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

Can't say enough great things about Wayne State? Consider applying to be a graduate ambassador! 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 program pays a tuition scholarship of $500 in fall and winter semesters. 


  • Be enrolled as a graduate student at Wayne State University for at least one full academic year.
  • Maintain a 3.0 G.P.A. in your graduate studies.
  • Must be able to attend a one hour mandatory orientation meeting in August.
  • Must be able to attend (4) monthly meetings starting in September 2019.
  • Graduate Ambassadors will be required to attend events, such as the Graduate Open House on October 2, 2019, the Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Symposium in March 2020, as well as other Graduate School events.

Application Process:  

  • Upload an unofficial copy of your Wayne State transcript.
  • Add a 500 word or less essay, describing your interest in the Graduate Ambassador program, any community involvement, diversity engagement, leadership experience and your academic or extra-curricular duties.

Selection Process:

The final candidates for this program will be interviewed in mid-July. Decisions on Graduate Ambassadors will be announced in late July.

Please contact Graduate Programs Outreach Specialist Shantelle Cavin at or (313) 577-0096 with any questions about the Graduate Ambassador program.

Meet our current graduate ambassadors

photo of DannyDanny Greig, M.S. student in basic medical sciences
School of Medicine

Undergrad institution: Central Michigan University
Favorite thing about Detroit: The diversity and variety of delicious food.
Favorite place to study: Shiffman Medical Library
Future plans after graduation: Attend medical school for a doctorate of medicine. 



Tphoto of Tiaraiara Hinton, Ph.D. student in pharmaceutical sciences
Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Undergrad institiution: Morgan State University
Favorite thing about Detroit: Finding somewhere new to eat!
Favorite place to study: Undergraduate Library
Future plans after graduation: To become a postdoctoral fellow.



Aphoto of Amritamrita Jackson, M.Sc. in nursing with a neonatal nurse practitioner clinical speciality
College of Nursing

Undergrad institution(s): University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and University of Michigan, Flint
Favorite thing about Detroit: The art, food and entertainment that comes from the diversity.
Favorite place to study: I honestly don't study much on campus but like that Wayne State has the resources that allow me to learn from a distance.  
Future plans after graduation: I plan on working in a Level III or IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit as a nurse practitioner.


Cphoto of Ckandykandy Mendoza, M.A. in social work
School of Social Work

Undergrad institution: Wayne State University 
Favorite thing about Detroit: There are numerous restaurants that allow you to taste and experience a little of Honduras, Mexico, Spain, Cuba, Italy, Greece, Mediterranean, African, and more.
Favorite place to study: Student Center Starbucks
Future plans after graduation: My plans for the future is to work in an organization that help undocumented immigrants.


Mphoto of Micaelaicaela Trexler, Ph.D. candidate in biomedical engineering
College of Engineering

Undergrad institution: Boston University
Favorite thing about Detroit: I love the food culture in Detroit, from shawarma to BBQ to ramen to tostadas.
Favorite place to study: By the reflection pool next to the McGregor Building.
Future plans after graduation: My dream job is to be the R&D director at a start-up to midsize biotech company and continue encouraging women in STEM.


photo of PrashantPrashant Vetsa, M.A. student in mechanical engineering
College of Engineering 

Undergrad institution: Vellore Institute of Technology
Favorite thing about Detroit: That it's the Motor City!
Favorite place to study: Purdy-Kresge Library
Future plans after graduation: To work in the automotive sector.



Hphoto of Haroldarold Wilcox, M.S. student in concentration supply chain management
Mike Ilitch School of Business

Undergrad institution: Eastern Michigan University
Favorite thing about Detroit: Being born in Detroit, I have always admired the strong workforce of the automotive industry.
Favorite place to study: Undergraduate Library
Future plans after graduation: Upon completing my M.B.A with a concentration in management, I plan to continue working the construction industry as a superintendent and sustainability manager for Turner Construction Company.