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Student Spotlight: Maryam Arbabzadeh

Maryam Arbabzadeh, Ph.D. Candidate, Natural Resources and the Environment, Predoctoral Fellowship

Maryam was studying electrical engineering at home in Iran when she got the itch. Many of her classmates were applying to big universities abroad, mostly in the U.S. and Canada. They were looking for top programs to get them good jobs. Maryam was looking for much of the same, but she had a deeper personal motivation: “For me, I wanted to experience something new. I was living with my parents and I wanted to experience independence. I looked at grad school as an adventure.”

She got it, and a fantastic education to boot.

Student Spotlight: Mauro Rodriguez

For Mauro Rodriguez, a first generation high school student, college seemed like an impossible dream. The idea of attending – let alone graduating – was so far removed from his experience that it didn’t seem possible. Now a doctoral candidate in Mechanical Engineering, Mauro is driven by his roots to give back as much as he can.