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Student Spotlight: Shweta Ramdas

Shweta is from India and completed her undergraduate degree in nearby Singapore. “It was close to home and a great school for science. I knew I wanted to go to grad school and study genetics, and I was reading papers from researchers at Michigan. It made sense to come here.”

As many students in the Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS) do, Shweta touts the rotation program in the first year. “It was great to have the first year to explore without commitments to different programs or labs. It did make it difficult to choose from the great choices.”

Student Spotlight: Colin Zarzycki

Colin has been interested in hurricanes and cyclones since he was a kid. When it came time for graduate school, he knew he wanted to study weather and cyclones. While his department represents only one third of the Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences program, this small but mighty group has taken their field by storm.

His journey to the University of Michigan was a joint venture. As happens with many graduate students, Colin and his girlfriend were applying to graduate programs at the same time. This complicated their efforts, but Michigan had nationally-ranked programs for both of them. “At the end of the day, it was an easy decision.” he says.

Student Spotlight: Jacki Antonovich

As we walk through the building to find a quiet place to talk, Jackie reminisces about time spent in Rackham as a part of the Summer Institute before officially beginning her graduate studies. “I spent a lot of time on the fourth floor that summer. This building is so comforting because of it.”

“Spending the summer at SI gave me a huge leg up when starting grad school. It did a wonderful job of preparing me emotionally and mentally for the challenges and opportunities to come. There was recognition of the different types of graduate students and how to get support on campus. There were even panels to help spouses acclimate to Ann Arbor.”

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