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Student Spotlight: Amanda Healy

Amanda’s research focuses on postbellum historical fiction that represents the events of the U.S. past. Many of the novels she studies were written by or about women and the family and were long considered unimportant or apolitical. Her dissertation research shows that family ties were actually an important way that Americans in this period understood their relationship to the past, and their role in America's present and future.

Student Spotlight: Sam Kotler

“Other than good data, the most exciting thing for a scientist is talking about their work.” Sam said as he sat down to talk about his research and graduate student experience.

Sam holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of California at San Diego. “I thought I wanted to be an engineer, but it turns out I wasn’t crazy about it, so I applied to grad school.” With an undergraduate degree in physics, Sam wanted to return to his roots and discovered his passion there. When asked why he came to U-M, he grins and sheepishly says, “I’ve got to admit, I’ve been a Michigan football fan since I was a kid, but it helps that there was a lot of funding available, the biophysics department is great, and the faculty are doing research that I want to do.”

Student Spotlight: Meghan Forbes

A Ph.D. candidate in the Slavic Department, Meghan’s research focuses primarily on Czech and German literature and visual culture. Her dissertation centers on the relationship between the interwar Czech Avant-Garde of the 1920s and 30s, and other contemporary avant-garde or modernist movements in Europe (namely the Bauhaus in Germany and Surrealism in France).