  • Randeep Hothi
  • Mengjun Hou
  • Alexander Hrabski
  • Yen-Yu Hsu
  • Zhijian Hu
  • Wei-Hsiu Hu
  • Qiuhao Hu
  • Yuanhao Huang
  • Wesley Huang
  • Daniel Huber
  • Jordan Huffaker
  • Sarah Hughes
  • Cintia Huitzil
  • Maheen Humayun
  • Qiana Hunt
  • Aaron Huxford
  • Christine Hwang
  • Benjamin Ide
  • Sarah Inendino
  • Michael Ion
  • Safa Jabri
  • Levin Jackson
  • Elizabeth Jaeckel
  • Boonjae Jang
  • Xunbi Ji
  • Kun Jin
  • Abbas Jinia
  • Ebony Johnson
  • Andrea Jones
  • Kaylin Jones
  • Hojung Joo
  • Alexandra Judelsohn
  • Hyung Jun
  • Ju Jung
  • Usha Kadiyala
  • Amanda Kaminsky
  • Shugo Kaneko
  • Richard Kaplan
  • Stephanie Karol
  • Sarah Katz
  • Pragya Kaul
  • Gurcharan Kaur
  • Ashkan Kazemi
  • Kristen Kelsall
  • Joseph Kemper
  • Corwin Kerr
  • Dan Kessler
  • Nouman Khan
  • Sayantan Khan
  • Swarnim Khare
  • Jessica Kiebler
  • Karalyn Kiessling
  • Alexander Killion
  • Do Kim
  • Junghwan Kim
  • Renaid Kim
  • Ellen Kim
  • Cecelia Kinane
  • Kathleen Kish
  • Dianna Kitt
  • David Kitto
  • Jackie Kleinsasser
  • Jeffrey Knupp
  • Eunah Ko
  • Daehyun Ko
  • Kelsey Kochan
  • Steven Kurtz
  • Shannon Lacy
  • Allison Lahnala
  • Michelle Lam
  • Amy Langhorst
  • Mos Laoprapassorn
  • Jennifer Larios
  • Jess Lasoff-Santos
  • Ching-En Lee
  • Yu-Jen Lee
  • Christina Lee
  • Christina Lee
  • Jusang Lee
  • Sophie Lee
  • Kiwoong Lee
  • Siyul Lee
  • Stephan Lemmer
  • Benjamin Lempert
  • Julia Lenef
  • Joseph Letner
  • Jordan Leung
  • Zun Li
  • Jiayang Li
  • Yihua Li
  • Yijun Li
  • Changkun Li
  • Gabriel Li
  • Rusi Li
  • Lucinda Li
  • Chen Li
  • Jin Li
  • Chengcheng Li
  • Jiaxin Liang
  • Shirley Liang
  • Jiwon Lim
  • Jianping Lin
  • Saffron Little
  • Bowen Liu
  • Kaiwen Liu
  • Tianyu Liu
  • Yudan Liu
  • Meichen Liu
  • Kristen Loesel
  • Traci Lombre
  • Kevin Loughlin
  • Ta'Les Love
  • Andrew Loveless
  • Frances Lowder
  • Shawn Lu
  • Yangyi Lu
  • Ning Lu
  • Abigael Lucas
  • Rachael Lucero
  • Christine Lundahl
  • Haochang Luo
  • Jiacheng Ma
  • Jeffrey Ma
  • Sicong Ma
  • Peter Macdonald
  • Guadalupe Madrigal
  • Emily Makowski
  • Robert Malinas
  • William Mandelkorn
  • Marco Mangano
  • Emily Margolis
  • Erin Markiewitz
  • Robert Markum
  • Liz Marquis
  • Collin Marshall
  • Michael Martin
  • Paz Martinez
  • Pereira Masteling
  • Aarti Mathur
  • Akshay Mathur
  • Delvon Mattingly
  • Amanda Mauri
  • Ava Mauser
  • Sanchez May
  • David Mayers
  • Carly Mayhood
  • Marina Mayorski
  • Sean McCarty
  • Taylor McClain
  • Meghan McDermott
  • Andrew McGrath
