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Rackham 2018 Honors and Awards

Each year, Rackham is thrilled to honor exceptional student research and outstanding instructors and faculty mentors. Browse the awards below to learn more and see this year’s recipients.

Reception after Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship Ceremony

Reception after Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship Ceremony.

Learning and Growing from the Teachings of Young Women of Color

As a recipient of the Rackham Public Scholarship Grant, I have worked collaboratively with Sadie Nash Leadership Project’s (SNLP) ELLA Fellows over the past seven months. There are 14 fellows, high school and college-aged women of color, who exemplify leadership skills and qualities. Through training workshops facilitated by SNLP staff and myself, these young women are gaining and refining their facilitation, evaluation, and community engaged research design skills. The Fellows are working to activate, support, and mobilize their communities on a variety of relevant social justice issues. Working on this project has been critical to my development as a community-engaged scholar, and has expanded and reaffirmed two beliefs that I have carried with me into graduate school.

The Shape of Things to Overcome

In our Q&A, award-winning novelist and essayist Esmé Weijun Wang (M.F.A. '10) talks about reimagining the path to her goals when faced with obstacles to her mental and physical health.

Esmé Weijun Wang is an accomplished writer for whom the journey to accomplishment has been heavily defined by her experiences with illness. Her debut novel, The Border of Paradise, grew out of her thesis project at U-M and explores the impact of a character's deteriorating mental health on a family's past and future. It was named one of NPR's Best Books of 2016, and last year she was named to Granta's Best of Young American Novelists list. Wang has also been recognized for her nonfiction writing, having won the 2016 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize and this year's Whiting Award for material that comprises her forthcoming essay collection, The Collected Schizophrenias.