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Sudha Krishnamurthy

Sudha Krishnamurthy, Ph.D., Oral Health Sciences

Alumni Spotlight: Sudha Krishnamurthy

By Sheila Waterhouse, Alumni Engagement Officer, Rackham Graduate School
June 23, 2017 - 5:43pm

As the Program Director of the Office of Postdoctoral and Graduate Affairs at the Gladstone Institutes, Dr. Sudha Krishnamurthy says that the most rewarding part of her career is working with graduate students and postdocs on their career and professional development. Sudha began her own professional career in 1999, when she entered dental school in India, a five-year program that she completed in 2004. During this time, she became interested in clinical dentistry—specifically early prevention and treatment—and decided to pursue a doctorate in oral cancer research.

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Brandon Patterson

Brandon Patterson, M.A., Higher Education and M.S.I., Information

Student Spotlight: Brandon Patterson

By Sheila Waterhouse, Alumni Engagement Officer, Rackham Graduate School
June 23, 2017 - 5:07pm

Before coming to U-M for his dual Master’s degrees, Brandon worked in international education at his alma mater, The University of Utah. He worked for the International Center advising students on immigration regulations. It was through building close relationships with international students that he began seeing how students connected to content– often digitally. “I saw these connections being made by students with online resources. They were connecting to higher education through technology first. I wanted to bring this thread into my work.”

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Heidi Gansen

Heidi Gansen, Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology, Rackham Summer Award, Rackham Debt Management Award

Student Spotlight: Heidi Gansen

By Sheila Waterhouse, Alumni Engagement Officer, Rackham Graduate School
June 12, 2017 - 4:39pm

As a 4th year Ph.D. candidate in Sociology, Heidi Gansen is at home here at the University of Michigan. Originally from Iowa, she attended nearby University of Northern Iowa for her bachelor’s in Sociology and Criminology and then for her Master’s in Sociology. Moving to Michigan had to be a sure thing for her to venture far away from her home base; and it was.

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Ozgen Felek

Ozgen Felek, Ph.D., Near Eastern Studies

Alumni Spotlight: Ozgen Felek

By Sheila Waterhouse, Alumni Engagement Officer, Rackham Graduate School
June 12, 2017 - 3:13pm

Born in a small village in western Turkey, Dr. Ozgen Felek knew from the age of six that she wanted to be an author. Her journey to achieving this dream began in the city of Denizli, Turkey, where she completed her primary and secondary education. When she graduated from high school, wearing a headscarf was not possible in universities, so she decided not to apply for college until the headscarf ban was abolished. Six months after her high school graduation, she married and moved with her husband to Elazig, a small city in eastern Turkey, where he began his medical residency.

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Chukwuka Mbagwu

Chukwuka Mbagwu, Ph.D. Candidate, Aerospace Engineering, President, Rackham Student Government

Student Spotlight: Chukwuka Mbagwu

By Sheila Waterhouse, Alumni Engagement Officer, Rackham Graduate School
May 26, 2017 - 9:14am

As a junior in high school in Southern California, Chuky developed a real interest in physics, science and engineering. The timing was good, since he was shaping up college applications as that interest grew. And that is apparently how a rocket scientist is made. There was help along the way from MIT, his undergraduate institution, and, of course, U-M.

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