Ryan Smith named Graduate Man of the Year at Virginia Tech
Shernita Lee of Birmingham, Ala., a doctoral candidate with an interdisciplinary major in genetics, bioinformatics, and computational biology, and Ryan C. Smith of Hardyville, a doctoral candidate in psychology in the College of Science, have been named the 2013 Graduate Woman and Man of the Year at Virginia Tech University.
Each received a $500 award for their significant contributions to the Virginia Tech graduate community.
Smith is a doctoral candidate with research interests in traffic safety, alcohol abuse and misuse, bullying, race policies, and education. He has presented at numerous professional conferences nationally and internationally and has mentored more than 60 undergraduate students each semester in the Center for Applied Behavior Systems.
Smith has been highly involved in the university and has served on both the undergraduate and graduate student governments and honor systems. In 2007-08, he was the undergraduate representative to the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
Smith is the winner of numerous awards and recognition, among them the William Preston Society Master’s Thesis Award and the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools Thesis Award. He was named the 2008 Undergraduate Man of the Year, making him the first individual to receive both of Virginia Tech’s highest student honors.
Smith earned three bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree from Virginia Tech.
He is a graduate of Middlesex High School and the son of Suzanne and Willard Smith of Hardyville.