The Graduate School honored students as Citizen Scholars

The following students are the 2016 Citizen Scholars:

Sherif Hanie El Meligy Abdelhamid, a doctoral student in the Department of Computer Science, for his work as a judge for the Virginia Junior Academy of Science symposium.

Robin Atkins, executive assistant for the Rice Center for Leadership Development and a master’s degree student in the Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education program, for her work developing supportive programs for nontraditional-aged students, many of whom are Virginia Tech employees.

Brittany Balhouse, a doctoral student in the Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics program, for her outreach project sharing cancer-related research techniques with high school students.

Andrew Katz, a graduate student in the Engineering Education Department, for developing ethics curricula for undergraduate engineering students.

Lia Kelinsky, Cranwell International Center assistant director of intercultural initiatives and a doctoral student in the Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education program, for her work evaluating of Girls Rock! Roanoke, a women’s leadership development training program.

Sarah McKay, a master’s student in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, for a pilot curriculum on business structures, markets, and risk management, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Tech Graduate Extension Scholars Program.

John David Moore, regional coordinator of the Smart Beginnings program and a doctoral student in the Center for Public Administration and Policy program for his New River Valley Early Childhood Education and Development network study.

Renee Pietsch, a doctoral student in Biological Sciences, for developing and sharing an interdisciplinary science, technology, engineering, and math curriculum with high school students.

Andrew Schultz, a master’s student in the Material Sciences and Engineering (MSE) Department, for his work establishing an MSE book club to promote self-directed learning outside the engineering classroom.

Members of the Flint Water Studies Team were named Graduate School Citizen Scholars

The Flint Water Crisis Study Team, all doctoral students from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, for their work on gathering and testing water samples and educating community members about the hazards of lead and pathogens in water:

  • Christina Devine
  • Emily Garner
  • Pan Ji
  • Anurag Mantha
  • Rebekah Martin
  • Jake Metch
  • Victoria Nystrom
  • Colin Richards
  • William Rhoads
  • Siddhartha Roy
  • Laurel Strom
  • Owen Strom
  • Min Tang
  • Ni “Joyce” Zhu


Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education Karen P. DePauw  


Alumni Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean Rosemary Blieszner  

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