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Graduate Ambassadors    

The Graduate Ambassador program was started in 2014 to have current graduate students on the Texas A&M University at Galveston campus involved with the Graduate Studies Office. The Ambassadors program has been a great success. Our students have helped to plan several campus events with the Research and Graduate Studies Office. They volunteer to lead campus tours for prospective students, participate in panel discussions with undergraduates, represent the Graduate Studies Office at the Texas A&M Galveston Career Fair, and much more.

They are an invaluable resource to our office and a fantastic group of students to represent their peers. The Ambassadors represent the graduate students in each of our programs on the Texas A&M Galveston campus, including our students pursuing degrees from College Station’s campus.

Please feel free to email if you have questions for our Graduate Ambassadors about the graduate school experience or Texas A&M University Galveston.

Who We Are    

Preston Chang, PhD student in Marine Biology

Hometown: Nanking, China
Alma Mater: Chinese Academy of Sciences
Major: Marine Biology
Why Did You Choose Texas A&M for graduate school?: I was encouraged by a Texas A&M alumni who introduced this aggie land to me. The spirits and traditions passed from former Aggies steadied my will and I am very glad to be part of it now. TAMUG has distinguished professors, professional faculties & staffs, as well as amazing programs. So far I have benefited tremendously in the past year. Meanwhile, different languages, culture shock, and different thinking ways keep challenging all the international students that not exclude me. TAMUG so far is one of my best choice in my life and I am proud of being a sea aggie. 

Christopher Sanders, Master’s in Marine Resources Management

Hometown: Galveston
Alma Mater: Lamar University
Major: Marine Resources Management
Why TAMUG?: The MARM program was a perfect blend of business and science allowing me to capitalize on my past work experience and my undergraduate degree.

Shawna Little, PhD student in Marine Biology

Hometown: Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada
Alma Mater: Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
Major: Marine Biology
Why Did You Choose A&M for graduate school?: To pursue my research into marine micropaleontology at a well-respected and well known marine institution.

Lauren Simonitis, Ph.D. student in Marine Biology

Hometown: Miami, FL
Alma Mater: University of Miami
Major: Marine Biology
Why Did You Choose A&M for graduate school?: I chose A&M for 3 reasons: 1) I wanted to work with my advisor, Dr. Christopher Marshall, who is well known in the field of aquatic sensory ecology; 2) The MARB IDP program offers a competitive monthly stipend and the MARB graduate student body is close knit and inviting; 3) I wanted to stay at a marine focused school.

Annie Tamalavage, Ph.D. student in Oceanography










Hometown: Pottsville, Pennsylvania
Alma Mater: The Pennsylvania State University - WE ARE!
Major: Marine Oceanography
Why Did You Choose A&M for graduate school?: I chose Texas A&M for graduate school because the Oceanography department felt collaborative and welcoming. The community vibe in Galveston was also so impressive. My project option also seemed like a bit of a dream: geochemistry in Bahamian sinkholes and blueholes to reconstruct past climates –  what could be cooler?!

MC Hannon, Ph.D. student in Marine Biology

Hometown: Joliet, IL
Alma Mater:  Humboldt State University
Major: Marine Biology
Why Did You Choose A&M for graduate school?: When I was applying to graduate school, the most important part was to find a well-respected advisor in my field of study. TAMUG has an amazing faculty that are continually contributing to the greater scientific community. After finding an advisor that fit, a few other key elements sealed the deal. TAMUG is situated near a variety of ecosystems making field research easily accessible. The Marine Biology Department offers great internal funding opportunities, lowering the financial burden that accompanies graduate school. All together, the Aggie spirit and community made my decision a no brainer!