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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.

My Summer Project: The Impact of the Barbour Scholarship

I spent this past summer as an intern for Rackham Graduate School working on programming around the Barbour Scholarship. U-M Regent Levi Barbour endowed this scholarship in 1917 after meeting three women in Japan and China, who were educated at the University of Michigan, making impressive contributions in their fields. My work has included researching past Barbour Scholars, reaching out to hear Barbour Scholars’ stories, and starting to plan for the centennial of the scholarship in 2017.