Office of the President

Presidential Student Ambassadors

Sharon Young

Sharon Young is a PhD candidate in the Anthropology Department studying biomedical anthropology. She came to Las Vegas from southern California where she studied at Chaffey Community College and University of California, Riverside, and subsequently worked as a teacher before coming to UNLV to pursue a graduate degree. She plans to become a university professor where she can pursue her interests through both research and teaching, and can inspire future students much like she was inspired throughout her academic endeavors.

Young has been involved in various campus organizations and has held leadership positions in the UNLV chapter of Lambda Alpha, the national anthropology honor society, and in graduate student government as the Vice President of the Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA). As a part of her involvement with the GPSA she chairs both the Sponsorship Committee and the Research Forum Committee, where she both reviews applications for sponsorship funding and co-organizes the annual Research Forum to showcase graduate student work.

Young’s own research focusing on maternal reproductive health has recently been highlighted in university, local, and national media outlets including newspaper and magazine articles, and television and radio interviews. She has held Graduate Assistantships in the Women’s Studies and Anthropology Departments, and her research and studies have been funded through GPSA Sponsorship funding, the Edwards and Olswang and Patricia L. Rocchio Scholarships in Anthropology, the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Graduate Student Stipend Award, the Alumni Association Sterling Scholarship, and the UNLV Foundation Board of Trustees Fellowship.