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Brittany Ralph, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University


Brittany Ralph, a senior majoring in biological sciences and psychology, participates in the Virginia Tech American Medical Women's Association, the Ronald McNair Post-Baccalaureate Program, and is the founding president of the African-American Sisterhood. Brittany is also a member of the Student Conduct Committee, part of the Virginia Tech honor system. She has been a summer intern with the Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program, and would like to be a biomedical researcher.



Reisha Parham, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Reisha Parham is an honors student at Virginia Tech and was an Initiative for Maximizing Stident Diversity (IMSD) Undergraduate Scholar. Reisha participates in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the National Society of Black Engineers. She has made conference presentations at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference, the Virginia Tech Undergraduate Research Conference, and the Multicultural Academic Opportunities Summer Research Internship Symposium.


Iriscilla Ayalla, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University


Iriscilla Ayala, a biochemistry major and 2011 graduate of Virginia Tech, won first place for her research poster at the 2010 Alliance Symposium. She attended the 2011 Annual Biomedical Rsearch Conference for Minority Students in Charlotte, North Carolina. Iriscilla has been accepted to a Ph.D. program at the University of Texas, San Antonio.



Marissa Rice, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Marissa Rice has been a part of the Virginia Tech Alliance family since her freshman year. During the past school year, she was the program assistant for VT-AMP and conducted research with Dr. Lisa Belden in biology. Marissa was also a McNair scholar, and an undergraduate teaching assistant in biology. In March 2011, she won second place in the oral competition at the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) National Conference. She also won first place in the talent competition at MANRRS! Marissa will begin working on her Ph.D. in zoology at Oklahoma State University.



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