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Lotus Lofgren.

A fondness for fungi

She went from unschooled to internationally honored researcher. Read more about Lotus Lofgren.

Jean-Marcel Njokou.

‘I like to visualize progress’

Jean-Marcel Njokou is the first recipient of the JE Dunn Scholarship in construction management. Read more on Jean-Marcel Njokou.

James Cho

Honing his craft

With his major in high demand, a U of M student lands his dream internship with Tesla. Read more about James Cho's Tesla internship.

Alex Johnson.

Landing on his feet

After injury dashed an Olympic quest, Alex Johnson pursued a new dream as a Carlson School undergrad. Read more on Alex Johnson.

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Sports Management


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Cultural Entrepreneurship


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PhD, Organizational Leadership Policy and Development


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Fiona W.
Environmental Studies & Political Science


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Mickey C.


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Sabrina R.
MPH, Community Health Promotion