  • Miles McGruder
  • Andrew McMillan
  • Baharan Meghdadi
  • Ashley Melnick
  • Allyssa Memmini
  • Johnny Mendoza
  • Wilson Merrell
  • Noah Meurs
  • Mackenzie Meyer
  • Daniel Meyerend
  • Ryan Migliore
  • Luke Miller
  • Ruby Miller
  • Peter Mitrano
  • Assainar Moochickal
  • N'dea Moore-Petinak
  • Rae Moors
  • Andrea Mora
  • Rodriguez Morales
  • Jonathan Morris
  • Malavika Mukundan
  • Michael Mumphrey
  • Emir Murathanoglu
  • Matea Mustafaj
  • Kate Napier
  • Kevin Napier
  • Brendan Nash
  • Pau Nava
  • Ishtiaque Navid
  • Caroline Nemechek
  • Nia Nickerson
  • Alexandra Norwood
  • Cynthia Nunez
  • Hannah Oberle
  • Ihudiya Ogbonnaya-Ogburu
  • Maribel Okiye
  • Morgan Oneka
  • del Orozco
  • Leon Otero
  • Fiki Owhoso
  • Bernardo Pacini
  • Natalie Packard
  • Jennie Paik
  • Missy Painter
  • Zsigmond Palvolgyi
  • Yanchao Pan
  • Nick Pant
  • Jun Park
  • Won Park
  • Yeori Park
  • Haeyoung Park
  • Susan Parker
  • Lindsey Parnarouskis
  • Roshan Paudel
  • Jana Pavlasek
  • Robin Pearce
  • Meaghan Pearson
  • Yimai Peng
  • Wenhao Peng
  • Hao Peng
  • Daniel Penley
  • Kristi Pepa
  • Tiani Perkins
  • Ariana Peruzzi
  • Lais Petri
  • Cheyenne Pettit
  • Deven Philbrick
  • Logan Piegols
  • Christopher Pineda
  • Winston Pitts
  • Madison Pletan
  • Brandon Ponder
  • Lauren Potts
  • Thomas Power
  • Cameron Pratt
  • Angelica Previero
  • Sarah Probst
  • Anthony Provenzano
  • Alarcon Puente
  • Jessica Puff
  • Brittany Puller
  • Exequiel Punzalan
  • Torben Purz
  • Yue Qin
  • Christine Quince
  • Zachary Quirk
  • Tyler Radler
  • Geila Rajaee
  • Yulduz Rakibova
  • Reethika Ramesh
  • Divya Ramesh
  • Tereza Ranosova
  • Visweswaran Ravikumar
  • Catherine Redmond
  • Chao Ren
  • Mack Reynolds
  • Julie Rieland
  • Reuben Riggs-Bookman
  • Ronnie Rios
  • Darrius Robinson
  • Tanner Robison
  • Jessica Roden
  • Valdes Rodriguez
  • Kazandra Rodriguez
  • Genesis Rodriguez
  • Timothy Rogers
  • Torres Roman
  • Rosa Romero
  • Evan Romero
  • Rohit Rothe
  • Bosun Roy-Layinde
  • Sarah Rozenblum
  • Yuping Ruan
  • Lauren Rudewicz
  • Sara Ruiz
  • Joana Rusche
  • Ryan Rutkoski
  • Amit Sadan
  • Daniel Salas-Escabillas
  • Brittany Salazar
  • Stephen Salerno
  • Gissell Sanchez
  • Robert Santucci
  • Marina Sarcinella
  • Manali Sawant
  • Catherine Schenck
  • Hannah Schrader
  • Sabet Seraj
  • Christopher Sercel
  • Francesco Sessa
  • Zachary Severs
  • Sajjad Seyedsalehi
  • Lediona Shahollari
  • Qianhua Shan
  • Desmond Shangase
  • Bridget Shayka
  • Xukang Shen
  • Yifan Shen
  • Haoming Shen
  • Eshe Sherley
  • Jia Shi
  • Ethan Shirley
  • Chenyang Shuai
  • Aditya Shukla
  • Yichen Si
  • Jasmine Simington
  • Sarah Simko
  • II Sinnott
  • Greg Smail
  • Max Smith
  • Kendon Smith
  • Kaylee Smith
  • Julia Smith
  • Emma Soberano
  • William Soergel
  • Divya Solomon
  • Hojun Son
  • Binglin Song
  • Laura Soter
  • de Sottil
  • Schulman Sousa
  • Kelly Sovacool
  • Brendan Sporer
  • Amanda Stanhaus
  • Gregory Stanley
  • Andrew Stephens
  • Matthew Stewart
  • Sarah Stilwell
  • Douglas Stockbridge
  • Greyson Stocker
  • Leanne Su
  • Shiuan-Haur Su
  • Yushi Sugimoto
  • Alika Sulaman
  • Jiachen Sun
  • Yuming Sun
  • Raman Sundara
  • Chun-Yen Sung
  • Harini Suri
  • Ari Sussman
  • Tessa Swanson
  • Eric Szymanski
  • Nishil Talati
  • Jessica Tami
  • Renke Tan
  • Shengpu Tang
  • Taba Tavakoli
  • Mohit Tekriwal
  • Jared Tenbrink
  • Junius Thomas
  • Emma Thornton-Kolbe
  • Elyse Thulin
  • Jiayi Tian
  • Mingyan Tian
  • Figueroa Tinoco
  • Donna Tjandra
  • Iride Tomazic
  • Max Toothman
  • Kevin Tracy
  • Vivian Tran
  • Meng-Ju Tsai
  • Yi-Ju Tseng
  • Ruowen Tu
  • Aunrika Tucker-Shabazz
  • Christopher Turner
  • Sumukha Udupa
  • Chiamaka Ukachukwu
  • Ranjitha Uppala
  • Henry Upton
  • Andrea Valedon-Trapote
  • Juan Valentin-Goyco
  • Pelt Van
  • Calli VanderWilde
  • Irene Vargas-Salazar
  • Jenna Veenstra
  • Michael Veksler
  • Carlos Vivaldo
  • Clayton Wagar
  • Marie Walicki
  • Derek Walker
  • Kelly Wang
  • Yizhuo Wang
  • Jiongming Wang
  • Xi Wang
  • Xingmin Wang
  • Edwin Wang
  • Chenlan Wang
  • Yu Wang
  • Michole Washington
  • Nicholas Wawrykow
  • Kai West
  • Sarah Wheat
  • she/her Wheeler
  • Alexa White
  • Collin Whittaker
  • Catherine Wilhelm
  • Jeffrey Williams
  • Veronica Williamson
  • Elisha Willinger
  • Riley Wilson
  • Rachel Wilson
  • Nicole Wilson
  • Claire Wincott
  • Andrew Wintenberg
  • Whitney Wolff
  • Gonzales Wong
  • Katie Wong
  • Jesse Wotring
  • Shengjia Wu
  • Yang Xu
  • Chang Xu
  • Jin Xu
  • Anirudh Yadav
  • Xintao Yan
  • Colleen Yancey
  • Jinny Yang
  • Rachel Yang
  • Mingyu Yang
  • Yao Yao
  • Ellen Yeats
  • Chun Yiu
  • Kane York
  • Mengjie Yu
  • Joonyoung Yu
  • Ge Yu
  • Xubo Yue
  • Htet Zaw
  • Troy Zehnder
  • Li Zhang
  • Yuhang Zhang
  • Sam Zhang
  • Jade Zhang
  • Boya Zhang
  • Shuqing Zhang
  • Charles Zhang
  • Sherrice Zhang
  • Lunyu Zhang
  • Luchen Zhang
  • Shiyu Zhang
  • Bu Zhao
  • Charlotte Zhao
  • Haizhong Zheng
  • Sheng Zhong
  • Tongqing Zhou
  • Yihao Zhuang
  • Cassandra Zuckerman
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