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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.

Last updated: January 11, 2017 - 12:54pm

Discover Today’s Rackham Graduate School

Maryam Aziz

Maryam Aziz, Ph.D. Candidate, American Culture, Rackham Merit Fellowship

Student Spotlight: Maryam Aziz

Sheila Waterhouse 10/06/2017

Maryam is a 4th year candidate in American Culture. Her research looks at martial arts during the black power movement in 60s and 70s, how martial arts were used in other social movements and how we can use and learn from this to build social movements. She explains, “I wanted to look at the long history of black vets doing martial arts. It is so interesting to learn how many black movements thought martial arts were crucial and practical... continue reading

Neill Mohammad talking to group of people

Neill Mohammad, Ph.D., Political Science

Alumni Spotlight: Neill Mohammad

Kyah Dubay 09/06/2017

Whether he’s on the campaign trail, advocating for hospitals in rural Illinois, or offering advice for Rackham graduate students, one question guides Neill Mohammad’s day-to-day work: How can he use his experiences to help others? It was in November 2016 that Neill considered running for public office for the first time since he tossed his hat in the ring for fifth-grade class treasurer. As a Rackham graduate student, Neill was... continue reading

Sarah Gutin, Ph.D. Student, Health Behavior and Health Education, Rackham Merit Fellowship, Rackham Summer Award, Rackham Research Award

Sarah Gutin, Ph.D. Student, Health Behavior and Health Education, Rackham Merit Fellowship, Rackham Summer Award, Rackham Research Award

Student Spotlight: Sarah Gutin

Sheila Waterhouse 09/01/2017

In her undergraduate years at U-M, Sarah felt a calling towards public health but didn’t know what aspect was the right fit for her, until she took a women’s reproductive health course, that’s when she knew. She hasn’t looked back. Being a good researcher, she put her new passion to the test by interning at a women’s health advocacy group in Washington DC. “I loved every minute of it. I proved to myself this is what I wanted to do.” Sarah... continue reading

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... continue reading