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2017 Preparing Future Professors Fellows

The Preparing Future Professors (PFP) shadowing program offers doctoral students the opportunity to experience faculty life first-hand at a comprehensive, teaching-focused university or community college.

View previous PFP cohorts: 2016, 2015

Portrait of Sean Beckwith

Sean Beckwith


Originally from Michigan and hailing from a liberal arts background in Minnesota at Carleton College, I have ventured west to pursue a PhD in biology in the lab of Dr. Ashby Morrison. My research focuses on specific epigenetic mechanisms employed...

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Daniel Bush

Slavic Languages & Literatures

It might seem like Tolstoy and Akhmatova are pretty far removed from the interests of students today, but I think that humanities departments like mine have a lot to offer our students. My goal in the PFP program is to become a better and more...

Portrait of Amy Calgaro

Amy Calgaro

Chemical Engineering

I am a PhD student in chemical engineering researching how plants make anti-microbial molecules. I pursued chemical engineering as a way to combine my love of math and chemistry, but through my experience mentoring and TAing, I discovered another...

Portrait of Emily Carian

Emily Carian


I am a PhD candidate in Sociology, studying gender, gender inequality, and masculinity. My current project seeks to understand how men in the men's rights movement understand what it means to be a man today. Before coming to graduate school...

Portrait of Bogi Conrad

Bogi Conrad

Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine

I am a graduate student working in the lab of Dr. Fan Yang where I develop innovative biomaterial scaffolds for the enhancement of craniofacial bone regeneration using adult stem cells. In particular I enjoy that my project is interdisciplinary,...

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Scott Davidson

Mechanical Engineering

My PhD research with Professor Ali Mani focuses on using high-performance computing to study chaotic fluid flows which enhance salt transport in microfluidic systems. One key application of this research is in water desalination systems. By...

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Natalie Deam


I am a PhD candidate in the French department interested in an interdisciplinary approach to nineteenth century French literature, especially in studying the relationship between science, visual arts, and literature.  I aim to help students...

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Abigail Droge


My dissertation is committed to uniting teaching and research in the same conversation. I juxtapose archival research about nineteenth-century working-class education with current pedagogical issues, such as the role of transferable skills in...

Portrait of Becky Xu Hua Fu

Becky Xu Hua Fu


I am a graduate student in Dr. Andrew Fire’s laboratory. I am studying the requirements for protective interference of a bacterial and archaeal adaptive immunity known as Clustered, Regularly Interspaced, Short Palindromic Repeat (CRISPR). 

Portrait of Shadab Hussain

Shadab Hussain


I am currently a doctoral candidate in the Developmental and Psychological Sciences program at the Graduate School of Education. My main research interests surround bicultural identity development and the positive development of bicultural...