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Graduate Student Testimonials

Discover what graduate students have to say about their Boise State experiences. Explore our degree programs pages to learn more about what we can offer you, or share your story as a Boise State graduate student.

Doctoral Student Spotlight

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    Temitope Okpebho

    “During my doctoral degree, I was equipped with the skills to be an efficient leader, independent researcher, and an outstanding advocate. With mentorship from the Boise State Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) faculty members, I independently designed, implemented, and evaluated an evidence-based scholarly project. The doctoral degree provided me the personal and educational confidence that I need to achieve my professional goals. I will forever cherish the life long relationship that developed between me, my faculty mentor, the DNP faculty members, and the 2020 DNP Cohort. The support staffs were exceptional, readily available, and willing to help.”

    Doctor of Nursing Practice, DNP

    “During my doctoral degree, I was equipped with the skills to be an efficient leader, independent researcher, and an outstanding advocate. With mentorship from the Boise State Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) faculty members, I independently designed, implemented, and evaluated an evidence-based scholarly project. The doctoral degree provided me the personal and educational confidence that I need to achieve my professional goals. I will forever cherish the life long relationship that developed between me, my faculty mentor, the DNP faculty members, and the 2020 DNP Cohort. The support staffs were exceptional, readily available, and willing to help.”

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    Craig Jones

    “Having previously received undergraduate and masters degrees from Boise State, I knew returning for my doctorate would provide a great opportunity to learn from outstanding faculty. What I wasn’t prepared for was just how much like family they would become. Rarely have I experienced the interest in and concern for the well being and future of students, or anyone for that matter, that I experienced during my time in the School of Public Service. I am blessed and honored to have studied under Dr. Jen Schneider and so many other talented faculty members. And I am privileged to graduate not only with a doctorate, but lifelong friends as well. I couldn’t be prouder to be a three-time graduate of a premiere research university. Go Broncos!”

    Public Policy and Administration, PhD

    “Having previously received undergraduate and masters degrees from Boise State, I knew returning for my doctorate would provide a great opportunity to learn from outstanding faculty. What I wasn’t prepared for was just how much like family they would become. Rarely have I experienced the interest in and concern for the well being and future of students, or anyone for that matter, that I experienced during my time in the School of Public Service. I am blessed and honored to have studied under Dr. Jen Schneider and so many other talented faculty members. And I am privileged to graduate not only with a doctorate, but lifelong friends as well. I couldn’t be prouder to be a three-time graduate of a premiere research university. Go Broncos!”

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    Stephanie Hudon

    “My degree gave me the confidence and skill set to engage in interdisciplinary research to improve conservation outcomes and animal fitness assays. I really enjoyed traveling to Iceland this past semester to work with our collaborators there and to see their beautiful country. Upon graduation I plan to do a postdoc with Dr. Jen Forbey at Boise State University where I will continue to work with her team on metagenomic and metabolomic projects and data science pipelines.”

    Biomolecular Sciences, PhD

    “My degree gave me the confidence and skill set to engage in interdisciplinary research to improve conservation outcomes and animal fitness assays. I really enjoyed traveling to Iceland this past semester to work with our collaborators there and to see their beautiful country. Upon graduation I plan to do a postdoc with Dr. Jen Forbey at Boise State University where I will continue to work with her team on metagenomic and metabolomic projects and data science pipelines.”

Graduate Student Stories

  • Taylor Kennemore

    Taylor Kennemore

    Choosing the M.A. Communication program at Boise State was hands down the best decision I ever made! The program allowed me to explore a broad range of interests in organizational, cultural and relational communication before finally landing on a capstone project focusing on collaborative leadership.

    Throughout this program, even while working full time, I gained practical skills, experience, and confidence that serve me well in my role as a change manager. I am so grateful for the mentors and friends I made along the way. Go Broncos!

    Hometown: Citrus Heights, CA

    Choosing the M.A. Communication program at Boise State was hands down the best decision I ever made! The program allowed me to explore a broad range of interests in organizational, cultural and relational communication before finally landing on a capstone project focusing on collaborative leadership.

    Throughout this program, even while working full time, I gained practical skills, experience, and confidence that serve me well in my role as a change manager. I am so grateful for the mentors and friends I made along the way. Go Broncos!

  • Christopher Prokes

    Christopher Prokes

    When I decided to pursue a doctorate, Boise State’s reputation preceded itself. During the application process, department staff were more than helpful in answering all of my questions in a prompt and welcoming manner. After acceptance, I affirmed it right away and never looked back.

    The curriculum is one of the best, our faculty are truly intellectuals well-respected in our field, and the sense of community amongst those in the program is almost family-like. This is so important because we all exist at a great distance from each other and yet have a true connection as if we were in a physical place every week. My professors truly care about my success and push me to my limits on doing the best work possible, while certainly helping to reshape the way I critically think and research within my areas of interest. I’m thankful for the wonderful relationships I’ve made in this program.

    When I decided to pursue a doctorate, Boise State’s reputation preceded itself. During the application process, department staff were more than helpful in answering all of my questions in a prompt and welcoming manner. After acceptance, I affirmed it right away and never looked back.

    The curriculum is one of the best, our faculty are truly intellectuals well-respected in our field, and the sense of community amongst those in the program is almost family-like. This is so important because we all exist at a great distance from each other and yet have a true connection as if we were in a physical place every week. My professors truly care about my success and push me to my limits on doing the best work possible, while certainly helping to reshape the way I critically think and research within my areas of interest. I’m thankful for the wonderful relationships I’ve made in this program.

  • Hayley Naylor

    Hayley Naylor

    Earning my undergrad at Boise State prepared me so well for my first year of teaching. Going into year two, I knew that I wanted to further my education. Continuing at Boise State was the way to go. As a graduate student here, I am able to work full time as a teacher, while working on my degree. There is a direct correlation between what I am doing in class and applying it to my teaching. I can research best practices in literacy and immediately put them into action to best serve my students!

    Earning my undergrad at Boise State prepared me so well for my first year of teaching. Going into year two, I knew that I wanted to further my education. Continuing at Boise State was the way to go. As a graduate student here, I am able to work full time as a teacher, while working on my degree. There is a direct correlation between what I am doing in class and applying it to my teaching. I can research best practices in literacy and immediately put them into action to best serve my students!