Jiu-Hwa Upshur, Ph.D, History, and the students she funded in 2014 through the Chia Lun Lo Fellowship she established to honor her father
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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.
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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.
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