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I am a second-year doctoral student in the Department of Engineering Education. Currently I am a Graduate Assistant at the Office of Recruitment, Diversity and Inclusion. My research focuses on how to integrate ethics in engineering design courses, how to enhance teaching engineering design. I am passionate about developing diverse and inclusive engineering curriculums that are compatible with today’s complex and ill-structured engineering applications demanded by society. 

I am originally from Turkey. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Mechatronics Engineering from Kocaeli University and an MS from Virginia Tech in Mechanical Engineering. During my graduate studies at Virginia Tech, I had teaching experience in Mechanical Engineering Lab courses as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. I also contributed to various studies as a Graduate Research Assistant under the supervision of my advisors both in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Education.

I love traveling and experiencing different cultures. I enjoy cooking Mediterranean food but also love to try different cuisines from different countries with my diverse group of friends.

I am excited to be part of GSAP to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion for prospective and current graduate students. I can’t wait to meet new and prospective graduate students to mentor, assist during their graduate program journey. I will be happy to listen to their concerns, thoughts and opinions.

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I am a graduate student within the College of Natural Resources and Environment working towards my master's in natural resources and sustainability studies with a focus on the relationship between ecological destruction and social injustice. As someone in a fully virtual graduate program who has experienced gender-based violence and discrimination, I understand the isolation and disconnection that can unfortunately be compounded in a virtual degree format. However, I am grateful for this opportunity to be an ambassador in hopes of cultivating awareness and empathy toward the importance of integrating the contributions and perspectives of online graduate students from historically underrepresented backgrounds who deserve the platform to be seen, heard, and understood by the university community in matters of both academic engagement and social involvement.

Outside of school, I love watching iconic film noir on Turner Classic Movies, listening to the jazz records of Sarah Vaughan on my vintage record player, and of course, railing passionately against all forms of heteropatriarchy.

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I am a first-year master’s degree student in Modern and Classical Languages and Literature, Focus in Hispanic Studies

I am passionate about sharing my experiences and knowledge of my time here at Virginia Tech, both as an undergraduate and graduate student, and I strive for excellence and diversity in all aspects of both my academic and professional life. I’m excited and thankful to have the opportunity to aid others in their consideration of advanced academic studies at VT.  I love to golf in the spring and summer and snowboard in the winter! 

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I am currently an undergraduate senior majoring in Dairy Science, and a first year master’s student in the OMALS (Online Master’s of Agriculture and Life Science) program. I am so excited to be an ambassador because I love helping other Hokies and assisting with recruiting new students! I love outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, fishing, and hunting.

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I am a second year Ph.D. student in Biomedical Engineering. I am a first generation college student and I am excited to be an ambassador because I am passionate about advocating for under-represented students and creating a safe, supportive environment for all. Without the unending support of my mentors, I would not be the scientist I am today, and I want to provide the same mentorship to incoming students. Outside of the lab, I enjoy hiking, reading science fiction and fantasy novels, and going to natural history museums.

I am a master of engineering degree student in Computer Science, and earned my bachelor's degree at the SRM Institute of Technology, Chennai, India

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I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health Program. My research is centered around healthcare utilization disparities among Black Appalachian women. I am excited to meet new people from different backgrounds, share our campus experiences, and work together to create a more inclusive and welcoming environment at VT through this ambassador program. 

In my free time, I enjoy taking my dog for walks, playing tennis, building things, finding new shows and movies to watch, and listening to music.

I am a master of engineering degree student in Computer Science and I earned a bachelor’s degree from the LNM Institute of Information Technology, India.

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I am a graduate student at Computer Science and Applications department. I’m part of MEng program and working towards my master’s degree. I’m super excited to be a part of GSAP program knowing I’ll be able to work with Graduate school for various organized events. Looking forward to learn about different cultures and hear interesting stories from people of various backgrounds, and to the opportunities where I’d be able to help people in any way so as to make their transition into the graduate community smoother. Outside of school I like to play tennis, go biking and watch movies (of any Genre).

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I am a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health program, though I work out of the Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology Department. I work in the VG-HI lab under Dr. James Weger-Lucarelli. I specialize in the interactions between host factors, like immunity and their impact on viral behaviors like evolution and transmission. I also develop and characterize molecular tools for other virologists. I am really excited to be an ambassador. Growing up in a small town, my relationship with neurodivergency was minimal and was not met with much empathy. Serving as an ambassador and advocating for the neurodivergent and disabled communities, communities that I am a part of, and communities that have historically not had a voice is truly an honor and blessing. 

