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Sibley Ph.D. candidate shares his experience as a first-generation college student

Xiangkun Elvis Cao, a Ph.D. candidate in the Sibley School’s Erickson Lab, shares his experience of successfully navigating his way through hardship from rural China as a first-generation college student to landing on Forbes 30 Under 30 for North America. He discusses the shared challenges first-generation students and underrepresented minorities in academia face: economic and social burden, exclusion, discrimination, and lack of access to information and mentoring. Read more in his opinion piece “Navigating My Way as a First-Generation Student,” published online in the journal Matter. Read more