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.
Steve Ullmann, Ph.D., Economics
As an undergraduate student at University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Steve Ullmann knew he would continue his education and eventually build a career in economics, specifically in antitrust and regulatory theory. He had extensive conversations with faculty and mentors, during which he expressed his goals of studying at the graduate level, and they all replied with the same advice: Go to Michigan.
Colleen Crouch, Ph.D. Candidate, Mechanical Engineering, Division 2 Representative and Student Life Chair, Rackham Student Government, Rackham Merit Fellowship
Colleen is exploring. She grew up on a farm and went to college in a big city. She lived in the Southeast and on the West coast. Now she’s enjoying what the Midwest has to offer. “Ann Arbor offered a chance for something completely new. I wanted to explore a different part of the country. I also wanted a school with Division 1 sports - I have season tickets to football and hockey.”
Nkemka did a lot of work in youth community organizations over a number of years and through those experiences, she recognized that so many people have intentions of what they want to do with the kids they support but don’t have the research foundation to ground programs. “Community based organizations would benefit from others who can investigate processes and who care about community engagement research. I felt like I could do that, and my research exposure had me realize the connections between community work and the research I was doing.”
David K. Jones, Ph.D., Health Services Organization and Policy
Before coming to the University of Michigan, David K. Jones worked in the Idaho legislature, finding himself increasingly interested in policy at the state level. When it came time to find the right place to pursue his graduate education, he knew he needed an institution where he would combine his two areas of interest- politics and health policy. That, combined with a myriad of other factors, attracted him to a U-M education. “Michigan had everything I was looking for – expert faculty, a collegial and supportive atmosphere, and great funding options.”