Graduate Sidekicks

Questions? Ask the Graduate Sidekicks!

*Sidekick (noun, informal): a close friend or assistant, who accompanies another on adventures. Some famous sidekicks include Robin (Batman's sidekick), Ron and Hermoine (Harry Potter's sidekicks), Woodstock (Snoopy's sidekick) and Joe Biden (Barack Obama's sidekick).

Graduate Sidekicks are current international and American graduate students at Northwestern. Not too long ago, they were new graduate students themselves, so they understand what you are going through. They are here to help you, answer your questions, and accompany you as you begin your adventures at Northwestern!

Learn more about the Graduate Sidekicks below. Email the Sidekicks at NUInternationalOffice@gmail.com with your questions today! Sidekicks will respond to your email within one week.

**Please note: the Sidekicks have been advised to focus on sharing their experiences. If you have admissions or financial aid questions, please contact your academic program. If you have immigration/visa questions, please contact your IO Advisor**

Meet the 2014 Graduate Sidekicks

Abdoulaye Ndiaye

Abdoulaye Ndiaye

Hometown: Dakar, Senegal
Program: PhD in Economics

Abdullateef Abdulsalam

Abdullateef Abdulsalam

Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
Program: MS in Information Technology (MSIT)

Andrea Farnan

Andrea Farnan

Hometown: Norman, Oklahoma, USA
Program: Master’s in Higher Education Administration

Binbin Luo

Binbin Luo

Hometown: Wenzhou, China
Program: PhD in Chemical Engineering

Bola Adeniran

Bola Adeniran

Hometown: Salisbury, Maryland, USA
Program: PhD in Chemical & Biological Engineering

Chang Liu

Chang Liu

Hometown: Jilin, China
Program: PhD in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Clare Forstie

Clare Forstie

Hometown: Portland, Maine, USA
Program: PhD in Sociology

Deniz Alpay

Deniz Alpay

Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey
Program: PhD in Materials Science & Engineering

Emily Lane

Emily Lane

Hometown: Middletown, Ohio, USA
Program: PhD in Musicology

Faith Summersett-Ringgold

Faith Summersett-Ringgold

Hometown: Richmond, Virginia, USA
Program: PhD in Clinical Psychology

Farah Mohammed

Farah Mohammed

Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica
Program: Master of Science in Journalism (MSJ)

Jeane Chen

Jeane Chen

Hometown: New Milford, Connecticut, USA
Program: PhD in Chemical & Biological Engineering

Jialun Han

Jialun Han

Hometown: Dailan, China
Program: PhD in Civil Engineering

Jordan Norris

Jordan Norris

Hometown: United Kingdom
Program: PhD in Economics

Kalyani Patil

Kalyani Patil

Hometown: Mumbai, India
Program: Master’s in Biomedical Engineering

Matthew Beamer

Matthew Beamer

>Hometown: Casper, Wyoming, USA
Program: PhD in Civil Engineering

Ping Yu

Ping Yu

Hometown: Beijing, China
Program: LL.M

Shengyang Li

Shengyang Li

Hometown: Kunming City, China
Program: Master’s in Analytics

Xiao Chen (Head Sidekick)

Xiao Chen (Head Sidekick)

Hometown: Wuhan, China
Program: Master’s in Higher Education Administration

Yanning Yu

Yanning Yu

Hometown: Chengdu, China
Program: PhD in Learning Sciences

Yuchen Zhang

Yuchen Zhang

Hometown: Tianjin, China
Program: Master of Science in Communication (MSC)

Zizhuo Liu

Zizhuo Liu

Hometown: Pingyao, China
Program: PhD in Electrical Engineering

Lisa Blaskowski

Lisa Blaskowski

Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Program: Master’s in Higher Education Administration