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Regina Gillman

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Graduate Student Events Subcommittee Chair

Human Nutrition, College of Applied Arts

Graduate Assistant and Research Project Coordinator

Research Interests: BPA, pre-/antenatal and child nurtition

Hobbies: I don’t have time for much because that’s grad school (🙃) but I love going to concerts when I can. My favorite is country.

#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: don’t be afraid to ask for help, whether that be office hours, family, church or professional counseling. You have to make yourself a priority too.

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Mykle L. Ayala

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Criminal Justice Master's Program, College of Applied Arts

Graduate Research Assistant

Research Interests: Juvenile delinquency, cyber crime, crime theory

Hobbies: Basketball, video games, exercising

#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: Know your deadlines!

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Amarilis M. Castillo

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Co-chair, Campus Life Committee

Graduate Student Representative for the Council on Inclusive Excellence

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.

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Brittany Davis

Graduate House Secretary | Interim Co-chair, Social Media + Technology Committee

Adult, Professional and Community Education Doctoral Program, College of Education

Student Development Specialist II, 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!

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Thi (T) Nguyen

Co-chair, Diversity + Inclusion Committee | Interim co-chair, Social Media + Technology Committee

Graduate College Outstanding Mentor Selection Committee Member

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!

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Lorraine Lobo

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Co-chair, Diversity + Inclusion Committee 

Graduate College Outstanding Mentor Selection 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. 

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Britney Larson

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Graduate Student Representative for the Graduate Council 

Healthcare Administration, College of Health Professions

Graduate Instructional Assistant for the Healthcare Admin Department

Research Interests: Healthcare efficiencies and process improvement

Hobbies: Reading and taking care of my dog

#1 Tip for Surviving Grad School: Get to know your professors!

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Maël Le Noc

Graduate House Leader

Graduate Student Representative for the Student Government Task Force

Senator Ex-Officio 

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.

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Blair Didion Sr.

Co-Chair, Budget + Finance Committee

Graduate Student Representative for Learning Management Systems Committee and Veterans Advisory Council

Master's of Business Administration, McCoy College of Business

Research Interests: Veteran employment transition into the civilian workforce

Other Organizations: McCoy Graduate Student Association, Society for Human Resource Management, President - Veterans Alliance of Texas State

#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: Organization and time management skills

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Jessica Ramos-Karmaker

Round Rock Representative

Graduate Student Representative for the University Leadership Assembly 

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. 

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Jenn Idema

House Parliamentarian | Co-chair, Campus Life Committee

Graduate Student Representative for the QEP Taskforce

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.

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James Dylan Douthitt

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Co-chair, Budget + Finance Committee

Mathematics, College of Science and Engineering

Graduate Teaching 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 done in a timely manner and find a healthy outlet for stress

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