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Engage & Connect

Join our global alumni network, discover what alums are accomplishing, share your achievements.

Each year, nearly 900 doctoral and over 2,100 master's degree recipients join the ranks of Rackham Graduate School alumni. These alumni have, in large and small ways, left their marks on the university and made our world a better place.

We invite you, our alumni, to stay connected with the university. With a global network of 90,000+ alumni, you have an opportunity to connect with classmates, peers, and professionals around the world in your field and in others.

Alumni Profiles

Do you wonder what Rackham alumni do for a living? The varied career options alumni take offer great examples and words of wisdom for current students.

Featured Profile

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JoAnne Simson, M.S., Anatomy, (graduate program through the medical school)

Job Title and Organization

Professor emeritus, Medical University of South Carolina

First Position After Graduate School

My first position after graduate school at U-M was as a tissue-culture technician at S.U.N.Y. in Syracuse, NY. While in Syracuse, I went back to graduate school and earned the Ph.D. in Anatomy. Afterwards, I did postdoctoral work at Temple University Health Sciences Center in Philadelphia. My major professional activity has been at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, where I did research and taught for 27 years, until retirement.

Career Skills Graduate Students Should Develop

First and foremost, competency in their field, for obvious reasons. Then writing skills are important, including grant-writing and resume-writing.

Advice for Graduate Students

Persistence is probably as important as skill and luck.

Last updated: October 11, 2016 - 3:12pm