Photo of Shernita Lee, Director of the Office of Recruitment, Diversity, and Inclusion, standing near the dogwood outside the GLC, wearing a sparkly shirt and a gray jacket, and smiling
Shernita Lee

Dr. Shernita Lee directs the Graduate School's recruitment efforts in coordination with the university's graduate programs, and manages our inclusion and diversity programs. Lee’s training is in computational biology but she also specializes in student engagement and programming, and outreach.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Alabama State University and a doctorate from Virginia Tech in genetics, bioinformatics, and computational biology. Her research concentrations include the student mentoring experience, factors influencing a student’s experience and success, and the development of interactive activities to promote STEM exposure to K-12 populations. Lee is passionate about creating a diverse and inclusive environment for graduate students, improving graduate student retention, aiding in the navigation of challenges graduate students encounter, and directing students to university/departmental resources and advocates to help them successfully complete their degree.

You can reach Dr. Lee at (540) 231-6529, or via email: