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How to Stay in Touch with Your Creative Side While in the Lab

Step 1) Set up the expensive lab equipment.

Step 2) Put the solutions on the samples.

Step 3) Wait for things to happen.

Step 4) Write things down. Take some pictures.

Step 5) Collect data. Did it work? What does it mean?

Step 6) Lather, rinse, repeat.

Connecting to Community as a Graduate Student

Graduate school is a rush - both intellectually and temporally. Last August I moved from Indianapolis to Ann Arbor for a 16 month Master’s program in the School of Social Work for Community Organizing. I initially struggled to find ways of not only getting to know this community but also to find ways to engage with a positive impact. Connecting to my community is personally important to me and I feel it’s essential to share and build relationships with communities around me. Graduate students are uniquely positioned to engage their professional and academic experience and can be the leaders of reflective, intentional, and meaningful community engagement that applies their discipline’s academic rigor to community action and impact.

Announcing the 2016 GSI and Mentoring Awardees

Through the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Awards, Rackham recognizes young scholars who have been nominated by their program for teaching excellence. Winners of this award demonstrate superb skill in teaching, mentoring and advising. They bring creativity, inspirational commitment and intellectual excitement to the classroom, discussion section, or teaching lab, and communicate this passion with their undergraduate students.

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