Paolo Maranzana, Ph.D. Candidate, Classical Art and Archaeology, Rackham Emergency Funding and Rackham Conference Travel Grant
Originally from Italy, Paolo Maranzana earned his master’s degree in the UK and came to the University of Michigan with an already-established international point of view. As an aspiring scholar of archeology, he wanted to go somewhere on the cutting edge of the field, an institution that could support his research ideas and his desire to teach. He had a specific interest in Roman cities, and he knew there were at least four faculty members at U-M who were already working closely with the kind of research he hoped to conduct.
Seda Kayim, Ph.D. Candidate, Architecture
Seda Kayim has literally crossed oceans in pursuit of education in the face of adversity. Originally from Turkey, Seda experienced, first hand, the impact of the restrictions the government placed on academic institutions, as well as the authoritative pursuit of urban projects, despite public opposition. She worked as an architectural journalist and media producer after graduating with her B.Sc. and M.Sc.
Tiffany Marra, Ph.D., Educational Studies
Tiffany Marra has always had a heart for social justice. Even as a high school student in an agricultural part of California with a majority Latino population, she noticed a clear disparity in the opportunities available to different students. Some students were able to spend extra time studying or socializing, while others went straight to work after school to support their families.
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.
Last updated: February 13, 2015 - 11:38am