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.
Brandon Patterson, M.A., Higher Education and M.S.I., Information
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.”
Heidi Gansen, Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology, Rackham Summer Award, Rackham Debt Management Award
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.
Ozgen Felek, Ph.D., Near Eastern Studies
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.
Last updated: February 13, 2015 - 11:38am