Shipman Big Ten Champion!

October 26th, 2021

Shipmate Virgil Watkins and his teammates on the football field this past Saturday!

Congrats to our very own Shipmate Virgil Watkins for winning the Big Ten men’s gymnastics title!!! The Men’s Gymnastics Team was recently honored on the field during the Northwestern vs. Michigan game this past Saturday. 

This past April, Virgil and his team won the title at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska. They tallied 411.000 points and won their 18th conference championship (first time since 2014). 

Congrats Virgil, we are so proud!!!!

Fall is Here!

October 12th, 2021

To celebrate the beginning of Fall, this past week Shipmates visited the Blast Corn Maze in Dexter, MI. We were able to finish the maze in about 40 minutes! Some other fall activities we did- bike racing, petting zoo, cow rides, etc. It was so much fun! See fun pics above.

Shipmates who Brunch!

September 29, 2021

Shipmates from left to right: Sofia, Ria, Chase, Nate, and Faith enjoying their pancakes and orange juice

We hosted our annual Pancakes and Orange Juice brunch this past weekend before the Rutgers game on Saturday! It was so much fun! See pics above. Thanks to our president Erin and Jackie for being amazing and making over 50 pancakes!!!

Welcome Back!

September 14, 2021

Welcome back Shipmates! Hope everyone is enjoying their first few weeks of the semester! We are so happy to be back in Ann Arbor and reunited with each other in person. Last night we had our first meeting of the new school year in Palmer Commons. We hosted a Kahoot Trivia Night featuring fun facts about each other. It was so much fun. See below for our group photo!

Shipmates at our first meeting at Palmer Commons

Weekly Roundup: Shipman Events

March 30th, 2021

We had A LOT of fun events these past weeks! Here is a brief outline of what our Shipmates have been up to

We had SHIPMAN WEEKEND! Shipman Weekend is usually a 3-day long weekend where prospective Shipmates are invited to Ann Arbor to meet the current Shipmates as well as tour campus and their respective schools. It is usually a weekend jam-packed with social and informational events as well as student interviews. We love Shipman weekend as it is always so much fun to show students how amazing our community is. This year we had a virtual Shipman weekend event where prospective students came to hear about our experiences. It was organized by our amazing Student Relations Chair, Oliver Barron. Students were split into breakout rooms based on their majors/interests. It was so much fun to meet everyone and we hope to see you all in the Fall 🙂

“Shipman Weekend” Zoom Call 2021

Next up, we hosted a Bob Ross Painting Night over Zoom. Shipmates were able to pick up painting supplies in order to join a super fun Zoom call where we each painted along with the amazing, Bob Ross. We watched the video “The Grandeur of Summer” (in case anyone wants to reference). See below for some of our amazing creations!

Our last amazing activity of the week took place at our last Shipman meeting! Our meeting was community service based where we worked on transcribing documents for the Smithsonian! It was super interesting to learn about these documents and Shipmates found some really cool information. We learned a lot about an aviatrix named Ruth Law.

Shipman Meeting transcribing documents for the Smithsonian, March 2021

Shipmate Singer-Songwriter!

March 19th, 2021

Left to Right: Madelyn and Logan! Logan is a Shipmate (Class of ’22)

This week’s Shipman Feature is Shipmate Logan Kibler! Logan is a Junior in the School of Music, Theater, and Dance studying Performing Arts Technology. She is also planning to pursue a degree in Computer Science through the School of Engineering. On campus she is part of the Audio Engineering Society Student Chapter here at Michigan! Logan is also a singer-songwriter and has been making music with her friend, Madelyn, since middle school! They are a singer-songwriter pop duo that also uses electronic elements in our production. Madelyn is the lead vocalist and Logan does the production, mixing, and mastering on their songs. They write all of their songs together! They have released a couple singles and 2 EPs on most major music streaming platforms. In between writing and working on original music, they post covers on YouTube and have also explored 360 degree music videos. 

Logan says, “I make music because it helps me express and understand whatever I’m going through at the time. It is very rewarding to see other people relate to my lyrics and makes the world seem more interconnected and less lonely, especially in this isolating time. It has also led me to a world of technology that gives me an area to focus on in my computer engineering studies. I hope to someday work for a music technology company developing the music production tools of the future.”

Way to go Logan!!

