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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

Bryan Maldonado

Bryan Maldonado, Ph.D. Student, Mechanical Engineering, Rackham Summer Award

Student Spotlight: Bryan Maldonado

Kyah Dubay 02/02/2018

Bryan Maldonado, originally from Ecuador, knew that when it came to being on the cutting edge of automotive technology, there was no better place to go than Michigan. “The decision was easy,” he said. “Michigan was the best option by far.” Bryan came to Rackham in 2014 as a master’s student and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. Growing up, Bryan had always had an interest in cars, and... continue reading

Juan Jaen

Juan Jaen, M.S., Ph.D., Chemistry

Alumni Spotlight: Juan Jaen

Kyah Dubay 02/02/2018

“I wonder if I could go to school here.” That was Juan Jaen’s thought as he walked past the University of Michigan’s old chemistry building while visiting from his home city of Madrid (Spain). Anita, his girlfriend at the time, now his wife, replied, “Well, go inside and ask.” So he did. Even though he hadn’t yet finished his undergraduate degree in organic chemistry, that was Juan’s first step... continue reading

Carissa Schmidt

Carissa Schmidt, Ph.D. Candidate, Health Behavior and Health Education, Rackham Merit Fellowship

Student Spotlight: Carissa Schmidt

Kyah Dubay 01/05/2018

We often view society’s youth as a problem to be solved—how can we keep them out of trouble? What do we do when they eventually rebel? Rackham graduate student, Carissa Schmidt, believes that by showing today’s young people that they’re valued as individuals with unique thoughts, feelings, and opinions, rather than as problems, we can encourage positive development and provide more than adequate opportunities for growth... continue reading

Jeff Hansen

Jeff Hansen, M.S., Ph.D. Microbiology

Alumni Spotlight: Jeff Hansen

Kyah Dubay 01/05/2018

Where science went, so did Jeff Hansen, from a college campus to the newsroom and back again. With an undergraduate degree in Economics, a Ph.D. in Microbiology, and a career in journalism, his career path might seem nontraditional, but to him, it makes perfect sense. After earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in just three years, Jeff enrolled at Harvard Law School, but took a leave of absence after the first... continue reading