Graduate Students News

Yolanda Avent
Yolanda Avent has been named senior director of Cultural and Community Centers at Virginia Tech. Avent, who graduated from Virginia Tech in 1998 with a degree in history, is returning to her alma mater to oversee the six resource centers that compose the Cultural and Community Centers. ...
Laura McCarter
Political science graduate student Laura McCarter started studying German in middle school, little knowing that she would parlay her language skills into a passion for providing humanitarian help to refugees. Now, her portfolio of volunteer activities plus her 10-week summer internship wi...
TEAM Haiti, a group of Virginia Tech faculty and graduate students, met with community groups in rural Haiti.
Haiti has been the focus of international development assistance for decades. Despite countless efforts, life is still tenuous for its 10.5 million citizens. A group of Virginia Tech faculty and students traveled to Haiti in August to test a development model that may bring sustainable ch...
Melissa Faircloth
Five graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences recently participated in a Diversity Spotlight event, in which the Virginia Tech Graduate School’s 2017 Diversity Scholars gave five-minute presentations about their work in lightning-round format. The scholars...
Kelly Cooper
Kelly Cooper’s first glimpse of the Great East Window of York Minster was otherworldly. The moment she approached the historic stained-glass window, sunlight broke through the clouds. The angelic voices of a nearby choir soared as she stood in the nave of the grand cathedral, watching the li...
A participant in the groundbreaking Abecedarian Project plays with a mirror in the early 1970s.
Children who are given high-quality education at an early age — starting at six weeks old and continuing through their first five years of life — are more likely to be employed full-time and have better relationships with their parents as adults, according to new results from a longitudinal st...
Shekila Melchior
Shekila Melchior, a doctoral candidate in counselor education, received the 2017 Outstanding Graduate Student Award for the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Melchior was nominated for the award based on her accomplishments in research, outreach, and teaching. It was while she was a hig...