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Barbour Scholars

Among the oldest and most prestigious awards granted by the University of Michigan, offering funding to female students from Asia and the Middle East since 1917.

The Rackham Graduate School celebrated the 100-year anniversary of the Barbour Scholarship throughout 2017. Barbour Scholars gathered to share their experiences and look to the future of the education of Asian women.

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Announcing the 2020-2021 Barbour Scholars

Among the oldest and most prestigious awards granted by the University of Michigan, the Barbour Scholarship funds exceptional female graduate students from Asia and the Middle-East.

SeoHyun Bae (second from left) works with the staff of SharePlus Graphic Design in their office.

Animating Public Health

Through a new program, Rackham alum and former Barbour scholar SeoHyun Bae is empowering local people in Ethiopia to help their own communities.

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Grass-Fed Fossils

2019 Barbour Scholar Bian Wang is uncovering the prehistoric ecology of the Great Plains through an unlikely source—fossilized teeth.

Elham Asghari Adib works in the lab

Fighting for Their Memory

Barbour Scholar Elham Asghari Adib explores the cellular roots of neurodegenerative disease.

Introducing the 2019-2020 Barbour Scholars

On Wednesday, March 27, 2019, the Rackham Graduate School honored the 102nd cohort of Barbour Scholars—eight high-achieving women who come from a vast array of backgrounds and fields of study.

Total Scholars by Discipline

  • Biological and Health Science 21.02% 21.02%
  • Humanities and the Arts 20.63% 20.63%
  • Physical Sciences and Engineering 20.24% 20.24%
  • Social Sciences 38.11% 38.11%
  • Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) 2.27% 2.27%

Degrees Earned by Barbours

  • Bachelor’s Degree 3.07% 3.07%
  • Master’s Degree 36.25% 36.25%
  • Doctoral Degree 57.77% 57.77%
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.) 0.65% 0.65%

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