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Presented By: Rackham Graduate School

Ph.D. Connections Conference: Career Panel—Nonprofit

Panelists working on issues such as youth development, lung cancer research, and public humanities will share their own career stories and provide insights on careers in the non-profit field.
Jill Daigneault
Program Manager, International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
Jill Daigneault received her bachelor’s from Rutgers University in genetics and completed her Ph.D. in cancer biology. She did a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in the RNA Biosciences Institute. She currently works as a program manager for the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer where she manages multiple scientific committees and designs programming for their international meetings.
David Merkowitz
Assistant Director, Ohio Humanities
David Merkowitz is the assistant director of Ohio Humanities, the state-based partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has a Ph.D. in urban and religious history from the University of Cincinnati. Before joining Ohio Humanities, Merkowitz taught at a variety of colleges and universities in Ohio, Kentucky, and Virginia. He is currently at work completing an M.A. in public policy and administration at the John Glenn College of Ohio State University.
Malcolm Tariq
Programs and Communications Manager, Cave Canem
Malcolm Tariq is a poet, playwright, and nonprofit arts administrator from Savannah, Georgia who writes about intersections of Blackness, queerness, and the American South. He is the author of Heed the Hollow (Graywolf, 2019), winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and the Georgia Author of the Year Award, and Extended Play (Gertrude Press, 2017). A former apprentice at Horizon Theatre Company and a 2020-2021 resident playwright with Liberation Theatre Company, Malcolm has received fellowships from Cave Canem, The Watering Hole, the Social Science Research Council, and Imagining America. He is a graduate of Emory University and holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Michigan. Malcolm lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he is the programs and communications manager at Cave Canem, a home for Black poetry.
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The Ph.D. Connections Conference is co-sponsored by the University Career Center, Rackham Graduate School, and the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at the University of Michigan Medical School. For more information about the conference visit the website.

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