Beverly Tatum, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, President Emerita, Spelman College
Beverly returned to Ann Arbor recently. Her career as a psychologist, author, educator, and administrator has had a profound influence on a generation of students, a distinction the University of Michigan wanted to recognize. They did so on a grand scale, as she received an honorary doctorate at the U-M commencement ceremony in May to sit beside the one she earned at U-M in 1984.
Cheri Chan (left) with Nokukhanya (Noks) Shabalala, a graduating senior and student leader at Concordia University, Irvine.
Born in Hong Kong, Cheri Chan (2007) attended British boarding school and then began her journey as an international student at Cornell University in 2000, where she majored in Biological Sciences with a minor in Cognitive Science. Initially, she considered pursuing a career in cancer research; however, as she progressed in her degree program, Cheri realized that she was becoming increasingly passionate about another topic: how culture and language work together to shape the way we view the world and how we interact with others.
Elizabeth Dreyer, Ph.D. Candidate, Electrical Engineering, Rackham Merit Fellowship
Her sophomore year at Michigan Tech University, Liz discovered optics and fell in love with light. “To me waves make sense. In electrical engineering, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. In order for me to effectively contribute to the world, I needed to learn more about optics,” she explains.
Patricia Griffin, Ph.D., Education
Patricia Griffin recognizes that many graduate students weren’t as financially fortunate as she was.
Aeriel Murphy, Ph.D. Candidate, Materials Science and Engineering, Rackham Merit Fellowship
Aeriel Murphy was the kid doing science fair projects even when there wasn’t a science fair. Moving to a very rural Alabama community when she started high school, she could easily have gotten lost. Her family, most of whom are educators, had raised her to recognize opportunity, and that’s what happened when a teacher noticed her aptitude for math and science and told her about the science fair. Above and beyond that experience, Aeriel started doing research in high school, working with a professor at the University of Alabama for three years before studying there.
Last updated: February 13, 2015 - 11:38am