October 10-11, 2013
Name: DiJon Hill
Grad Program: Neuroscience
Undergrad Institution: Morehouse College
I attended Preview in 2008 as a Junior, albeit the program is geared primarily toward Seniors. This was my first time experiencing a graduate school type atmosphere outside of my home institution. I knew that I wanted to go to graduate school and I already had a few schools in mind that I wanted to apply to, U-M being one of them...
Not knowing what to expect from an actual graduate school interview process I decided that Preview would be a great chance for me to practice communicating my research to faculty members. Little did I know that some of the same faculty members that I had practiced with would actually be interviewing me a year later! My weekend at Preview helped me a great deal when it came time to make the decision to attend U-M. It just made everything for me less stressful, and as a result I was very comfortable and able to be myself during the actual interview weekend. I would highly recommend that everyone planning to attend graduate school in the near future attend Preview, even if you think you have your mind set on attending another institution.
Name: Christopher Sifuentes
Grad Program: Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Undergrad Institution: University of Texas - San Antonio
I had a great time at the University of Michigan Preview. Since the University of Michigan was the my main choice for a graduate institution, I felt a lot of pressure before I arrived. I viewed the Preview as an interview, to weed out any people that UM did not want to spend money on later. While they do want to get to know what type of student they may be investing in, it was much more of a chance for me to interview them...
The professors and students were very open, honest, and friendly. I asked any question that I could think of, regarding any topic of interest. The experience was great. Interviews were interviews, as they should have been, but they were less intimidating and more personal. Attending the Preview event was a great choice and I highly recommend it. My favorite part was getting to know the type of people that were considering UM and the caliber of people UM was considering. There is no better way to get a sneak peak at your possible future colleagues than the Preview event.
Name: Mariam B. Gonzalez-Hernandez
Grad Program: Immunology
Undergrad Institution: Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico
The opportunity to meet graduate students that shared their experience about graduate coursework, rotation and the climate at Michigan were the reasons for my decision toward graduate school. Also being able to participate in orientations at Preview weekend and at the Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP), of the university, helped me decide as well...
I really believe that Preview weekend provided me with tools toward reaching my goal. It made me discover new interesting research areas, helped me meet and interact with Faculty from different research departments and most important, it made me feel like I could be part of this university.
Name: Ray Joe
Grad Program: Molecular and Cellular Pathology
Undergrad Institution: University of New Mexico
Applying to graduate school is not easy for anyone, especially when selecting where you will receive a high caliber education. The University of Michigan was not an immediate choice for where I wanted to attend graduate school because geographically it would create a hardship for my family. I was given an opportunity to attend Preview, which was not an application interview, but an advance screening of the University, their faculty, staff, and students...
Preview was very informal and provided me with plenty of information regarding Michigan, graduate student lifestyle, and my research options at the university through interviews with potential rotation investigators. The diversity of the graduate students and friendly nature of their faculty was reason enough to follow through with an application and eventually make it my choice for graduate school.
Name: Ariell Joiner
Grad Program: Pharmacology
Undergrad Institution: Rutgers University
My experience at Preview weekend was wonderful. I was able to meet graduate students that gave me great insight on what to expect from graduate school and the PIBS program at the University of Michigan. Meetings with faculty gave me a glimpse of the actual interview process. Tours of the school and Ann Arbor gave me a head start over fellow applicants...
I was able to meet fellow applying students and faculty that continued to stay in contact with me throughout the application process. The Preview showed me that the University of Michigan and particularly PIBS had an interest in me, the student, and would be there to support me throughout my graduate career and beyond. PIBS had great appeal on paper and meeting the people behind the program made it even more appealing. I not only learned a lot but also had fun. My favorite parts of the weekend were speaking with faculty and going out as a group and getting to know one another. After the weekend I knew without a doubt that I was going to apply to the University of Michigan. When I visited other schools after the Preview weekend, I could not help but compare the schools to Michigan, and every time Michigan won the comparison. I strongly recommend applying to the Preview weekend, PIBS, and the University of Michigan. It is a decision that you will not regret.
Name: Joshua Azevedo
Grad Program: Neuroscience
Undergrad Institution: California State Univ. - East Bay
I came across PIBS while researching graduate programs, and I was lucky enough to stumble on the Preview website. After looking into the program and what it had to offer, I couldn't wait to attend the informal weekend although, admittedly, it wasn't yet my top choice....
