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Student Spotlight: Katy Peplin

It’s exciting to explore uncharted territory. That’s what Katy – and her department – are doing with the young Ph.D. program in Screen Arts and Cultures. “I think we’ve had three Ph.D. candidates graduate so far.”

After receiving an undergraduate degree in Screen Arts and Cultures here at U-M, Katy made the big move to LA for a Master’s in film at UCLA. The strong faculty at Michigan drew her back to U-M to pursue her doctorate in the program they had recently begun.

Student Spotlight: Steve Allen

In his Ph.D. research, Steve is studying inflammatory breast cancer, specifically the microenvironment of normal tissue and immune responses to determine how non-cancerous cells may make this form of cancer more aggressive. A fundamental characteristic of inflammatory breast cancer is not necessarily that it grows and divides more rapidly than non-inflammatory breast cancer, but that inflammatory breast cancer cells are much more migratory and invasive. “This is considered the most lethal form of breast cancer; it comes on quickly, is quick forming and can metastasize within weeks and months instead of years.” he says.

Student Spotlight: John Gutoskey

A printmaker and assemblage artist, John Gutoskey was inspired to return for a Master’s in Fine Art later in life than many of his peers. He’s filled his three years as a graduate student at U-M with a significant list of accomplishments, attributing some of this drive to the fact that he’s a non-traditional student.