Students in action

Lu Bai

Lu Bai

Mike Ilitch School of Business

“Americans have the most advanced business education in the world. I wanted to be more global, so I chose to come to Wayne State.”

A desire for a world-class education brought Lu Bai to Detroit, where she is preparing to be a successful accountant who will bring the skills learned here back to China. She complements her studies by giving back to those around her. A volunteer with the HIGH Program, she helps underrepresented students achieve their educational goals.

Lu is what it looks like to Aim Higher. 

Athraa Hannawa

Athraa Hannawa

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

“There will always be different ideas and ways of thinking. Sociology pushes me to think differently.”

Motivated by her brother's childhood fight with nephroblastoma, Athraa uses her passion for sociology to break new ground in cancer research. She has studied the link between PTSD, substance abuse and the high rate of cancer diagnoses among military veterans. She plans to further this research, developing new ideas and laying the foundation for a career in osteopathic medicine.  

Athraa is what it looks like to aim higher.

Molly Estill

Molly Estill

School of Medicine

“With Wayne State being in Detroit, I’m able to see how students and the community interact.”

Earning your Ph.D. is a full-time commitment, one that Molly Estill takes seriously working alongside researchers in Wayne State’s Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics. But even as she pursues her doctorate and a career in biomedicine, Molly gives back to community, volunteering with the HIGH Program to help underrepresented students finish their college education.

Molly is what it looks like to Aim Higher. 

Mukund Mohan

Mukund Mohan

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

"I chose Wayne State because I wanted to make a difference. No other university offers the same opportunities that I’ve had here."​​

By studying economics and public health, Mukund is developing interdisciplinary expertise that will inform his career as a physician. He has conducted heart disease research alongside Dr. Phillip Levy and volunteered at the S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic, providing needed care to the homeless and uninsured. He plans to further research in public health and emergency medicine while working to build bridges between hospitals and the communities they serve. 

Marvin Solberg

Marvin Solberg

College of Nursing

"I feel like I’m taking part in Detroit’s renaissance, and that has motivated me to pursue my passion here."

Inspired by his experiences tutoring underprivileged youth and working as a clinical nurse in Munson Hospital’s psychiatric mental health unit, Marvin is conducting doctoral research with a focus on urban health. He is studying the role that adverse childhood experiences play in the development of substance abuse disorders and other health conditions, particularly in minority populations. Marvin hopes to use his Ph.D. to further his discoveries and build a career in academia.

Jada Reeves

Jada Reeves

College of Nursing

 "At Wayne State, I see a culture where everyone learns from each other and everyone plays a part."​​​​

Jada is pursuing her Ph.D. at Wayne State through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Future of Nursing Scholars program. Her research focuses on understanding the behavior of sexually high-risk African American adolescents and more effective ways to educate them about STI prevention. Jada left her position as a school-based health center nurse supervisor to conduct her doctoral studies full time as the College of Nursing’s first recipient of the prestigious RWJF award — all so she can make a difference in urban communities.