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2018 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: 2017, 2016, 2015

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Elinor Benami

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources

As a Ph.D. candidate in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in the Environment & Resources, my research focuses on shaping social and environmental outcomes in agro-industrial production systems in Brazil and the United States. I consider...

Veronica Brand

Veronica Brand

Civil & Environmental Engineering

As a microbiologist and environmental engineer, I study the role of microorganisms in chemical transformations. Although we often only think about the diseases they cause, microorganisms play a crucial, and quite often beneficial, role in...

Emily Cardarelli

Earth System Sciences

As a PhD candidate in the Francis Lab, my research in the terrestrial subsurface focuses on understanding key microbial actors mediating the nitrogen cycle. My interests hinge on generating insights into the phylogenetic, genomic, and metabolic...

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Tammy Chang

Electrical Engineering

I am a PhD candidate in electrical engineering, and my research investigates the intersection of soft materials and radio-frequency antennas and waveguides. I focus on better understanding the wireless performance of stretchable wearable...

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William Gearty

Geological Sciences

I am a PhD candidate in the Geological Sciences Department studying Paleobiology under Jonathan Payne. I'm broadly interested in the interactions that take place between life and earth, specifically how these interactions impact biodiversity...

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Courtney Gegg


I am currently a bioengineering doctoral student in Dr. Fan Yang’s stem cell and biomaterials engineering lab. My research combines stem cell biology, biomaterial development, and tissue engineering with the goal of engineering cartilage to...

I am a PhD candidate in the English department where I’m currently completing a dissertation on the politics of animal consciousness in literary fiction and the natural sciences. I’m broadly interested in how familiar narrative forms approach the...

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Christopher Hutchinson

German Studies

I am a PhD candidate in German Studies, specializing in German literature and culture from 1400 to 1800. My research interests include media studies, the history of medicine and the formation of German national identity. As a teacher, I am...

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Soh Young In

Civil and Environmental Engineering

I am a PhD student in Civil and Environmental Engineering. My research encompasses engineering, economics and public policy. It focuses on clean energy finance and entrepreneurship in today’s cleantech industry. My current research projects (1)...

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JJ Lang


My research interests are at the intersection of philosophy of language and philosophy of action, focused on questions concerning the nature of cooperation in communication and the varieties of ways people approach disagreements and conflict...