Outside of the lab, I enjoy watching terrible 1980s horror films, playing Dungeons and Dragons, playing music, and longboarding with my wife. A fun fact about me is that I am one of the last living descendants of the King of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

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I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education (ALCE) program at Virginia Tech with professional and academic goals that reflect the critical nexus of education, community development, and agricultural policy. My current research interests center around critical policy issues related to agricultural policy locally, regionally, and nationally. I have been active in exploring the complexity of policy and leadership from an inclusive and interdisciplinary lens and exploring multisectoral coalition-building in the food system. I received my master’s degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Tuskegee University. 

I am excited to be an ambassador for this year because, as a woman of color and being Black, I am cognizant of the nuanced identities and complexities embodied within brown and black bodies. I wonder, if race were not a factor in determining the life expectancy and arguably the standard of living of humanity, how would the world look like? I bring into this ambassadorial role, both local and international perspectives of how Black women are changing the narrative globally.

I enjoy designing lights for stage performances.

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I am a Ph.D. student in the Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences program. My research focuses on understanding the inequalities in the social determinants of health. I am excited to be a graduate student ambassador because it provides me with the opportunity to mentor new graduate students and work with the ORDI in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion activities for VT’s graduate student community. During my free time, I enjoy playing tennis and soccer, and volunteering in Virginia Tech and Blacksburg.

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I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Agricultural Leadership, Community, and Education. I received my master’s degree at Mississippi State University in Agricultural and Extension Education in 2018. I also received a Fulbright scholarship in 2016 for pursuing my master’s degree. I have been working as a teaching assistant since 2013, after I graduated in 2012 from Cairo University. My research area focuses on agriculture extension program planning and evaluation. Since 2016, I have been to 22 states and 6 countries. I like exploring  new places, people, countries, languages, nationalities; I also like reading. One of the most important missions I have embraced is making a meaningful input in each person’s life, regardless of who, where, and when. Thus, being an ambassador will be one step towards investing in my professional growth and experiences, in addition to sharing  and serving people with meaningful inputs. 

I am a master's degree student in business administration in the Greater Washington, D.C. metro area. I earned my bachelor's degree at the University of Benin in Ibadan, Nigeria.

I am a master’s degree student in English Education and I earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Education at Long Island University.

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I am a master’s degree student in Higher Education and Student Affairs. I earned bachelor’s degrees in business and resource management at Virginia Tech. I am currently a graduate assistant for Residential Facilities and Operations, in the Student Affairs Office of Finance, Planning, and Facilities. I'm also a GTA.

I am a master of engineering degree student in Computer Science and I earned a bachelor’s degree from the SRM Institute of Science and Technology, in Chennai, India.

I am a master of engineering degree student in Computer Science and I earned a bachelor’s degree at the Patel Institute of Technology, Mumbai University, in India.

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I am earning my master of engineering degree in Computer Science at Virginia Tech. I earned a bachelor’s degree from Sir M. Visvesvaraya Institute of Technology in India. As an international student, I totally understand the help that a new student needs to settle and get adjusted to the environment. I have received a lot of graceful help from seniors as well and that is what I aim to do as well. Also it is important to encourage the minorities and other groups to make them feel welcome.

For fun, I watch movies/series, read and cook. Cooking is very therapeutic for me! 

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I am a master's student in the Computer Science and Applications program. 

I am excited to work with the group of wonderful people working collectively to make Virginia Tech more inclusive. Being a part of such a diverse community of ambassadors would help to get a new perspective of how things can be. This would ultimately instill creativity and make me come up with new ideas. I am optimistic that working with people from different backgrounds will enhance my dynamism, adaptability, and interpersonal skills. Looking forward to making impactful changes at VT !

I enjoy hiking, making friends, reading nonfiction, listening to podcasts, and swimming. Here's a fun fact about me: I discuss with myself what food to order when I am out!

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I am a first year Ph.D. student in the department of Industrial and Systems Engineering carrying out research in the user experience of immersive technologies. I am excited to be an ambassador with GSAP and help more students from underrepresented groups attend Virginia Tech. For fun, I watch reruns of The Office.

I am a master's degree student in Animal and Poultry Science. I earned my bachelor's degree i Animal and Veterinary Science and Agribusiness from the University of Wyoming. Fun fact: I am a member of the American Simmental Association and a member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.

I am a Ph.D. student in Geosciences and an Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science Doctoral Scholar. I eraned my bachelor's degree in Chemistry from St. Mary's College of Maryland.