Bryan Maldonado, Ph.D. Student, Mechanical Engineering, Rackham Summer Award
Bryan Maldonado, originally from Ecuador, knew that when it came to being on the cutting edge of automotive technology, there was no better place to go than Michigan. “The decision was easy,” he said. “Michigan was the best option by far.”
Juan Jaen, M.S., Ph.D., Chemistry
“I wonder if I could go to school here.” That was Juan Jaen’s thought as he walked past the University of Michigan’s old chemistry building while visiting from his home city of Madrid (Spain). Anita, his girlfriend at the time, now his wife, replied, “Well, go inside and ask.” So he did. Even though he hadn’t yet finished his undergraduate degree in organic chemistry, that was Juan’s first step towards becoming a Rackham graduate student.
Carissa Schmidt, Ph.D. Candidate, Health Behavior and Health Education, Rackham Merit Fellowship
We often view society’s youth as a problem to be solved—how can we keep them out of trouble? What do we do when they eventually rebel? Rackham graduate student, Carissa Schmidt, believes that by showing today’s young people that they’re valued as individuals with unique thoughts, feelings, and opinions, rather than as problems, we can encourage positive development and provide more than adequate opportunities for growth.
Jeff Hansen, M.S., Ph.D. Microbiology
Where science went, so did Jeff Hansen, from a college campus to the newsroom and back again. With an undergraduate degree in Economics, a Ph.D. in Microbiology, and a career in journalism, his career path might seem nontraditional, but to him, it makes perfect sense.
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.
Last updated: February 13, 2015 - 11:38am