Jennifer Lai
“I hope that by demonstrating these techniques myself – reliable communications, following my gut, articulating the personal motivations for pursuing research – I can help normalize these practices... Read More
The Graduate School - Illuminating the Path Forward
See the Impact graduate students are having at MSU and beyond.
"I've lived all around the world teaching, like volunteering and I've decided that teaching is my passion. That's good to know- that I know I love teaching." -Alyssa Bulow Master's student College of Education
Getting to know individuals across the university is what has been rewarding for Alyssa throughout her graduate degree. Her advisor and faculty members are “encouraging, understanding, and flexible”.
"For me, [law] is not a career. It's how i define my duty on earth." -Kanza Khan, Juris Doctoral Student, College of Law
Despite her dedication to helping people understand one another and navigate social systems, she didn’t always want to attend law school.
"In the process of preparing, I fell in love with teaching..." -Dr. Kathleen "Kat" Mellano
“Someday I hope someone looks back on their experiences with me as a friend, teacher, colleague, and they say ‘yes she made a mark on my life in some way”.”
"A lot of times we're conceptualized by our accomplishments, and there is a lot more of humanity than that." -Matthew Klein
Matthew’s research focuses on emerging technologies and interpersonal communication with the goal of employing modern vantage points and new tools to solve old problems.
"Grad school is not just doing the work, but it's also this other separate journey of understanding, who you are and who you could be and who you want to be." -Tracy Melvin, Doctoral Student, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
"Most importantly, it gives you the time to realize it’s not about you, but what you can give back to the world around you."
"I really appreciate MSU's and especially my departments' willingness to accept 'non-typical' grad students like me. I am very grateful to have gotten this chance to deepen my knowledge in the field I choose and to explore so many more. The guidance and experience the faculty can offer here is phenomenal!" -Leonie Hintze
Leonie Hintze is a graduate student in the College of Arts and Letters, studying German in a Master’s program.
"I aim to be a microphone for the voices of family members experiencing the criminal justice system." -Alison Cox
Alison imagines her work as helping the next generation of criminal justice system workers and criminological researchers to have a more empathetic and emotional response to their work.
"Teaching is how your recruit the researchers of the future" Dr. Ahrom Kim
Future Academic Scholars in Teaching (FAST) supported Ahrom’s love of teaching and helped her learn how to integrate scholarship into her practice to have an informed teaching approach.