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.