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That Time I Built A Wooden Box for Science

When I came to graduate school to study chemistry, I suspected that I would have to expand my skill set to succeed. Experimental design has a tendency to draw from many different areas of expertise. It’s not enough to be a good chemist; you have to be a good chemist who is part electrician, part engineer, part computer programmer. But, now in my fifth year, I figured those days were behind me and I’d finally gotten a handle on the whole thing.


Postcard from the Field: Thailand

Sunset on the Mekong River, looking towards Laos. Nong Khai, Thailand, June 2015.

Sunset on the Mekong River, looking towards Laos. Nong Khai, Thailand, June 2015.

My research is on Thai migrant workers in Israeli agriculture. I spent the summer doing research on the background of these workers and studying their language in Isaan (Northeast Thailand). My research was carried out with the support of the Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant and the Southeast Asia Center's Thai Studies Grant.

Matan Kaminer, Doctoral Candidate, Anthropology

Announcing the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society’s Newest Members

This year, ten U-M researchers, scholars, and students will be among the newest inductees into the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. Named for Edward Alexander Bouchet, the first African-American to earn a doctorate in an American university (Physics), the society recognizes those who exemplify scholarship, leadership, character, service and advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy.