Graduate ambassadors

Graduate School ambassadors are selected for their determination and hard work in their studies, as well as their ability to share their knowledge and experience with prospective students. They represent a range of degree programs, matched by a wide variety of life experiences.

Become a graduate ambassador

Graduate ambassadors have the opportunity to give back to Wayne State University by participating in Graduate School events, webinars, and other virtual and in-person meetings with prospective graduate students. The graduate ambassador program pays a tuition scholarship of $500 in fall and in winter semesters.

Application will open July 1, 2019. 

Meet the Graduate Ambassadors

surina shahSurina Shah
Health Education 
College of Education 

Surina is currently pursuing a master's of education in community health with a focus in exercise science. After graduation, she wants to work with children in under-served communities in the Detroit area. She's an avid Detroit Tigers fan, loves to travel, and hopes to one day explore the world. 

ambassadorDavid Cicala
Social Work and Public Health
School of Social Work




ambassadorVenkat Nithesh Balaji
Industrial Engineering
College of Engineering


ambassadorLucki Word
Department of Biological Sciences 
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 

Lucki considers herself to be the epidemy of a "WSU Warrior!" At Wayne State, she obtained a BA in broadcast journalism, completed a pre-medical track, and is now pursuing a master's degree in biology. Her dream is to become a Detroit-based physician who specializes in infectious diseases. As a native Detroiter, she intends to use her skills and education to improve the lives of those residing in her city. When she's not studying, she loves to concoct new recipes and travel.

ambassadorEmerson Perry 
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 
School of Medicine 




Alexei Berg
College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts 

Anita Partyka
Social Work
School of Social Work