Graduate Student Spotlight

Valentine Antony - Community & Regional Planning and Public Administration

Valentine Antony - Community & Regional Planning and Public Administration

Valentine serves in several UNM student leadership roles including, student president of the American Planning Association (APA UNM) and Deputy Chief of Staff for the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA). Within the School of Architecture and Planning, he has worked with other student leaders to build upon interdisciplinary collaboration, culminating in the founding of the Council of Allied Disciplines (CAD) which unites Planning, Architecture and Landscape Architecture and other allied fields, in developing and implementing fun and engaging community projects on and off campus. He is the 2014/2015 recipient of the CRP Community Building award for academic achievements and contributions to the planning community.

Sandra Bruce - Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies

Sandra Bruce - Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies

Sandra has taught English in Norway and Spain, and has traveled throughout Mexico, Canada, Europe, Turkey, and SE Asia. She is a recent recipient of the Graduate Student Success Scholarship through the College of Education, two Professional Development grants from GPSA, as well as a travel grant from S-CAP. This funding has allowed Sandra to present and attend several conferences. Her research interests include second language acquisition, adult language learning, identity construction, affective factors in language learning, immigrant negotiation of adjustment, World Englishes, language pedagogy, and second language composition.

Tina Faris - Geography and Environmental Studies

Tina Faris - Geography and Environmental Studies

Tina was recently awarded the New Mexico Higher Education Department Graduate Scholarship, a departmental assistantship with the Historical Geography Journal, the Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship from the UNM Chapter, and a departmental internship. Her research will specifically focus on human-environmental relations within natural resource management, environmental justice, and feminist geography.

Amanda Minnich - Computer Science

Amanda Minnich - Computer Science

Amanda is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and a Programs in Interdisciplinary Biological and Biomedical Sciences Fellow. She recently received the Grace Hopper Celebration Scholarship for outstanding women in computer science. She has interned at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory, UC Berkeley, and most recently Mandiant, a computer security company with branches worldwide. Before going into computer science, Amanda worked as a plant ecologist in French Polynesia and Australia. Amanda's current research centers around data mining and machine learning, with a focus on validating unlabeled data, identifying review spam, and creating personalized recommender systems.

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