The Graduate Student Ambassador Program is designed to connect prospective students with current Oregon State graduate students. This program provides prospective and current graduate students with positive peer relationships that promotes a more involved community on campus. In addition to fostering positive relationships with students on campus, ambassadors travel to conferences and events representing Oregon State University. Listed below are the current and past ambassadors. If you would like to contact an ambassador directly, please click the email button below their bio. If you are interested in becoming a Graduate Student Ambassador please contact the Graduate School at email@example.com.
Ana is a 4th year Ph.D. candidate in inorganic chemistry working with Dr. May Nyman. She is studying the formation of uranyl peroxide clusters in solution, and the role peroxide plays in the reaction mechanism. Ana earned a B.S. in chemistry from The University of California, Merced in 2015. Ana is actively promoting higher education and retention of minority students in STEM. She currently serves on the board of the OSU Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Chapter as the graduate representative. Outside the academic setting, Ana enjoys running, hiking, reading and going on spontaneous adventures.
I was born in Mexico City and lived there for 12 years. I moved to Florida where I completed my high school education. I attended Fordham University in New York City, where I majored in chemistry and work in a lab researching bi-metallic catalysts. I currently attend Oregon State University’s graduate program in inorganic chemistry. Under the guidance of Dr. Nyman, my research is focused on understanding the fundamental aqueous chemistry of actinides (uranium, thorium, and so on); in order, to better understand the chemistry for a variety of applications, ranging from nuclear waste management to radiotherapy.
Johannah Hamilton is a 2nd year Ph.D. student in Public Policy at OSU. She received her B.S. in Agricultural Economics with a minor in Spanish at the University of Kentucky and her masters in Agricultural Economics at Auburn University. Her policy areas of interest are rural, international, and economic policy. Johannah is the Co-Advisor for both MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences) and SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science). When she’s not studying or reading for class, she enjoys going hiking with her dog, playing and watching basketball, and traveling. Johannah hopes that by being a graduate student ambassador, she can encourage other students who might be intimidated by the thought of graduate school to pursue an advanced degree.
Kristin Neill is a Master of Science student studying horticulture in the College of Agricultural Science here at Oregon State. She is focusing on ornamental plant breeding with evergreen huckleberries and Cotoneaster, with a focus on the production of disease resistant landscape plants for the Pacific Northwest. Originally from North Carolina, she completed her undergraduate degree at North Carolina State University, she is excited to now be a part of the Beaver Nation and represent the Graduate School here at Oregon State.
Shauna Otto is currently a third-year doctoral student in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics working in the laboratory of Dr. Colin Johnson. Her interest in the natural world was piqued early on by fabulously engaging Elementary School teachers (with a little help from Bill Nye and the beautiful backdrop of the Pacific Northwest), but hadn’t seriously considered a career in the sciences until her General Chemistry professor at California State University Long Beach got her involved in undergraduate research. As a first-generation college student herself she wanted to pursue outreach opportunities to help underserved populations at her institution, so she got involved in peer-to-peer learning through Supplemental Instruction and eventually helped implement a pilot program targeting at-risk undergraduates in General Chemistry. In her downtime she enjoys hanging out with her husband and daughter, karaoke, camping, and taking on random craft projects.