I-Uen (Yvonne) Hsu, Ph.D. Candidate, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Barbour Scholarship, Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship, Predoctoral Fellowship
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
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
Eric Bettis, Ph.D. Student, Urban and Regional Planning, Boehner Fellowship, Rackham Merit Fellowship
When people think of social equity, most don’t immediately think of a city transit system, but for Rackham graduate student, Eric Bettis, the two are directly related. As a second-year Ph.D. student in urban and regional planning at Taubman College, Eric spends the majority of his time thinking about how transit systems and transportation provision can be used to make the world more equitable. How does providing more transit options... continue reading
Chinbo Chong, Ph.D. Candidate, Political Science, Rackham Merit Fellowship, Clark & Robin Chandler Graduate Award, Rackham Conference Travel Grant
Originally from Seattle, political science Ph.D. candidate Chinbo Chong didn’t always think a career in academia was for her, but that all changed when she met someone with a potentially shared experience in the field. During her undergraduate career, she took her first political science course and was pleasantly surprised on the first day of class when her professor, an Asian American man, walked into the room.
“I knew I wanted... continue reading