Joshua Hyman, Ph.D., Public Policy and Economics
Josh Hyman is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Policy, the Department of Economics, and the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut, so he spends the majority of his waking hours interacting with college students; however, he often wonders: how many students aren’t here that could be? And at what point do finances begin to play a detrimental role?
Maryam Aziz, Ph.D. Candidate, American Culture, Rackham Merit Fellowship
Maryam is a 4th year candidate in American Culture. Her research looks at martial arts during the black power movement in 60s and 70s, how martial arts were used in other social movements and how we can use and learn from this to build social movements. She explains, “I wanted to look at the long history of black vets doing martial arts. It is so interesting to learn how many black movements thought martial arts were crucial and practical because of the self-defense techniques.
Neill Mohammad, Ph.D., Political Science
Whether he’s on the campaign trail, advocating for hospitals in rural Illinois, or offering advice for Rackham graduate students, one question guides Neill Mohammad’s day-to-day work: How can he use his experiences to help others?
Sarah Gutin, Ph.D. Student, Health Behavior and Health Education, Rackham Merit Fellowship, Rackham Summer Award, Rackham Research Award
In her undergraduate years at U-M, Sarah felt a calling towards public health but didn’t know what aspect was the right fit for her, until she took a women’s reproductive health course, that’s when she knew. She hasn’t looked back. Being a good researcher, she put her new passion to the test by interning at a women’s health advocacy group in Washington DC. “I loved every minute of it. I proved to myself this is what I wanted to do.”
Ph.D. Candidate, English Language and Literature, Program in Public Scholarship
Rachel has a history of engaged learning and deep commitment to volunteerism that she honed during her undergraduate experience at Emory University. In her first year of her Ph.D. program, she took an engaged learning course in the Residential College, the lone graduate student in the class. “I wanted to see how service learning worked here.