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.”
Amy Westmoreland, Ph.D. Candidate, Psychology, Predoctoral Fellowship
Amy’s dissertation looks at diversity in the workplace and how racial stereotypes influence chances for upward mobility. She particularly focuses on Asian Americans and the model minority myth that portrays Asian Americans as competent and smart but lacking social skills, stereotyping them as fit for jobs that require competence and technical expertise but unfit for jobs that require leadership skills.
Veena Sahajwalla, Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering
Veena Sahajwalla vividly remembers her interview for the Barbour Scholarship program. She remembers sitting in the interview room, feeling nervous, and being asked what impact she wanted to have on the world - what her vision was for her own legacy. Her response? “To use engineering to improve the quality of people’s lives, to take any lessons back to India, and to have a global impact.” She was soon selected for the scholarship and eventually earned her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering.
Sudha Krishnamurthy, Ph.D., Oral Health Sciences
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.
Last updated: February 13, 2015 - 11:38am