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Applicants sought for President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

September 17, 2018

Applicants sought for President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Topic: Campus News

Applications are being accepted through Nov. 1 for the U-M President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, now in its eighth year.

The fellowship supports exceptional scholars in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, economics and political science who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education and have the potential to become faculty members at U-M.

The seventh group of postdoctoral scholars selected for the program arrived on campus this fall. They are Oliver Haimson and Julie Hui.

Haimson, who received his Ph.D. in information and computer science from University of California, Irvine, is working on social computing research focusing on how people present and disclose changing identities on social media during life transitions, with a primary research goal of impacting technological inclusion of marginalized users.

His dissertation work examined people’s experiences with transgender identity disclosure on social media, and how their emotional well-being changed over time. He works with Nicole Ellison, professor of information.

Hui, who received her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Northwestern University, focuses on how social technologies change the nature of professional development in resource constrained communities.

She is currently working with small-business owners and community organizations in Detroit to develop opportunities for side income and more accessible pathways to employment. She works with Kentaro Toyama, professor of information.

The President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was created in collaboration with the University of California. It combines salary, benefits and research support with faculty mentoring, professional development and networking opportunities.

Applicants may apply to either or both of the California and U-M programs. Selections are made by independent committees, one on each campus. The program at U-M has attracted an exceptionally strong group of candidates each year.

Each candidate is expected to identify a faculty member who has been contacted in advance of the application and is willing to serve as a mentor. Faculty members are encouraged to identify emerging scholars who would be appropriate for the program.

The PPFP is designed to support postdoctoral fellowships as well as tenure-track positions. Nine former fellows are now assistant professors at U-M.

"The program is a key component of our commitment to encouraging early career scholars as we continue to build an outstanding faculty at the university,” said Provost Martin A. Philbert.

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