Five doctoral students have been selected as new members of the Virginia Tech chapter of the National Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. The Graduate School will recognize Isil Anakok, Gabriela L. Carrillo, Anaid D. Shaver, Michelle White, and Johnny C. Woods Jr. during a tea party on Wednesday, March 23 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Graduate Life Center’s multipurpose room at 155 Otey St. on the Blacksburg campus.
Reception is open to the Virginia Tech community. It provides an opportunity to learn about the honor society and network with current scholars while enjoying refreshments provided by the Graduate School. President Tim Sands and Graduate School Dean Aimée Surprising will offer remarks. Sands received the Bouchet Society Legacy Award in 2016.
Interested persons are requested to register via this link.
Founded in 2005 by Yale and Howard universities, the society is named after the first African American to earn a doctorate in the United States. Bouchet obtained his doctorate. in physics from Yale University in 1876. This year, Yale Bouchet’s annual conference on diversity and higher education will be held virtually, with the induction ceremony for new members scheduled for April 8.
“We are very proud of these outstanding scholars who have earned this honor for their outstanding achievements both inside and outside the university,” said Surprenant. “Their commitment to leadership and advocacy make them inspiring role models for people of all ages, and we are grateful to have them as members of our community.”
Virginia Tech is one of 19 university partners with Société Bouchet chapters across the country. Each year, the Graduate School receives applications for membership in the society, and a selection committee selects five for induction. The society’s goal is to create a network of scholars and professionals who “serve as examples of scholarship, leadership, character, service and advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the ‘academy,’ according to his Yale University. Web page.
Learn more about the 2022 Bouchet Honor Society Scholars:
Isil Anakok pursuing a doctorate. in the Department of Engineering Education. She holds a master’s degree from Virginia Tech and a bachelor’s degree from Kocaeli University, Turkey. His main research interest is the teaching of engineering ethics in design courses. She earned the Graduate School’s Preparing Future Professoriate certificate and is a Graduate Assistant for the Graduate School’s Office of Recruitment, Diversity and Inclusion. She is also an Ambassador for Graduate Studies, partnering with the Support Hub of Inclusive Practices to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus. She has been recognized as a 2022 Diversity Scholar with a project focused on strengthening the sense of belonging of international students graduating in higher education in the United States.
Gabriela L. Carrillo is a doctorate. candidate for the Translational Biology, Medicine and Health program with concentrations in neurosciences and immunology and infectious diseases. She studies the neuro-immune mechanisms underlying the loss of neuronal connections in long-term parasitic brain infections. She has been recognized by numerous professional organizations and is the recipient of several awards for her work. She is passionate about making science and higher education accessible to students from underrepresented backgrounds and has mentored many students through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Virginia, Virginia Western Community College’s Women in STEM Mentorship Program and neuroSURF Translational Neurobiology. Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship. She also received an F99/K00 D-SPAN Fellowship from the National Institute of Health.
Anaid D. Shaver is a doctoral candidate. in counselor training and supervision in the school of education. Her research focuses on counselor well-being, clinical supervision of school counselling, and the implementation of comprehensive school counseling programs. Shaver has been recognized as a Michele Dowdy Emerging Leader by the Virginia Counselor Association. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Siena College and her master’s degree from the University of Albany. Shaver currently provides outreach services to school divisions on implementing comprehensive school counseling programs to support K-12 student achievement and achievement through monthly meetings and workshops. She also collaborated to develop, implement, and serve as a mentor for the American Counseling Association’s Mentorship Program, a multicultural leadership development opportunity to advance the counseling profession. Shaver aspires to serve as a learning facilitator for counselors to promote supportive, evidence-based anti-racist, multicultural, and social justice practices that are inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible in the development of their counselor identity.
Michael White is a doctorate. candidate for the Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering Program (BEAM). His research aims to understand microglia-induced inflammatory responses following blast- and impact-related traumatic brain injury. She was recognized as a recipient of the Virginia Tech Joseph Frank Hunkler Memorial Scholarship and a Virginia Tech New Horizon Fellow. She is also a graduate student representative on the College of Engineering Dean’s Student Advisory Council and BEAM’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She has also served as a peer mentor for graduate, undergraduate and high school students. White earned her bachelor’s degree from George Mason University and aspires to work at the intersection of neuroscience, engineering, and health equity, with a passion for improving science communication, advocacy, and research. health care within the black community.
Johnny C. Woods Jr. is a doctoral student in higher education program at the School of Education. He received his M.Sc. from Makerere University, Uganda and his B.Sc. from AME Zion University, Liberia. He is concurrently a graduate assistant for the Graduate School’s Global Perspectives program, a graduate teaching assistant for the Preparing the Future Professoriate course, and acts as a graduate student researcher in engineering education and higher education programs. He is a recipient of the Diversity Scholar Award and the Don G. Creamer Research Award, is a Fellow of the VT Graduate Academy of Teaching Excellence, served as Vice President of the African Graduate Student Organization, and was a Fellow of the School of education diversity, equity, and inclusion committee. Her broader research focuses on inclusive academic environments for marginalized populations through the practice of asset-based frameworks. It focuses on access and equity in STEM education, the internationalization of higher education, and the experiences and outcomes of black scholars in sub-Saharan Africa.