Eric Bettis, Ph.D. Student, Urban and Regional Planning, Boehner Fellowship, Rackham Merit Fellowship
When people think of social equity, most don’t immediately think of a city transit system, but for Rackham graduate student, Eric Bettis, the two are directly related. As a second-year Ph.D. student in urban and regional planning at Taubman College, Eric spends the majority of his time thinking about how transit systems and transportation provision can be used to make the world more equitable. How does providing more transit options increase access to better schools, jobs, and recreational and community activities, specifically for those living in poverty?
Originally from Seattle, political science Ph.D. candidate Chinbo Chong didn’t always think a career in academia was for her, but that all changed when she met someone with a potentially shared experience in the field. During her undergraduate career, she took her first political science course and was pleasantly surprised on the first day of class when her professor, an Asian American man, walked into the room.
Yuval Katz, Ph.D. Student, Communication Studies, Ruth Youngblood Fellowship
“What does peace mean to you?”
That’s what Yuval Katz wants to know. A Ph.D. student in communication studies, Yuval came to the University of Michigan after earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. “I read about the department and it seemed like a group of collaborative thinkers, rather than the politics that often go along with academia.”
Bryan Maldonado, Ph.D. Student, Mechanical Engineering, Rackham Summer Award
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.”
Juan Jaen, M.S., Ph.D., Chemistry
“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 towards becoming a Rackham graduate student.
Last updated: February 13, 2015 - 11:38am