The Preview weekend changed that. The faculty and students I met were friendly, able (and eager) to answer any questions, and genuinely happy to be part of the program. The school’s atmosphere was a unique mix of laid-back interpersonal relations and fiercely driven research. The program, despite its sheer size, felt intensely personal and, at every turn, I saw how the University of Michigan makes supporting its students a top priority. Finally, something that set the school apart was its encouragement (almost an insistence) that you try something new during your first year as a PIBS student as a former English major, I'm well aware that your interests can shift. It's refreshing to see a top-tier program encouraging you to step outside your academic comfort zone, particularly at this stage of your career. After the Preview weekend, I had to apply. After the interview (and an offer of admission), I had to accept: the program, and the people, were simply too good to pass up.
Name: Cheryl Jacobs
Graduate Program: Human Genetics
Undergrad Institution: Hope College
I attended Preview Weekend and I was very impressed by the "wining and dining." I live relatively close to the University of Michigan so I drove to the visit, but other students were flown in and provided transportation to the hotel. In addition, the campus hotel we stayed in was one of the nicest hotels I have seen to date...
I felt the University really wanted to impress us and also instill in the visit that the University of Michigan has great things to offer. I left the Preview weekend with a feeling that if I attended this institution I would be well supported socially, academically, and financially. The University of Michigan's Preview weekend set the bar for other programs I visited later and none compared, hence, is why I decided to attend.
Name: Matthew Smith
Grad Program: Molecular and Cellular Pathology
Undergrad Institution: University of Florida
I had wanted to visit Michigan's campus for some time, so I was pretty stoked about this opportunity. The weekend proved to be a memorable one to say the very least. Excellent food and accommodations, answers to all of my questions (even the ones I didn't know to ask), add to that the opportunity to meet casually with professors in my area of interest, and I was truly blown away...
After those three days in Ann Arbor, all other schools had their work cut out for them. It was inspiring to see an academic program so intent on helping under-represented students through their graduate careers. I am here in large part due to the people that I met, the conversations I was afforded, and the general atmosphere I experienced during Preview weekend. I highly recommend it.
Name: Melisa Carrasco
Grad Program: Neuroscience
Undergrad Institution: Yale University
The best thing about Preview was the fact that I was given the chance to meet with several professors that I would have eventually done a rotation with, had I enrolled in Michigan the following year. I also had the chance to meet the admin, who made every effort to make us feel welcome at Ann Arbor. After attending the Preview program, there was no doubt in my mind that I needed to apply to Michigan for grad school.
Name: Anuli Caroline Anyanwu
Grad Program: Molecular & Integrative Physiology
Undergrad Institution: San Francisco State University
Graduate Institution: California State University-Eastbay
I participated in Preview weekend in fall 2007. Prior to attending University of Michigan Preview weekend, I was unsure if wanted to pursue a PhD. When I arrived to Michigan, my student host and the PIBS staff made my experience at Michigan a life-changing experience...
The faculty mentors were very warm and welcoming. The graduate student hosts were friendly and relaxed. They were able to answer all the questions I had in regards to pursing a doctoral degree and some of the issues that under-represented minority women faced in the sciences. The graduate student panel, information sessions/poster session, and mock interviews gave me an opportunity to view graduate school as an opportunity to receive a top tier graduate training from am Amazing institution that values collaboration. After my experience at Preview weekend , I was encouraged to apply to University of Michigan for graduate school. There are several reasons why I ultimately decided to attend University of Michigan for graduate school.
One key reason was the interdisciplinary and cross-collaborative departments that are prevalent throughout the University of Michigan. Another reason is the encouragement that I received from the staff and faculty at PIBS once I arrived home. They made me feel like I was part of a family. The professors I interacted with during Preview weekend frequently touched base with me to check if I had any other questions or if I needed to connect with a particular professor that was not at Preview weekend . This support and the warm family environment that I experienced at PREVIW weekend ultimately re-affirmed my decision to pursue a doctoral degree at University of Michigan. I strongly recommend attending Preview weekend because it not only gives you an opportunity to experience this beautiful campus, it will also give you a chance to interact with an amazing faculty from over  different PhD programs.