Doctoral Student Spotlight

Austin Biaggne, second year PhD student in Materials Science and Engineering.

“…the biggest deciding factor for me was the Materials Science department and the people in it. When I visited, the students, faculty, and staff were all so welcoming and the department as whole just had a more supportive and exciting feeling to it than other universities I visited. My time here has only solidified my feelings about that.”

Nardos Ashenafi

Nardos Ashenafi, PhD student in Electrical and Computer Engineering program.

“I had a wonderful experience as an international student during my undergraduate at Boise State. It is a great institution with experienced faculty and I wanted to continue on the progress I was making in my professional career.”

Anupama Dhamala, PhD student in Electrical and Computer Engineering program.

“What stood out to me was definitely: the people. This is my second semester here at Boise State. It never ceases to amaze me how supportive, patient and kind everyone around me is, I feel like I am in this supportive learning environment.”

Sandeep Dhakal, PhD student in the Materials Science and Engineering program.

“I got to talk to the professors that I was interested in, talk to their graduate students, and tour their labs which helped me greatly to decide who I wanted to work with.”

Graduate Student Testimonials

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

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!