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Graduate Student Voices:  Recommendations and Ideas for Moving Forward in Wellness

In this session, STEM graduate student panelists will share their recommendations for faculty and STEM programs to most effectively support the wellness and mental health of STEM graduate students. 


Ms. Kenya Andrews

Kenya Andrews is a proud graduate of the Dual Degree Engineering Program at Spelman College where earned a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science and Auburn University where earned a Bachelors of Computer Engineering. Andrews is a PhD Candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago in Computer Science. Throughout her PhD journey, she has obtained the Google + Black in Robotics (BiR) Fellowship, GEM Fellowship, NSF Bridge to Doctorate Fellowship, Bill and Melinda Gates Scholarship/Fellowship. Her main research interests are in: (1) Using machine learning algorithms to mitigate injustice amongst historically marginalized groups so that they have fair access to opportunities through increased visibility of those groups, (2) Working towards just algorithmic decision-making which is comprehensive for all people and encourages growth towards a thriving society for all people, and (3) Designing just and fair decision-making algorithms that drive Human-Robot Interaction (Including roboethics). Andrews’ most recent research projects are focused on analyzing, proving, and correcting instances in which people are invisible to algorithms/machines due to various aspects, such as silencing, which prevents them from having proper access to things they need. In her spare time, Andrews is passionate about mentoring students of all ages. She dedicates her time to coaching middle and high school students in robotics, guiding high school students in college preparation, and supporting college students in their professional development.


Mr. Marcus Vinicius Melo de Lyra

Marcus is a Ph.D. student in the Engineering Education Department and works with Dr. Adam Carberry. Before joining the EED Program at the OSU, Marcus was a Ph.D. student at Arizona State University, where he had the opportunity to work and collaborate in the Fulton School of Engineering Teaching and Learning Hub as a summer intern (summer 2022 and summer 2023).  He holds a B.S. in civil engineering from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (Brazil - 2019) and an M.S in civil and environmental engineering with a focus in geotechnical engineering from the Federal University of Campina Grande (Brazil -  2021).   Marcus is also a host of a Podcast entitled Engineering Education Theory Talks, which aims to help new engineering education researchers and students better understand the field and identify opportunities and topics of interest.


Mx. Sage Maul

Sage Maul (they/them) is a third year PhD student in Purdue University's School of Engineering Education. Sage's research explores structural factors on student experiences for disabled students and in electrical and computer engineering courses. Sage graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue and worked in industry for 5 years before starting graduate school. Their experiences with accommodations in undergrad and getting diagnosed with ADHD as an adult inform their research work.


Mr. Sri Yash Tadimalla

Sri Yash Tadimalla is a Ph.D. student in the College of Computing and Informatics at UNC Charlotte, where he is pursuing an interdisciplinary degree in Computer Science and Sociology. Serving as the Technology Focal Point for United Nations MGCY Science Policy Interface and the incumbent General Secretary of the World Student Platform for Engineering Education and Development (SPEED), he advocates for the equitable advancement of STEM education on a global scale, actively fostering youth participation in STEM initiatives through engagements with the United Nations Major Group and stakeholder mechanisms.  As an immigrant delving into technology access research, Yash offers nuanced insights into the intricate links between educational and technological accessibility and global food and health insecurities, all profoundly shaped by his research, personal journey and professional experiences. At UNC Charlotte he is assisting various NSF research projects under the Center for Humane AI, Center for Education Innovation (CEIR) Lab and the Human-Centered Computing (HCC) Lab. He is the President of the Charlotte Human-centered Research Group. His research agenda explores how an individual's identity influences their interaction with and learning of technology, particularly in the domains of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Computer Science (CS) education.

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