Graduate Students News

Graduate Life Center exterior
On May 3, the Virginia Tech Graduate School's 2018 Diversity Scholars will discuss their projects during a Diversity Spotlight program beginning at noon in the multipurpose room of the Graduate Life Center on Otey Street. Students will give five-minute presentations about their work in a light...
Core faculty members for the Center of Gerontology include, from left: Laura Sands, Karen Roberto, Pamela Teaster, Nancy Brossoie, and Tina Savla.
Voices may rise from conversational to impassioned. Sometimes the words carry an angry timbre, sometimes a laugh. The exchange is between family members discussing relocating the eldest to an assisted living facility, a subject that lends itself to drama — or even theatre, as is the case with an upc...
Megan Lorincz, Joanna Papadopoulos, and Fadoua El Moustaid
Each year, the Graduate School offers a challenge to graduate students: Create and implement a project that connects your research with a community. Students who accept the challenge and develop such projects are recognized as Citizen Scholars. The Graduate School offers a Citizen Scholar c...
Stacey Clifton
As increasing numbers of people move to cities and become more wired and networked, doctoral students across various academic disciplines at Virginia Tech are joining together to focus on how data science can help them find solutions to urban problems. For Stacey Clifton, of Martinsville, Virgini...
Faculty and students prepare for ASPECT's 10-year anniversary and conference. From left: Mary Ryan, graduate student; François Debrix, professor and director of ASPECT; Rob Flahive, graduate student; Mauro Caraccioli, assistant professor; and Shelby Ward, graduate student.
A party with cake, champagne, and dancing may help mark traditional anniversary celebrations. In the case of ASPECT — the Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought — at Virginia Tech, the capstone event will be a consortium of wisdom and words. ASPECT will commemorate its firs...
Kappa Delta Pi’s Xi Zeta chapter of Virginia Tech inducted students on February 24 at the War Memorial Chapel on the Blacksburg campus.
Scholarship, integrity in service, and commitment to teaching excellence are words that describe the qualities of the newest members of Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education. The society’s Xi Zeta chapter of Virginia Tech inducted 10 students on February 24 at the War Memori...
Bryanne Peterson stands in the lobby of War Memorial Hall, one of her favorite quiet spots on campus.
When Staff Sergeant Bryanne Peterson turned 17, she had a plan. She would become the first woman in her family to join the military, following in the footsteps of her father and grandfathers. Now an Army veteran and reservist, this School of Education doctoral student is also the winner of a pre...
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...