Graduate Student Profiles 2013

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, subscribe here.

January 2013: Colleen Shannon
Through Drexel's MBA Anywhere program, grad student Colleen Shannon says she's getting a rich college experience that will "open a lot of doors" in her professional career.

March 2013: David Inniss
After surveying 18 schools in the Sacramento region, David Inniss chose Drexel Sacramento's EdD in educational leadership management program. Drexel answered the call, he said, in his search for "a quality school in terms of reputation and brand name."

April 2013: Adrienne Juarascio
Grad student Adrienne Juarascio has devoted her time at Drexel to developing new and more effective treatments for eating disorders, receiving a prestigious award in recognition of her work.

May 2013: Rachel Magee
Born-and-raised Texan and doctoral student Rachel Magee said she chose Drexel because of its iSchool, a diversity among the students and the progressive way of thinking about information and technology.

June 2013: Vlad Ratushny
College of Medicine grad student Vlad Ratushny enjoyed the sweet success of graduation last month after eight long years in the combined MD-PhD program.

July 2013: Mitchell D'Rozario
When grad student Mitchell D'Rozario noticed his fellow teaching assistants struggling to be prepared to teach classes, he created workshops to help them strengthen their skills.

August 2013: Triza Brion
Master of public health student Triza Brion is drawn to maternal and child health initiatives. Next month she will travel to Africa for two weeks to assist women and children in need with a group of students in Drexel's Certificate in Global Health program.

September 2013: Chelsea Stone
Chelsea Stone's graduate research on asthma has taken her from the halls of Philadelphia's St. Christopher's Hospital for Children to the schoolrooms of the Haitian American Caucus in Haiti and, she hopes, to community centers in Pune, India.

October 2013: Carmen Cronin
Carmen Cronin speaks three languages and has traveled around the world. But the real reasons she's so passionate about global public health issues are the people she's met.

November 2013: Justin Mathew
At least one time, Justin Mathew's dual role has forced him to spring through Drexel hallways from one job to another. But it's worth it, to him, to break out of the graduate-student bubble, and to help others do the same.

December 2013: Jake Owens
Jake Owens spent a month surrounded by criminals with machetes and rotting meat in Africa — a gig so tough that Popular Science magazine called it one of the "Worst Jobs in Science."

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