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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 gradstudies@tamug.edu 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. 

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.

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!

Candace Grimes, Ph.D. student in Marine Biology

Hometown: Bartlesville, OK
Alma Mater:  University of Oklahoma
Major: Marine Biology
Why Did You Choose A&M for graduate school?: I chose Texas A&M University to pursue my PhD because of the expertise of my advisor and the interdisciplinary nature of the program. Our program allows graduate students to take classes on a wide range of topics and provides numerous opportunities for internal research funding.

Abby Maberry, M.S. student in Maritime Administration and Logistics

Hometown: Weatherford, TX
Alma Mater:  Texas A&M University at Galveston
Major: Maritime Administration and Logistics
Why Did You Choose A&M for graduate school?: I chose A&M for graduate school because I absolutely love Galveston and simply could not leave my new home. I found during my internship while working on my undergrad that I had a major interest in logistics and decided to pursue it further at the best school in the world due to quality of professors from the industry.