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Student Spotlight: Colin Zarzycki

Colin has been interested in hurricanes and cyclones since he was a kid. When it came time for graduate school, he knew he wanted to study weather and cyclones. While his department represents only one third of the Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences program, this small but mighty group has taken their field by storm.

His journey to the University of Michigan was a joint venture. As happens with many graduate students, Colin and his girlfriend were applying to graduate programs at the same time. This complicated their efforts, but Michigan had nationally-ranked programs for both of them. “At the end of the day, it was an easy decision.” he says.

Student Spotlight: Jacki Antonovich

As we walk through the building to find a quiet place to talk, Jackie reminisces about time spent in Rackham as a part of the Summer Institute before officially beginning her graduate studies. “I spent a lot of time on the fourth floor that summer. This building is so comforting because of it.”

“Spending the summer at SI gave me a huge leg up when starting grad school. It did a wonderful job of preparing me emotionally and mentally for the challenges and opportunities to come. There was recognition of the different types of graduate students and how to get support on campus. There were even panels to help spouses acclimate to Ann Arbor.”

Student Spotlight: Sherri Cook

Sherri’s dissertation examines the fields of waste management and water management, using environmental biotechnology models to answer important questions. Specifically, one aspect of her research focuses on how to best dispose of unused pharmaceuticals, examining the entire system, including issues of sustainability, environment, social ramifications and cost. Her goal is to determine what is the best decision for the environment and society. This research also aims to improve our understanding of technologies that meet sustainability standards but are not reliable across a wide range of applications and integrate systems and life cycle thinking with design methodology and treatment process models.