June 2023 - Wayne State University
Student-focused news for family and friends June 2023
First-year students to kickstart Wayne State experience with Summer of Success

First-year students to kickstart Wayne State experience with Summer of Success

To help incoming students kickstart their success, explore campus and make connections, Student Success will host a series of workshops through its new Summer of Success program. The in-person workshops are free to admitted first-year students who have completed New Student Orientation and will run on select Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 20 through Aug. 8. With cross-campus collaboration, the Summer of Success program will offer five workshop themes centered around common interests and needs of incoming students. Workshops will be repeated for a total of 10 sessions, each hosting approximately 75 students.

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Wayne State adds bachelor’s in general engineering for fall 2023  

The B.S. in general engineering is a broadly focused, interdisciplinary program that will draw from all eight departments in the College of Engineering and strengthen students’ grasp of concepts related to physics, design systems and mathematics. The program will cater to first-year and transfer students alike, as well as international students from institutions affiliated with Wayne State through 3+1 agreements.

New Wayne Defenders student group expands social work and law holistic defense partnership  

A new student organization at Wayne State University, Wayne Defenders: Social Work and Law Students for Holistic Defense, was launched with the mission of building a strong interdisciplinary network of holistic defense-minded individuals from the social work and law fields who are committed to mutual support, professional development, mentorship and community outreach.

M.D./Ph.D. in biomedical engineering student receives NASA grant  

With a bachelor’s and master’s in biomedical engineering, Wayne State M.D./Ph.D. student Rafael Ramos has long dreamed of working at a place like NASA — and that dream came one step closer to reality when Ramos learned he had been awarded one of NASA’s Michigan Space Grant Consortium’s Graduate Fellowships. Ramos said he is currently funded through the National Institutes of Health T32 Detroit Cardiovascular Training Program, hosted out of the School of Medicine’s Department of Physiology. His area of work is tissue engineering.

Surviving cancer motivates Ph.D. nursing graduate to become breast cancer advocate  

“Going through breast cancer is horrible — I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. But for me, I was able to take the focus off myself and dedicate my life to helping others, and it really helped me grow as a person. It gave me a purpose in life. Before my diagnosis, I was kind of struggling with, ‘What am I supposed to be doing and what are my goals?’ Now, I know we can help other people get through something as difficult as a cancer diagnosis.”

WSU receives grant to create recovery program  

According to research, approximately 4% of college campus populations in the United States meet the criteria for substance use disorder or are in recovery. For Wayne State, that means more than 900 students are likely in crisis and would benefit from a collegiate recovery support network on campus. Wayne State has received a $55,000 grant from the Jamie Daniels Foundation, which is funded in partnership with the Children’s Foundation. The grant will help to establish the university’s first collegiate recovery program.

Hilberry Gateway, Insiders edition

Hilberry Gateway, Insiders edition

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Marian Ilitch receives honorary degree from Wayne State University

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Marian Ilitch receives honorary degree from Wayne State University

Science with a twist

Science with a twist

Upcoming events


June 10: Spring last day to request course withdrawal


June 16: Spring 2023 Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET)


June 19: Juneteenth, university closed


June 21: Picnic with the President


June 23: Spring 2023 classes end


June 26: Spring 2023 final exams


June 28: Summer 2023 classes begin


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In the news

Crain’s Detroit Business: Working together to move Michigan into the future

Detroit Free Press: 5 things minority business owners learned about Detroit, state procurement

Science Magazine: Wayne State University receives grant to address health care and costs in state prisons

CBS Detroit: Wayne State dropout earns opportunity to work with NASA after returning to finish

Legal News: Wayne State University is adding a bachelor’s in law for undergraduate students

El Central Hispanic News: WSU alumna and employee Vanessa Reynolds inspires other Latinas to academic achievement

Fox 2: Mass shootings prompt Wayne State researchers to study damage from assault rifle vs. handgun

WXYZ: How Wayne State grad and St. Clair Shores native helped create new RSV vaccine

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