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Student Spotlight: Emily Macgillivray

Coming to U-M has helped Emily develop her Canadian identity. She explains, “I’m slightly more patriotic since coming to the U.S., possibly because by living in a different country, I see national identity that I didn’t realize I had and am now becoming more aware of.”

Student Spotlight: Natalie Davis

Michigan has hundreds of acronyms, and one of our favorites at Rackham is SROP. The Summer Research Opportunity Program is a program for undergraduates from diverse backgrounds to come to U-M for intensive research and an introduction to graduate school. Natalie knows SROP well, having participated as a sophomore from Columbia University. She remembers, “I really didn’t fully understand the significance of the program when I applied. It made logistical sense for me to come home to Detroit that summer and have something productive to do, but it was so much more than I expected. I came here and gained a deeper understanding of what it means to do research and pursue an advanced degree. It was eye-opening.

Student Spotlight: Shira Schwartz

Ask Shira to explain her research and she lights up. Her voice and face animate. She starts speaking faster, and her excitement is contagious, which has a little something to do with the nondescript conference room we’re in. Shira studies academic space, work space, and the social and spatial relations of learning, something applicable to everyone who’s gone to school or worked in an office. And she’s got a big job ahead of her, considering her ultimate goal: “I’d like to change the culture around learning in this country.” (No pressure.)