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Alumni Weekend

Alumni Weekend

Saturday, January 28, 2023

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.


11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | Alumni Panel
12:30–2:00 p.m. | Break
2:00–3:15 p.m. | Breakout Sessions

Alumni Panelists

Freddie Bauer ‘21

Freddie Bauer is a second-year Ph.D. student studying anatomy and education at Indiana University. During his time at U-M, he majored in Movement Science and enjoyed various extracurriculars including his professional fraternity and many research projects in topics ranging from education to cardiovascular health to biomechanics. Currently, Freddie is balancing a combination of teaching, research, and coursework in his Ph.D. For his research, Freddie is focusing on metacognition, i.e., “thinking about how we think” and projects focused on the inaccuracy of self-reported data and how we can teach students to become more metacognitively aware while improving self-report accuracy/objectivity.

Riki Carroll ‘21

Riki Carroll received a bachelor's and master's in Chemical Engineering. While in MRADS, she conducted research in the Education and Psychology department where she studied mind-wandering using eye-tracking devices. She then returned as a peer mentor for the program. Later in college, Riki returned as a peer mentor for MRADS and was part of the Nagrath Laboratory, a microfluidics cancer research lab.

Riki’s college work experiences vary from being a baker, camp counselor, and a screen printing operator. Currently, she works at BP as a Pipeline Maintenance Engineer supporting maintenance projects for the Midwest Assets and in the field.

Lizbeth Gonzalez ‘21

Lizbeth Gonzalez graduated in 2021 with a major in Neuroscience and a minor in Science Technology and Society. She also served as a peer mentor while in MRADS from 2017-2019.

Currently, Lizbeth is a Clinical Research Associate at Kellogg Eye Center conducting research on optic neuritis, IIH, and NAION. In addition, she conducts clinical research at the College of Pharmacy on depression and anxiety among the Latinx population, and the diversity, equity, and inclusion practices across every pharmacy school in the nation.

Lizbeth is also in the process of applying to medical school and hopes her research experiences aid in achieving her dream of becoming a neuro-ophthalmologist.

Marius Kongsore ‘21

Marius graduated in 2021 with a bachelor's degree in Physics and Mathematics. He is currently a Ph.D. student at New York University (NYU), conducting research in elementary particle physics. Most of his work is centered around probing the particle nature of dark matter via new theoretical models and physical observables.


While a student at Michigan, Marius was a peer advisor in MRADS, he spent a semester abroad doing research at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, he partook in and was on the board of the Arts Chorale, he helped organize the math department's Math Corp summer education program, and he served on the board of the Michigan Society of Physics Students.

Steven Walker ‘18

Steven Walker graduated in 2018 with a BSE in Chemical Engineering. MRADS was a big part of Steven’s college experience as a member during his first-year, a peer advisor sophomore year, an RA junior and senior year, and then after graduation as an interim Administrative Assistant.
Steven is currently a Process Engineer at Fleis & VandenBrink Engineering in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His main responsibilities include designing wastewater and water treatment plants and all related appurtenances for municipalities all around Michigan and Indiana. Steven recently passed his Professional Engineering Exam and is on track to becoming a Professional Engineer in April 2023.

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