NC State
Graduate Student Association


Angel Cruz

Conference: The 2016 ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona

Angel is pursuing a PhD in Agroecology in the Crop and Soil Science Department. Here research examines the relationship between soil health and food security for smallholder farmers in rural El Salvador. By showing that farmers who have healthier soils also have higher yields and thus increased food security, we can improve funding and extension efforts throughout Central America.  Angel spends about half the year conducting field research in El Salvador, partnering with a local NGO and a University, and half the year at NCSU doing lab work, taking classes and writing. After graduating in 2017, Angel plans to pursue a position as a tenure track faculty continuing international and sustainable agriculture research.

Karen G. Jones

jones_smallConference: NodiCHI 2016: Game Changing Design, Gothenburg, Sweden

Karen is pursuing a Master in Art + Design with a concentration on Animation/Interactive Media in the College of Design. Building on her experience as an author, illustrator, and animator she is creating a multilingual storytelling platform for tablet that combines animated narration in American Sign Language (ASL) and static English text with illustrated picture support to offer an inclusive means of storytelling for those that wish to share reading activities in ASL, as well as support for foreign language curricula for non-native ASL users.



Michael Fisher


Conference: International Congress of Entomology & Entomological Society of America, Orlando Fl.

Michael Fisher is a 3rd year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology under the supervision of Drs. Wes Watson and Coby Schal studying bacterial species diversity of the common bed bug, Cimex lectularius and the influence of their microbiome on their biology and life history. After completing his M.S. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2007, he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy and has been an Active Duty Navy Entomologist in the Medical Service Corps since. He has been studying insects and arthropods of public health for the past 15 years, and is a Board Certified Entomologist specializing in medical and veterinary pests. Upon graduation in 2017, he will continue service in the military at Navy Medical Research Unit 6 in Lima, Peru, assume duties as the director of the Vector Biology Department and conduct research on vector-borne diseases such as Zika, Yellow Fever, Dengue, Leishmaniasis and Chaga’s.


Karen Tharrington

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Karen Tharrington is a doctoral Candidate in the TELS Learning, Design, and Technology program under the direction of Dr. Kevin Oliver.  Her research centers on Foreign Language pre-service teacher preparation and professional learning networks; specifically, to what extent pre-service teachers value connecting to a virtual community on Twitter, and how the experience shapes their perspectives on teaching practices. After graduation she plans to continue work in the Teacher Education field.



Yanqi Ye


Conference: 2016 AIChE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Yanqi Ye received her BS degree in Textile Engineering in 2014. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate student in Prof. Zhen Gu’s laboratory in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina University. Her current research interests include controlled drug delivery, micro and nanotechnology for cancer immunotherapy.