April 2023 - Wayne State University
Student-focused news for family and friends April 2023
Register for fall classes with new flat-rate tuition and save money, earn more credits

Register for fall classes with new flat-rate tuition and save money, earn more credits

With the winter semester wrapping up, students are no doubt beginning to think about their plans for summer. However, before packing up and leaving campus, students are strongly encouraged to register for fall classes and take advantage of Wayne State’s new flat-rate tuition model. Under the new pricing structure that will take effect this fall, undergraduate students will pay the same price whether they register for 12 credits or 18 during any one semester, incentivizing them to take full course loads and allowing them to graduate sooner.

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Economics major Aaron Keathley lands WSU’s first-ever Marshall Scholarship worth $100,000  

Senior Aaron Keathley made university history this year when he became Wayne State’s first-ever Marshall Scholarship recipient, receiving a $100,000 award for graduate studies in the United Kingdom after he graduates in May. He is the only student in Michigan awarded in the 2023 class. The Marshall Scholarship is one of the most highly competitive in the world, awarding $100,000 to up to 50 students. This year, of 951 candidates, only 40 were selected.

Biomedical engineering student earns NASA fellowship  

Sophomore Justin Nelson admits that when he told his parents he was going to attend Wayne State University, they weren’t super enthusiastic. Nelson is from Muskegon and Detroit was a long way from home. Fast forward a few years, and Nelson’s parents are amazed by opportunities he’s had at Wayne State and were blown away when he recently informed them that he was awarded one of NASA’s Michigan Space Grant Consortium’s Faculty Led Fellowships for Undergraduates. “My parents have been incredibly supportive,” Nelson said. “I called them after I found out about the fellowship, and now they are Wayne State's number-one fans."

Alternative Spring Break gives Wayne State students the opportunity to give back to the place so many call home  

Established by the Dean of Students Office, Alternative Spring Break gives Wayne State students the opportunity to spend spring break in the city, volunteering, making memories and friends, and giving back to the place so many call home. For more than 20 years, Wayne State students have participated in Alternative Spring Break Detroit (ASBD), a team-led, immersive experience that exposes Warriors to some of Detroit’s many neighborhoods. Main characters in the city’s revitalization, participants spent more than 1,000 hours volunteering at 24 service sites in the city — downtown Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck — during their 2023 spring break.

Wayne State offers hundreds of spring and summer classes, supporting students and providing opportunities to stay on track to graduation  

Taking spring or summer classes is a great way to stay on track to graduate in four years, allowing students to explore new and exciting academic interests or tackle those more challenging courses. In the heart of Midtown Detroit, Wayne State University offers more than 2,000 online, hybrid and in-person classes in an environment where students can learn, thrive and enjoy the city.

Social Work student Samantha Dwornick is leading by example  

Samantha Dwornick is studying social work because she wants to help people — but one of the first people Dwornick is helping is herself. Being part of the social work program, Dwornick said, requires you to take a look at yourself, in hopes that the more you learn about yourself, the better you can help clients in the future.

Ilitch School of Business 25 Under 25 honoree Noah Nicklin welcomes hard work  

The son of a landscaper, Noah Nicklin has never been afraid to get his hands dirty. “He makes us do our fair share of work around the house,” Nicklin said, referring to his father, Thomas. “But I will say he's never made us do it alone. He's always right there with us.” So, when Nicklin received word that he was named one of the brightest and hardest-working scholars at Wayne State University, he wanted to immediately share the news with his dad. “That was a good phone call to make,” said Nicklin.

Wayne Med-Direct scholar finds her passion and her people in Detroit  

All the way from Katy, Texas, Kalyyanee (“Kull-yah-nee”) Nanaaware (“Nuh-nah-wuh-ray”) began her journey as a future doctor in the place where her parents immigrated from India 25 years ago. Admitted to the Wayne Med-Direct scholars program in 2019 — a tuition-free B.S. to M.D. pipeline that only accepts 10 students per year — Nanaaware feels it’s fate that she’s at Wayne State. “I was born in metro Detroit,” laughed Nanaaware. “It’s a full-circle moment for sure, which is actually really beautiful.”  

Not the fastest, but Wayne State students were winners in concrete canoe races  

They didn’t post the fastest times, yet Friday, March 31, was still a rock-solid victory for a dozen Wayne State students at Lake St. Clair Metroparks. Racing in the Eastern Great Lakes regionals of the Concrete Canoe Competition, Wayne State’s team was delighted with the performance of its 280-pound nautical vessel.

Wayne State makes guarantee to Michigan students and families  

Wayne State University is making a huge commitment to Michigan students and families with the launch of the new Wayne State Guarantee, which will provide free tuition to incoming Michigan students with family incomes of $70,000 or less. Last year, 46% of first-year Wayne State students had zero out-of-pocket expenses for their tuition and fees thanks to the university’s tuition pledge programs. The Guarantee will push that number to 50%.

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Class of 2023 Match participants celebrate unprecedented 100% match rate at Match Day

Class of 2023 Match participants celebrate unprecedented 100% match rate at Match Day

Wayne State Board of Governors approves new law degree for undergraduate students

Wayne State Board of Governors approves new law degree for undergraduate students

Upcoming events


April 14: 2023 CLAS Undergraduate Research Symposium


April 17: Criminology and Criminal Justice career fair


April 17: What's up with that? Roundtable discussion exploring interim positions for women


April 17: 2023-2028 Sustainability Strategic Plan Launch Party


April 18: Arthur L. Johnson Urban Perspectives Series: Michael R. Jackson


April 21: Take Back the Night Detroit: A celebration of survivorship


April 24-30: Final exams


April 28: Dr. Rae Lee Siporin Rainbow Graduation, Awards and Homecoming Ceremony


April 29: The Black Graduation Celebration of Excellence


May 3-5: Commencement


May 5: Spring/summer 2023 semester late registration


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In the news

WDET: Wayne State University program aims to help legislatures conduct oversight

Crain's Detroit Business: TechTown Detroit, partners launch mobility accelerator

CBS Detroit: Metro Detroit native shines bright in ‘Chicago’

Click on Detroit: Wayne State University hosts concrete canoe races for engineering students across the state

WXYZ: Spotlight on the News: The right-to-work and overall well-being of Detroiters, featuring Senator Darrin Camilleri, Drs. Joneigh Khaldun and Haley Thompson

Metro Times: University makes it easier for former students to return, finish degree

Detroit Free Press: Hacking prevention: What to know

Yahoo: 1 in 12 kids lose a parent or sibling before turning 18

Detroit Free Press: Opinion: New Levin Center academy offers Michigan better legislative oversight

Becker’s Hospital Review: Top 20 pharmacy schools by NAPLEX pass rates

Legal News: Wayne State University Law School to honor 2023 Wall of Fame inductees

Detroit Free Press: Michigan has a shortage of primary care doctors. What’s being done?

The Conversation: A friend who’s more boss than BFF may be harmful for teens’ mental health

Detroit Free Press: No money for college? No problem. Michigan training programs offer alternatives

WDET: Wayne State University official discusses free tuition program

DBusiness: New pathway for transfer students between Wayne State and WCCCD

Bridge Michigan: Wayne State launches free tuition program to lower-income students

Detroit Free Press: Tom Sizemore's acting dreams and troubled journey began in Detroit

Gus Navarro - From WSU To ESPN

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