Meet Your Representatives
Amarilis M. Castillo
Chairperson, Graduate College Events Advisory Subcommittee
Developmental Education Doctoral Program, College of Education
Doctoral Research Assistant
Research Interests: Latinas in higher education, Latina college students' motivation and persistence, integrated reading and writing, and digital technology literacy.
Hobbies: running, sewing (always learning), and watching movies (when possible).
#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: Find a time management tool that works for you and stick to it. You will have many responsibilities (expected and unexpected), but try as much as possible to take care of yourself first.
Graduate House Secretary
APCE Doctoral Program, College of Education
Doctoral Assistant for Graduate Student Professional Development, The Graduate College
Research Interests: relationships in learning, graduate student support, correctional education, and international student support.
Other Organizations: APCE Graduate Student Organization President, American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, NASPA, Running with the Graduate Deans
Hobbies: cooking, running and strength training, cuddling my fur-babies, listening to podcasts, kayaking, and gardening.
#1 Tip for Surviving Grad School: Use a planner or other method to manage your time and be sure to include time for yourself!
Communication Studies Master's Program, College of Fine Arts & Communication
Instructional Assistant, Communication Department
Research Interests: Finding ways to effectively and easily communicate social support
Hobbies: Reading and watching sports
#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: Take time to eat, exercise, and sleep. Mental health helps with your academic performance.
Thi (T) Nguyen
Communication Design Master's Program, College of Fine Arts and Communication
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Research Interests: Design literacy, human-centered design, and data-driven graphic design.
Other Organization: American Institute of Graphic Design (AIGA)
Hobbies: Drinking coffee, being outdoors, people watching, practicing contemporary dance and hand-lettering, playing sports/music, and watching dog videos.
#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: Be patient with your success, be kind and sleep tight!
Chairperson, Graduate House Campus Life Committee
Master's of Healthcare Administration, College of Health Professions
Graduate Instructional Assistant
Research Interests: Public health and healthcare financial management
Other Organizations: UAB Case Competition Team
Hobbies: running, painting, reading, hiking, cooking
#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: When you study, make it efficient. Efficient studying can go a long way for your grades and mental health.
Maël Le Noc
Graduate House Leader
Geography Doctoral Program, College of Liberal Arts
Graduate Assistant, Department of Geography
Research Interests: Geography of the Holocaust, Qualitative GIS
Other Organizations: Alpha Chi, Geography Graduate Forum
Hobbies: Gardening, cooking, and eating.
#1 Tip for Surviving Grad School: Talk to your professors.
Blair Didion Sr.
Co-Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee
Master's of Business Administration, McCoy College of Business
Graduate Assistant for the McCoy College Foundation
Research Interests: Veteran employment transition into the civilian workforce
Other Organizations: McCoy Graduate Student Association, Society for Human Resource Management, Veterans Alliance of Texas State
#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: Organization and time management skills
Master's Business Administration, McCoy College of Business
Research Interests: Hidden Bias, Diversity, Stereotyping, Sexual Abuse, Human Trafficking.
Other Organizations: McCoy Graduate Student Association (VP of Round Rock), Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, National Association of Women's MBA, Student Leadership and Activites Organization, Alpha Gamma Pi, Terry Foundation Scholars, FunNation Foundation (VP Board of Directors)
#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: Smile, it's contagious. Breathe, its necessary. Don't Procrastinate, you'll regret it.
Chairperson, Graduate House Campus Life Committee
Aquatic Resources Doctoral Program, College of Science and Engineering
Instructional Assistant and Steward for the R/V Manta during the summer
Research Interests: I do visitor studies research for zoos & aquariums, to help provide evidence for why these places matter. My dissertation focus is how culture influences how we learn, think, and act towards marine conservation.
Other Organizations: NOAA Volunteer Corps, Texas Parks & Wildlife Volunteer, International Zoological Educators Association, Informal Science Educators of Texas, and the North American Association for Environmental Educators.
Hobbies: Travel the world and experience new cultures, SCUBA diving, and photography.
#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: As insane as your schedule may be, be sure to take time out for yourself. Devote time every week to doing something you love that isn't necessarily school related. Go see that movie, float the river, or go for a hike. It's good for your sanity.
James Dylan Douthitt
Mathematics, College of Science and Engineering
Graduate Instructional Assistant, Department of Mathematics
Research Interests: functional analysis, combinatorics, graph theory, and topology.
Hobbies: weight training, running, volleyball, violin
#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: Get work one in a timely manner and fine a healthy outlet for stress