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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 three years before studying there.

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Charles Betsey

Charles Betsey, A.B. and Ph.D., Economics

Alumni Spotlight: Charles Betsey

By Sheila Waterhouse, Alumni Engagement Officer, Rackham Graduate School
March 21, 2017 - 10:39am

Charles Betsey spent most of his childhood in Detroit.  His family moved to Ann Arbor the summer before 9th grade and like many local kids, he had aspirations of becoming a Michigan Wolverine. “I still remember the joy I felt the day I received my acceptance letter to LSA. I was sure I was going to be a Spanish teacher, but when I took my first course in economics, taught by Dan Fusfeld, I realized econ was for me.” Dr. Betsey fulfilled his dream twice over, completing his undergraduate degree in Economics and Spanish and continuing immediately for his Ph.D.

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