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Alumni Weekend

5th Annual Alumni Weekend

Saturday, January 20, 2021

First and second year MRADS students had the opportunity to interact and ask questions in small group settings to get to know MRADS alumni. Each year current students rave about how much they have learned from the alumni and had positive experiences.

Schedule

10:00–11:30 a.m. | Alumni Panel
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. | Break
1:00–2:15 p.m. | Breakout Sessions

Alumni Panelists

Stephan Bradley ‘14

Stephan is from Detroit, MI, and graduated from the University in 2014 majoring in International Studies with a subplan in Global Environment and Health and minoring in Spanish. After graduation, Stephan attended Columbia Law School for his Juris Doctor. He now works as an attorney in New York City focusing on emerging companies. 

While in MRADS, Stephan served as a Recruitment Team Leader, Peer Advisor, and Resident Advisor. Outside of MRADS, Stephan was an Academic Peer Advisor for LSA’s Newnan Academic Advising Center and a student advisory board member to the then-Vice President for Student Life E. Royster Harper.

Talk to Stephan about: applying to graduate school, leveraging extracurricular opportunities

Lauren Cromer ‘15

Lauren graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, and after graduation she worked as an engineer for a regulatory body in the shipping and offshore industries. After three years as an engineer, Lauren shifted focus and completed her MBA at Imperial College in London, UK. She now works for an investment bank in equities. While an undergrad, Lauren was a Peer Research Advisor in MRADS, a fairly active member of her sorority, and held various research positions throughout her four years. 

Talk to Lauren about: overcoming setbacks, applying to graduate school, shifting careers

Quynh Kieu ‘18

Quynh Kieu received her Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She also minored in Vietnamese translation where she had the opportunity to serve both the Vietnamese community and the Vietnamese American community during their encounters at hospitals. While an undergrad, Quynh was a peer mentor in MRADS, student in the Global Scholars Program, and a research assistant in Dr. Terry Robinson's lab. Currently she is exploring her path in medicine as a second-year medical student and is on the E-board for several organizations, including Surgery Interest Group, Radiology Interest Group, Advocacy for Vulnerable Populations, and Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association. She aspires to go into surgery. 

Talk to Quynh about: applying to medical school, leveraging extracurricular opportunities, a day in the life of a medical student 

Dale Mallette ‘18

Dale studied chemistry for a year before switching to computer science and graduating in 2018 with a degree in CS through LSA. He returned to MRADS as a Peer Mentor and for a year as an RA. Dale spent senior year working at the Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety, and was active in HKN. He’s currently a software developer at Epic Systems (the EHR company) in Madison, WI working on their oncology module.

Talk to Dale about: changing majors, navigating imposter syndrome, mental health and stress management

 

Hannah Mesa ‘16

Hannah Mesa serves as a Program Director for MHP Salud, a nonprofit organization promoting the Community Health Worker (CHW) profession to improve health and empower Latinx communities. She earned a dual masters degree in Public Health (MPH) and Public Policy (MPP) from the University of Michigan in 2020, where she focused on community-based research examining the impact of immigration policy on health access and outcomes. Hannah previously worked as a birth and postpartum doula in Southeast Michigan, providing free labor and delivery support to low-income families through a local non-profit, Doulas Care. As a first generation Latina, Hannah is passionate about mentorship, empowerment, and education among communities who have been marginalized due to widespread systematic oppression.

Talk to Hannah about: applying to graduate school, career paths in non-profits or the public health field, leveraging extracurricular opportunities, navigating setbacks and obstacles, being a first-generation student

Crystal Robertson ‘19

Born and raised in Lansing, MI Crystal Robertson finally escaped Spartan territory and became a Wolverine in 2015. Within MRADS Crystal worked as a student recruiter, PA, RA, and a member on the MRADS admissions committee. In addition to these positions, she worked as a research assistant, studied abroad, and served as an advisor for the Comprehensive Studies Program. She graduated in 2019 with a BA in Political Science. Crystal is now a Political Science PhD student at UCLA studying social movements, race and ethnicity in American politics. In addition to studying public opinion of Black Lives Matter, she has collaborated with the Union of Teachers Los Angeles and is currently working with the Los Angeles Lakers. 

Talk to Crystal about: careers in social science research, applying to graduate school, networking, learning how to take full advantage of resources, getting to know professors and GSIs, being a woman of color in graduate school, thriving in the face of rejection

Collin Tran ‘18

Collin graduated with a degree in biochemistry in 2018. While at the University of Michigan, Collin was a peer mentor in MRADS, participated in several pre-health organizations, and continued to do research throughout his undergrad career.  After graduation, he spent two years doing research at the National Institutes of Health through the postbac IRTA program before attending the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health where he is currently a first-year medical student.

Talk to Collin about: anything involving the pre-health field, general undergrad topics

Angelo Vozza ‘19

Angelo studied Computer Science in the College of Engineering during undergrad while also taking classes in Political Science. He currently works as adviser for the Michigan College Advising Corps, providing college guidance to low income, first generation, and underrepresented students. He plans to pursue his master's in Public Policy next year. While in undergrad, he was an RA and PA for MRADS, a mentor for FIRST robotics, and a member of the officer corps for Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society.

Talk to Angelo about: pursuing a career different from your degree, gap years, leveraging research experience outside of academia, finding internships and navigating career fairs

Student Testimonials

Students attended an Alumni Panel and then a small group session with an alumnus/alumna of their choosing. Below are some of their thoughts and reflections of the weekend. Click on their names below! 

Alumni Testimonials