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A Very Barbour Summer

It was an extremely empowering summer in our department at the Rackham Graduate School, and we’d like to thank all of you for contributing to it.

Our team grew by 50% for 10 weeks as we added two U-M students to our roster, both focusing on different aspects of the Barbour Scholar program as we prepare for the centennial events that will transpire in 2017.

2016 Predoctoral Fellows and Distinguished Dissertation Awards - The Best Ph.D. Students On Campus and Off

Spring is award ceremony for us at Rackham. There are no red carpets, no paparazzi, no fashion do’s and don’ts. But we do have ceremonies to acknowledge some of the most stellar doctoral students on campus at the Predoctoral Fellow reception. Read about the accomplishments of these deserving 83 grad students.

We also acknowledge the Distinguished Dissertation Award winners - the ten best dissertations from the previous year’s graduating class.

Congratulations to all the recipients!

Legacy of Levi Barbour

The Barbour Scholarships are among the oldest and most prestigious awards granted by the University of Michigan, offering funding to female students from Asia since 1917. They are named for their founder, Levi Barbour, who received both his undergraduate and law degrees from U-M in the 1860s. He became a prominent lawyer and Detroit real estate developer and served as Regent of the university from 1896-1902 and 1906-1912. Travelling in Asia in the early part of the 20th century, Mr. Barbour was impressed by the remarkable contributions being made by three women in China and Japan who had been trained in medicine at the University of Michigan.