SURGE Scholars 2023


  • Maya Calloway RichardsonEd.D. student in educational leadership & policy studies

    I love the world of academia. I truly believe higher education is one of the most crucial factors in helping someone change their circumstances and increase their social mobility.

  • Abigail FielderPh.D. student in cancer biology

    I want to contribute to the improvement of oncology therapeutics and make an impact in the medical field, particularly in underrepresented areas.

  • Gibson KiruiPh.D. candidate in chemistry

    I have realized the importance of having a career mentor, someone who can help me view the world from a different angle. 

  • Michelle D. TaylorPh.D. candidate in leadership & policy studies

    As a first-generation university student, I had to traverse the path to graduate school on my own and it was daunting at times. I want to make it easier for those who follow the same path. 

  • Rayshawnda TempleMaster's student in public health

    College can be very stressful at times and I have personally found value in reaching out to others for advice. I hope to motivate my mentee to reach their goals. 

  • Geari Viney, Ph.D.Ph.D. '21 in learning design & technology

    As an undergraduate, I was in need of a mentor who could guide me through the admissions and academic process. Now, I hope to offer that same guidance to my mentees.

  • Aaron LotvolaPh.D. student in cancer biology

    WSU truly has the most diverse cancer biology program. The science is great and the people welcoming. Never have I felt alone in my graduate experience here. 


  • Andrew DailingSocial work

    Working with my mentor has allowed me to learn about grad school, get insight into the application process, and attend events to learn more about future opportunities.

  • Darius Love Jr. Psychology

    I chose to major in psychology, because I want to help people in the mental health field. 

  • Zeina MohamedPsychology

    My SURGE mentor has helped me a lot. She guides me through the graduate school application process and always encourages me to get more involved at the university. 

  • Siedah OutlawLaw

    My SURGE mentor has helped me prepare for the challenges that come with being a graduate student. I am grateful for the support and confident that their help will be invaluable as I pursue my graduate studies and career.

  • Carissa A. ParksBiological sciences

    I joined SURGE because I wanted guidance and someone to help me on my journey to becoming a physician. My mentor helped me learn how to prioritize myself and my goals.