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Cheri Chan

Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, Barbour Scholarship

Alumni Spotlight: Cheri Chan

By Sheila Waterhouse, Alumni Engagement Officer, Rackham Graduate School
April 24, 2017 - 4:49pm

Born in Hong Kong, Cheri Chan (2007) attended British boarding school and then began her journey as an international student at Cornell University in 2000, where she majored in Biological Sciences with a minor in Cognitive Science. Initially, she considered pursuing a career in cancer research; however, as she progressed in her degree program, Cheri realized that she was becoming increasingly passionate about another topic: how culture and language work together to shape the way we view the world and how we interact with others. “I realized... continue reading

Elizabeth Dreyer

Elizabeth Dreyer, Ph.D. Candidate, Electrical Engineering, Rackham Merit Fellowship

Student Spotlight: Elizabeth Dreyer

By Sheila Waterhouse, Alumni Engagement Officer, Rackham Graduate School
April 21, 2017 - 2:57pm

Her sophomore year at Michigan Tech University, Liz discovered optics and fell in love with light. “To me waves make sense. In electrical engineering, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. In order for me to effectively contribute to the world, I needed to learn more about optics,” she explains. “In my junior year, I started thinking about grad school. I came to U-M for a conference and the female grad students convinced me to go for a Ph.D. My family and my husband’s family are from Michigan, so being an hour... continue reading

Patricia Griffin

Patricia Griffin, Ph.D., Education

Alumni Spotlight: Patricia Griffin

By Sheila Waterhouse, Alumni Engagement Officer, Rackham Graduate School
April 10, 2017 - 4:19pm

Patricia Griffin recognizes that many graduate students weren’t as financially fortunate as she was. As a Ph.D. student in Education at U-M in the 1970s, she recalls, “Not everybody had the financial freedom I had. While I was in graduate school I was lucky enough to secure a half-time position in the public schools that paid well, thus freeing me to devote the time needed to my studies. Therefore, I was in good shape financially compared to many of my peers who had to rely on a variety of less stable resources to help pay for... continue reading

Aeriel Murphy

Aeriel Murphy, Ph.D. Candidate, Materials Science and Engineering, Rackham Merit Fellowship

Student Spotlight: Aeriel Murphy

By Sheila Waterhouse, Alumni Engagement Officer, Rackham Graduate School
April 7, 2017 - 4:34pm

Aeriel Murphy was the kid doing science fair projects even when there wasn’t a science fair. Moving to a very rural Alabama community when she started high school, she could easily have gotten lost. Her family, most of whom are educators, had raised her to recognize opportunity, and that’s what happened when a teacher noticed her aptitude for math and science and told her about the science fair. Above and beyond that experience, Aeriel started doing research in high school, working with a professor at the University of Alabama for... continue reading