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Discover how Michigan graduate alumni are creating positive change in the world. Discover the groundbreaking research and achievements of our students. Discover what puts Rackham at the center of the graduate student experience.

Last updated: January 11, 2017 - 12:54pm

Discover Today’s Rackham Graduate School

Melissa Coppola

Melissa Coppola, D.M.A. Candidate, Piano Pedagogy and Performance

Student Spotlight: Melissa Coppola

Kyah Dubay 06/29/2018

Melissa Coppola is bringing classical music to life, not only for those who already love it, but for those who have yet to experience it. According to the National Endowment for the Arts, classical music attendance has decreased rapidly over the last ten years, and Melissa thinks making it more interactive could help. “By presenting music in thought-provoking ways like adding visuals and other interesting elements and media, we can bridge... continue reading

Jeannine Bell

Jeannine Bell, A.M. & Ph.D., Political Science, J.D. Law, Rackham Merit Fellowship and Susan Lipschutz Award

Alumni Spotlight: Jeannine Bell

Kyah Dubay 06/22/2018

As a social justice activist and scholar raised in 1970s Detroit, Jeannine Bell is no stranger to the challenges faced by marginalized populations today. Currently a professor at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Jeannine focuses on the systemic racism that permeates the layers of American society. Her latest book, Hate Thy Neighbor: Move-In Violence and the Persistence of Racial Segregation in American Housing, explores the factors... continue reading

I-Uen (Yvonne) Hsu

I-Uen (Yvonne) Hsu, Ph.D. Candidate, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Barbour Scholarship, Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship, Predoctoral Fellowship

Student Spotlight: I-Uen (Yvonne) Hsu

Kyah Dubay 05/18/2018

In 1996, scientists mapped out the STAC (SH3 and cysteine rich domain) family of genes. Since then, their function has been somewhat of a mystery. That is, until around twenty years later when in Dr. John Kuwada’s lab at University of Michigan, a group of researchers including Ph.D. candidate I-Uen (Yvonne) Hsu discovered the STAC3 gene’s purpose and the mechanism underlying it. We know that every living thing is made of cells,... continue reading

Emily Saidel, Ph.D. Student, Communication Studies, Ruth Youngblood Fellowship

Student Spotlight: Emily Saidel

Kyah Dubay 04/06/2018

The West Wing. Scandal. House of Cards. Veep. Madam Secretary. What might be entertainment to us is research material for Ph.D. student Emily Saidel, as she digs deeper into the fictional representations of the United States federal government. Emily completed her undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities with a concentration in Theater and Performance Studies at the University of Chicago in 2005. With no intention... continue reading