NC State
Graduate Student Association

Jennifer Baltzegar

Conference: Entomology 2017: Ignite. Inspire. Innovate., Denver, Colorado

Jennifer Baltzegar is a PhD Candidate in the Genetics Program and an NSF IGERT Fellow in Genetic Pest Management. She has developed a broad background in population genetics, with an emphasis on species management of natural populations. Currently, she focuses on elucidating the fine-scale population structure and the evolution of insecticide resistance in Aedes aegypti, the Yellow Fever Mosquito, to facilitate mathematical modeling of new control methods. She plans to pursue an academic career path.



Megan Ennes

Conference: 12th Conference of the European Science Education Research Association, Dublin, Ireland

Megan is a doctoral candidate and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow in Science Education. She is working with Dr. Gail Jones to examine the effect of museum based family STEM programs on youths’ science interest, self-efficacy, and career aspirations. Her presentation in Ireland discussed science museum educators’ levels of self-efficacy in teaching. Megan’s goal is to work in academia developing and improving professional pathways for informal science educators.


Katie Green

Conference: American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, New York, NY

Green is a third year PhD student in STEM Education.  Green’s main research focus is on how culture and science intersect in formal learning environments and is particularly focused on how students navigate cultural borders when learning about evolution.  Green intends to pursue a career as a professor at a research university, where she can assist future science teachers in considering culture as an integral influence on learning.


Rob Moore

Conference: Association for Educational Communications and Technology 2017 Annual Conference, Jacksonville, Florida

Rob is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences. After earning an MS in instructional technology from East Carolina University, Rob began his doctoral studies at NCSU under the direction of Dr. Kevin Oliver. His doctoral research examines the influence that pacing condition (instructor-paced versus self-paced) in three Harvard massive open online courses has on the demonstration of cognitive presence. His research analyzes data provided by Harvard’s Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL) Research Team. After graduation, Rob plans to pursue a tenure-track professor position in the field of instructional technology.


Yaewon Park

Conference: The Fiber Society 2017 Fall Meeting & Technical Conference, Athens, Georgia

Yaewon is from Seoul, South Korea. She graduated from Seoul National University with BS and MS in Textile Science. In 2014, Yaewon started her doctoral study in Fiber and Polymer Science at the Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science with the provost doctoral recruitment fellowship. With guidance from her advisor, Dr. Ericka Ford, Yaewon is developing bioinspired mineral coating on nanofibers. She wants to continue creating polymeric nanofibers with desirable functionality as a professor at a research-intensive university, where she can continue her research and prepare students in fiber and polymer science.


Ryann Rossi

Conference: Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation 2017, Providence, RI

Ryann Rossi is a PhD candidate in the Department of Applied Ecology. Her research aims to understand the abiotic and biotic drivers of coastal ecosystems and how they interact. She is particularly interested in biotic drivers in these systems such as herbivory and disease and how they may influence coastal ecosystem function under climate change and in the presence of other abiotic stressors (e.g., drought). Through her research, she hopes to inform management and conservation practices of coastal ecosystems.



Katie Smith

Conference: 42nd Annual Association for the Study of Higher Education, Houston, Texas

Katie Smith is a third-year Ph.D. student in Higher Education in the College of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development and a current graduate assistant in the NCSU Office of Institutional Research and Planning. A former career advisor at Duke and Elon Universities, Katie’s research interests center around college students’ career-related experiences, decisions, and post-graduate outcomes. Katie is originally from upstate New York and holds an M.S. in Higher Education from the University of Rochester and a B.A. from SUNY Geneseo. Upon graduation, Katie hopes to pursue a career in education research.