Maria Ramos Gonzales, Mechanical Engineering student, advocates for graduate student funding in Washington, D.C.

From left: Katelyn DiBenedetto (Anthropology), Maria Ramos Gonzalez (Mechanical Engineering), Daniel Mast (Chemistry and Biochemistry), Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, Jeff Eggleston (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), and Valarie Burke (Sociology). 

Jan. 25, 2018

Five UNLV graduate students (Valarie Burke, Katelyn DiBenedetto, Jeff Eggleston, Daniel Mast, and Maria Ramos Gonzalez) traveled to Washington, D.C. early this year to thank elected officials for their support on the tax reform bill and to advocate for graduate student funding.

They met with Congressman Mark Amodei’s staff, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto and a staff member, Senator Dean Heller’s staff, Representative Ruben Kihuen’s staff, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen’s staff, and representatives from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

“I think that they were productive conversations. They all took notes and very clearly listened to our concerns. They provided us with some insight into the discussions on the Hill. Several of the staff members were also going to reach out to certain committees and see if our concerns would be addressed in the Higher Education Act Reauthorization Bill,” said DiBenedetto. “And the conversation with Senator Catherine Cortez Masto was just awesome. Like all of us, she believes graduate education should be accessible to everyone and that it plays a central role for the continued growth of Las Vegas, Nevada, and the United States.”

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