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Recognizing Global Academic Excellence: The 2016-17 Barbour Scholars

From left to right: Po-Ju Chen, Wenyu Gu, Airan Liu, Ziyong Lin, Avish Kosari

From left to right: Po-Ju Chen, Wenyu Gu, Airan Liu, Ziyong Lin, Avish Kosari

Eight new graduate students joined the ranks of women celebrated as Barbour Scholars at the University of Michigan over the last century. This new cohort, hailing from Taiwan, China, Iran, and South Korea, represents the latest in a legacy of women from Asia who pursue exceptional scholarly achievement to build the academic strength and body of knowledge in their home countries.

How I Learned to Embrace Living in a College Town Post-Undergrad

As graduate students, we have a love-hate relationship with the undergraduates, though we often express the hate more fervently than the love. Most of the undergrad-focused comments I hear from my fellow graduate students are critical, at best, and I would be lying if I claimed to never openly voice these critiques myself. “How do the undergrads go out and party every single night? Do they ever do homework?” “Why are the undergrads wearing shorts when it’s 10 degrees outside?” “I prefer Ann Arbor over the summer when the undergrads aren’t here.” “The library is unbearable right now because the undergrads have finals or something.”

How I Get – and Give – Good Advice in Graduate School

Mentoring, as a concept, is something that gets discussed fairly often in academic circles. A friend recently posted this article on social media, which focused on advice for white faculty members looking to mentor scholars of color. The article from Dr. Kerry Ann Rockquemore, an academic who runs the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, is definitely worth reading, but one thing in particular struck me as very useful. Dr. Rockquemore writes that people – in this particular case, a new faculty member – have many sets of needs.