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100 Years of Barbour Scholars: Introducing the 2017-2018 Cohort

In 1917, Levi Lewis Barbour endowed the Barbour Scholarship at the University of Michigan. Over the course of his lifetime, Barbour was highly involved with U-M, receiving both his undergraduate and law degrees from Michigan, and later serving as a regent. Barbour gained the inspiration for the scholarship during a trip to Asia, which was prompted by the travels of his friend and colleague James B. Angell, who served as university president during the time Barbour was a regent. While traveling, Barbour met with University of Michigan alumni, including Dr. Mary Stone (China), Dr. Ida Kahn (China), and Dr. Tomo Inouye (Japan), who attended the U-M Medical School.

This Road Isn't New: Alumni Share Their Career Journey to Help Grad Students

Over 500 Rackham alums have joined the Alumni Profiles database to serve as a resource for graduate students. They want you to have the chance to learn from their career paths and experiences to make graduate school more successful for future Rackham alumni.

This searchable tool allows students to find alums from different geographic locations, industries, and disciplines. Searching 'postdoc' or 'Duke University' or 'Education and Psychology' or 'New Jersey' will filter relevant content that can inform students regarding unique career paths and advice.

Graduation After Incarceration: a Rackham Student Earns His Ph.D.

People slowly fill up the seats in a green and gold room before Jay Borchert even arrives. It’s the day of his dissertation defense, a day that is perhaps the most important milestone in a doctoral student’s career, a culmination of five or more years of intensive work; they’re presenting their research publicly and receiving feedback from their mentors and, if all goes well, their soon-to-be academic peers.

As if this moment weren’t already soaked through with the weight of its significance, Jay Borchert’s defense was uniquely meaningful. Prior to beginning his academic career, Borchert had spent over seven years in prison. He said that the defense was “the final step in turning my life around from the last time I was arrested and incarcerated in 2004.”

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