Graduate School names outstanding master's, doctoral degree students for each college
The Graduate School at Virginia Tech has recognized outstanding master’s degree and doctoral degree students from each of the university's eight colleges.
These students have demonstrated exceptional achievements in research, scholarship, and service and exemplify graduate education at Virginia Tech.
Recipients of the Outstanding Graduate Student Award (master's degree students) are:
- Michael Fedkenheuer of Norwood, N.J., in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences;
- Ashley Drake of Longview, Texas, in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies;
- Jon Gatherwood-Ginn of Blacksburg, Va., in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences;
- Amanda Sain of Concord, N.C., in the College of Engineering;
- Jennifer Wyderko of Rockville, Md., in the College of Science;
- Shannon L. White of Ashland, Va., in the College of Natural Resources and Environment;
- David C. Steger of Blacksburg, Va., in the Pamplin College of Business, and
- Noah Pavlikso of Blacksburg, Va., in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.
Recipients of the Outstanding Graduate Student Award (doctoral degree students) are:
- Ligia Marques Cota Vieira of Rio de Mouro, Portugal, in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences;
- Ana Jaramillo of Medelin, Columbia, in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies;
- Christian Matheis of Blacksburg, Va., in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences;
- Christopher Arena of Denver, N.C., in the College of Engineering;
- Matthew Steele-Macinnis of Highlands, Canada, in the College of Science;
- Claudia Wultsch of Klagenfurt, Austria, in the College of Natural Resources and Environment;
- Derick F. Davis of Cambridge, Maine, in the Pamplin College of Business;
- Shobana Raghunath of Blacksburg, Va., in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, and
- Stephanie N. Lewis of Newport News, Va., as an interdisciplinary doctoral student.
The Graduate School at Virginia Tech promotes graduate education as a critical component in the transmission of new knowledge, research, ideas, and scholarship. It is responsible for the development, administration, and evaluation of graduate education throughout the university, providing support to faculty, staff, and more than 6,000 graduate students. The Graduate School is committed to building a diverse graduate community and vibrant intellectual environment to help prepare graduates to lead.
Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.