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Discover how Michigan graduate alumni are creating positive change in the world. Discover the groundbreaking research and achievements of our students. Discover what puts Rackham at the center of the graduate student experience.

Discover Today’s Rackham Graduate School

Rachel Cawkwell

Ph.D. Candidate, English Language and Literature, Program in Public Scholarship

Student Spotlight: Rachel Cawkwell

Sheila Waterhouse 08/23/2017

Rachel has a history of engaged learning and deep commitment to volunteerism that she honed during her undergraduate experience at Emory University. In her first year of her Ph.D. program, she took an engaged learning course in the Residential College, the lone graduate student in the class. “I wanted to see how service learning worked here. It was such a welcoming community, and it was there that I got involved with PCAP.” She is now in her third semester running a theater workshop with the Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP)... continue reading

Steve Ullmann

Steve Ullmann, Ph.D., Economics

Alumni Spotlight: Steve Ullmann

Kyah Dubay 08/11/2017

As an undergraduate student at University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Steve Ullmann knew he would continue his education and eventually build a career in economics, specifically in antitrust and regulatory theory. He had extensive conversations with faculty and mentors, during which he expressed his goals of studying at the graduate level, and they all replied with the same advice: Go to Michigan. And go to Michigan, he did. What Steve didn’t know was that he would soon veer slightly off his chosen path, step outside his comfort zone... continue reading

Colleen Crouch

Colleen Crouch, Ph.D. Candidate, Mechanical Engineering, Division 2 Representative and Student Life Chair, Rackham Student Government, Rackham Merit Fellowship

Student Spotlight: Colleen Crouch

Sheila Waterhouse 08/04/2017

Colleen is exploring. She grew up on a farm and went to college in a big city. She lived in the Southeast and on the West coast. Now she’s enjoying what the Midwest has to offer. “Ann Arbor offered a chance for something completely new. I wanted to explore a different part of the country. I also wanted a school with Division 1 sports - I have season tickets to football and hockey.” Colleen says research is a major component of choosing and staying at U-M. Outside interests play a part, too: “One factor important to... continue reading

Nkemka AnyiwoNkemka Anyiwo, Ph.D. Candidate, Psychology and Social Work, Program in Public Scholarship Award

Student Spotlight: Nkemka Anyiwo

Sheila Waterhouse 07/24/2017

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... continue reading