Graduate Student Profiles 2012

DrexelNow is committed to telling the stories of the University's graduate student population. Below are profiles of just a few grad students and their unique projects and sometimes surprising backgrounds. If you would like to receive the monthly DrexelNow email designed specifically for graduate students, visit the DrexelNow homepage. At the bottom of the page, click on "Subscribe to Email" and select which version(s) you'd like to receive.

February 2012: Kristy Jost
Grad student Kristy Jost has been fascinated by exploring the creation and capabilities of “smart textiles." To her, clothing is not only about aesthetic expression, but also about what a garment can actively and electronically do for its wearer.

March 2012: Alejandra Zannier
When a Fulbright Scholarship gave her the opportunity to pursue a master’s degree at Drexel, Alejandra Zannier knew the Television Management program in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design was for her.

April 2012: Samir Patel and Roger Lee
Sea turtles. Greece. South Africa. These are some of the wonderful aspects of the research being done by Ph.D. candidate Samir Patel in Drexel's Department of Biology.

Graduate student Roger Lee recently pursued his lifelong dream of launching his own dance company, one that meets his personal standard by contributing in a positive way to the city.

May 2012: Mike O'Docharty
Mike O'Docharty received his Drexel diploma in June—the former Navy officer now has a master's in Human Resource Development after spending the past two years soaking up knowledge at Drexel's Center for Graduate Studies in Sacramento.

June 2012Chris Swin and Michael Ryan
As president of Drexel’s Graduate Student Association, Chris Swin has made it his mission to give the graduate student population at Drexel a voice.

Five years since first joining the Drexel community as an international grad student, Michael Ryan hopes to help fellow international students who might not have friends or relatives to help ease their transitions to life in the United States.

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