Alyssa is a fulltime, third year student in the HALE PhD program. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature with double minors in Philosophy and Women & Gender Studies from the State University of New York at Geneseo, and a master’s degree in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Affairs Administration from the University at Buffalo. Prior to attending MSU, Alyssa worked as an International Admissions Staff Member at her alma mater. Alyssa also has experience in domestic admissions, residence life, community engagement, and leadership development. Currently, Alyssa holds a graduate assistantship within the Educational Administration Department (EAD). Through her assistantship, Alyssa works on outreach, recruitment, and event planning for current and prospective PhD students. Alyssa’s research interests broadly include: gender, noncognitive factors of admissions, and college access.