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Jake Dudek – MSMR Spring 2017

Hometown: White Lake, Michigan

“While I was a student in high school and at Oakland Community College, most of my business curriculum focused on ‘what’ business decisions were made, but never discussed the ‘why’ or the ‘how’. When I was admitted into the Broad College of Business here at MSU, I learned about marketing research and how it provides information to decision makers. My business and marketing coursework fueled my budding passion for marketing research, and once I learned about the MSMR program I knew this was the career choice for me. During my time in the MSMR program, I have had the opportunity to meet, network, and learn from so many professionals and students that would not have been possible in any other program. I am excited for all the opportunities awaiting my classmates and I upon our graduation. “

Sarah DeLuca – MSMR Spring 2017

Hometown: Grand Ledge, Michigan

“I’ve learned so much in the past few months and have met so many incredible people, I feel truly lucky to be a part of the MSMR program. Being able to write blogs and articles on the people and events of the program has also made me have a deeper appreciation. “

Jason Switzer – MSMR Spring 2017

Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

“My goal when joining the MSMR program at MSU was to develop the skills necessary to transition from my prior career as a lawyer to a market research professional. My experience so far has greatly exceeded my expectations. I love the professors’ focus on developing practical skills that will enable me to provide thoughtful analysis and insights and be successful in the workplace after I graduate. I have also enjoyed learning from the many guest speakers who have explained what client-side and supplier-side employers will expect of me once I join the workforce.”

Shefali Thitha – MSMR Spring 2017

Hometown: Jackson, Michigan

“As a former graduate of Michigan State University, I was so excited to be accepted into the MSMR program because it gave me a chance to come back to my second home. I could not have asked for a better group of people to help shape my professional development. The MSMR program is going to push you to the limit but always remember that “diamonds are made under pressure!” Stay calm, stay focused, and never give up!”


Elaine (Yiye) Zhang – MSMR Fall 2016

Hometown: Zhaoqing, China

“Not only is the faculty excellent, but we get to meet market research experts and get industry insights straight from them. Just one month into the program I attended my first career fair and the experience was invaluable! Also, it is so much fun studying with people from diverse background and experiences!”

screen-shot-2016-10-16-at-11-14-20-amLi Ruikai – MSMR Fall 2016

Hometown: Wuxi, China

“Few months into the program and I already feel like I have learned so much. The style of teaching is very hands-on and every day there is a new challenge. Jessica (MSMR’s Program Director) and our professors, are all really helpful and warm hearted. I feel like a part of one big family!”


Xueyin Li – MSMR Fall 2016

Hometown: Taiyuan, China

“The courses I am taking in this program complement each other very well and I have the chance to explore and excel in every aspect of marketing research – be it qualitative or quantitative. Our cohort has an interesting mix of students and the fact that we get to hear so many different voices on a subject, adds to our web of knowledge.”

img_1310Mithila Vidyanath – MSMR Fall 2016

Hometown: Chennai, India

“I hadn’t expected to feel so much at home in a country that is on a whole new side of the world that I had never been to! Being at MSU has given me access to some of the most interesting people and a variety of resources that I had never imagined possible.  I truly look forward to the rest of my year here at MSU and I am excited for what’s in store!”

Zicheng Gao – MSMR Fall 2016

Hometown: Wuxi, China

“MSU campus is beautiful and as for the program, I don’t think I could have asked for a better experience – we are such a close-knit cohort, the professors are excellent and the program is customized to give a complete know-how of marketing research. After several months of being a student at Broad, I can still say that every day is a new experience and challenge.”

Eli Broad College of Business

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