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Making Life Easier for International Students

In Fall 2013, Rackham set out to learn more about the international student experience at U-M, particularly for new students. To this end, we held focus groups with current international students. Students shared a wealth of information with us during these group discussions. What was most striking was the need for practical and pragmatic advice for transitioning to campus.

Bouchet Honor Society

Hector Garcia is passionate about increasing the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities in engineering. Robin Zheng wants to help kids think critically and ethically, framing the lenses through which they see the world. Alana LeBron is trying to break down the invisibility of Latinos on campus and create broader dialogues with other graduate students. Nicolette Bruner’s personal mission is to help opposing members of a community reconcile their differences. Charles Senteio left his consulting career to pursue a meaningful path in public health in underrepresented populations. Shanta Robinson is creating an academic support system for homeless youth of color.

The Best of the Best: The 2014 ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards

Brian DeVree’s research on intended binding sites for pharmaceutical drug targets contributed to the Nobel Peace Prize. Yan Long collected enough research on the emergence of AIDS and AIDS advocacy in China for three dissertations. Kerry Ard’s research on the geographic and temporal changes in the relationship between poverty, race and pollution has never been done before.