To check out Logan and Madelyn’s music:
Insta/facebook/tiktok handle: @madelynandlogan

Student Feature: Madeleine Lee

March 5th, 2021

Madeleine Lee (Class of 2023)

This week’s Student Feature is Madeleine Lee! Madeleine is a Sophomore in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. On campus she is involved in optiMize and Central Student Government. She is currently working with the Joyce Ivy Foundation as a Senior Fellow! The Joyce Ivy Foundation is a non-profit, 501c3 organization committed to the academic advancement and leadership development of young women from the Midwest. In her role, Madeleine is responsible for leading a team of young women in developing programming for the Fellows cohort. This year, her team has led several projects that aim to create a fun, collaborative space within the Joyce Ivy community, including the Joyce Ivy Foundation Blog, virtual coffee chats, and career-based mentorship groups. When Madeleine was a junior in high school, she was awarded a scholarship by the Joyce Ivy Foundation to attend an academic summer program at Brown University. This formative experience would not have been possible without the Foundation’s support. For this reason, she enjoys being able to pay it forward as a Senior Fellow and work alongside her peers to help make education more accessible to young women in the Midwest.

Yay Madeleine!!!

Learn more about the Joyce Ivy Foundation here:

Internship Spotlight: Karlie Stanford

February 2, 2021

Karlie Stanford (Class of 2022)

Karlie Stanford (Class of ’22) has just accepted an internship offer at Premier Partnerships! Premier Partnerships is a nationally recognized sports sales and advisory firm specializing in the development and execution of customized naming rights and commercial sales strategies for top tier facilities, sports and entertainment destinations, league and team properties, as well as municipal projects. Karlie will be joining the team this semester as a Premier Academy intern, where she will assist the consulting and sales teams in tasks such as conducting category research for clients, pitching thought-starters, and creating slide decks for client proposals.

Karlie is a Junior studying Sport Management with a minor in Spanish. On campus, she is a member of the Club Softball team and the Michigan Women Empowerment in Sports and Entertainment club. She is also a founding member of Kappa Delta sorority, and recently just finished her term as the Vice President of Finance. She is currently the Chief Diversity Officer for the Michigan Sport Business Conference. She loves spending time outdoors, is obsessed with music and fashion, and is passionate about driving social and cultural change in the sport industry.

Way to go Karlie!!!

Shipman Activism

June 10, 2020

Photo courtesy of The Bail Project (@bailproject)

In response to recent world events, and in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, the Shipman Society recently held a fundraiser for The Bail Project, an non-profit organization designed to combat mass incarceration by disrupting the money bail system. After a couple days of fundraising through social media, we raised $6,382!

In collaboration with Apple, our total funds were matched and tripled totaling $19,171 being sent to The Bail Project!!!

We are so proud of our Shipmates’ dedication to such an amazing cause.

Please read below for The Bail Project’s full mission statement:

We believe that paying bail for someone in need is an act of resistance against a system that criminalizes race and poverty and an act of solidarity with local communities and movements for decarceration. Over the next five years, The Bail Project will open dozens of sites in high-need jurisdictions with the goal of paying bail for tens of thousands of low-income Americans, all while collecting stories and data that prove money bail is not necessary to ensure people return to court. We won’t stop until meaningful change is achieved and the presumption of innocence is no longer for sale.

Shipman in Research

March 11, 2020

Freshman Emma Roggenbuck (Class of ’23)

Freshman Shipmate Emma Roggenbuck is doing incredible research about fish species in the Great Lakes! Using DNA Barcoding they determine the different species of larval fish from Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. To read more about the amazing work she is doing see a full description below. Great work Emma!

Overfishing and habitat destruction have both led to a decline in the population of Cisco – Coregonus artedi –  and other Coregonus species in the Great Lakes. Historically, these species has been important to the Great Lakes ecosystem, and now there is interest in restoring certain populations. To do so, monitoring early-life histories of larval fish is crucial. However, due to the nature of many Coregonius species, it is nearly impossible to determine the species of a sample based solely on traditional morphological techniques. So, we are using DNA Barcoding to determine the species of various larval fish samples from the Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. At the lab, we extract mitochondrial DNA from larval fish samples, amplify a certain region of DNA using PCR, and send successful amplifications to the University of Michigan Advanced Genomics Core to be sequenced. If all goes well, we will then be able to determine the species of the sample by cross referencing the DNA sequence in a genetic database. 

