CSU Graduate School

What is Graduate Ram Impact? It's problem solvers, innovators, entrepreneurs, compassionate community leaders, artists, and scientists transforming our communities.

Despite the many challenges of the last few years, Grad Rams have not only persevered— they charged forward and adapted as they tackled both complex and urgent problems.

You can help graduate students continue their leadership by supporting the Graduate Student Experience fund. Grad Rams make an immense impact. Help these leaders continue their work by funding experiences that better enhance their ability to succeed during their graduate journey.

During the unprecedented disruptions of the last two years, Grad Rams have adapted, thrived, and continued to pursue meaningful projects like the ones listed below.

  • A team of four graduate students won a humanitarian competition involving 130 students from 16 countries. The team of students were named the winners in an international competition designed to offer solutions to countries grappling with natural disasters and the supply chain issues that ensue.  
  • In the fall of 2021, Roberta Maia Sabino received the first doctorate degree from the School of Advanced Materials Discovery. Her specialty is biomaterials. In one research project, she has worked on titanium implants used for procedures like hip and knee replacements, changing the topography of their surface at the nano scale to make them more like real bones, so it’s less likely that body tissue will reject them as foreign substances.
  • Ray Sumner, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology and Geography in CSU’s College of Liberal Arts, was the project manager and team leader in a mission to identify and return a fallen pilot’s remains to American soil. Sumner is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel.
  • Grad Rams volunteered or worked in COVID-19 testing labs to process thousands of saliva and wastewater samples.
  • Master of Public Health students volunteered with the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment as contact tracers.
  • College of Business students established a nonprofit organization, Fort Collins Delivery Network, to deliver food, medicine, and other essential supplies to at-risk members of the Fort Collins community. 
  • Students in the School of Advanced Materials Discovery designed PPE to protect frontline medical workers. 
  • Hundreds of Graduate Teaching Assistants enabled a majority of CSU courses to be taught with in-person experiences in Fall 2020. 

The Graduate Student Experience fund helps make this level of impact possible, supporting Grad Rams by providing opportunities that may not otherwise be available. Thank you for helping enhance the Graduate Student Experience!

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