Internship Highlight: Erin Evans

February 27, 2020

Sophomore Erin Evans (Class of ’22)

Shipman sophomore Erin Evans has been partnered with Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision through the Detroit Community-Engaged Research Program this summer! Erin will be part of the Healthy Air Program working to diminish the effects of diesel emissions on the environment and economy of the Southwest Detroit community. 

Congrats Erin!

Shipmates with Passions

February 12, 2020

Shipmates Daniel Khain, Gabi Mechaber, Erin Evans, and special guest Jackie Kim

At our most recent Shipman Society meeting this past Tuesday we hosted passion presentations, where Shipmates can share literally anything they are passionate about. Some past topics have been the music of Carly Rae Jepson, the science of black holes, the different types of musical recorders, etc.

This year we had some great presentations! Samiur taught us about how computers work, Grant presented about quantum gravity, Stuart demonstrated how to recreate Billie Eilish’s Bad Guy, and Daniel, Gabi, Erin, and special guest Jackie, performed their own rendition of The Lion Sleeps Tonight! We can’t wait to see what topics Shipmates will share next year!


Senior Spotlight: Katie and Michael

January 29, 2020

Shipman Seniors Katie Cox and Michael McMain will both be working at the Federal Reserve after graduation!

Katie, an Economics and Mathematics major, will be moving to Boston, MA to work at the Federal Reserve Bank. In her time here at Michigan she has been involved with M-HEAL and the Society of Women in Economics. She is also a research assistant at the Institute for Social Research.

Michael, an Economics, Mathematical Sciences, and Statistics major, with a Philosophy minor, will be working at the Federal Reserve headquarters in Cleveland, OH. Michael is the beloved Resident Advisor to Shipman underclassmen living in Alice Lloyd Hall on campus and is also a tutor for the Academic Success Program, as well as a University and Honors Ambassador.

Congratulations Katie and Michael! We will miss you both ❤

Shipman Entrepreneur- Sara Bashir

February 12, 2019

Sara Bashir (Class of ’21)

Shipman Society Student Relations Chair and engineering sophomore Sara Bashir runs her own threading business from her apartment in Ann Arbor. A feature in the Michigan Daily notes that her “customers not only appreciate Bashir for her actual threading services, but also for the comfortable experience she provides.” The most important part of her business, says Sara, is the community she has found in her customers, and the charity she is able to do by donating thirty per cent of her proceeds organizations including the Muslim Center Soup Kitchen in Detroit.

Internship Spotlight: Samiur Khan at Google

January 29, 2019

Samiur Khan (Class of ’20)

Last summer, current Shipman junior Samiur Khan completed an internship at Google. While there, he worked on a logging tool to track the health and resource use of data processing jobs as they moved from data center to data center. When he wasn’t peddling his mind, he was cycling his bike and enjoying the California weather.

Internship Spotlight: Matisse Rogers – Michigan in Washington

January 18, 2019

Matisse Rogers (Class of ’19)

Last semester, Matisse lived in Washington, D.C. with the “Michigan in Washington” program. During her time there, she interned at Bose Public Affairs Group, a lobbying firm specializing in education and energy policy. In her free time, she attended historical events such as the Supreme Court Kavanaugh protests and took a class on American Political Journalism taught by a longtime Washington Post reporter, Carlos Lozada. Matisse is a Public Policy student interested in beginning a career in Washington and says “it was the perfect supplement to the time I’ve spent on campus.”

U-M Alumna and Shipman Scholar in the House of Representatives

January 6, 2019

Photo By: R. Dione Foto (

Lauren Underwood (BSN ’08), a U of M alumna and Shipman Scholar has become the youngest African-American woman elected to congress. At thirty-two years old, she now serves as the representative of Illinois’ 14th House District.

Shipman Scholar Yeager Edwards in the Stamps Undergrad Exhibit

December 21, 2018

Yeager Edwards (Class of ’21) with his piece, Skin, Hair, Yoni

Current Shipman Scholar Yeager Edwards’ fibers piece Skin, Hair, Yoni, Phallus has been selected by this year’s Undergrad Juried Exhibition. The exhibition showcases some of the best artwork produced by undergrad students at Stamps and will be on view at the Stamps Gallery in downtown Ann Arbor through January 6, 2019.