Ambassadors Program


Our Graduate Recruitment Ambassadors are assigned a specific region, but feel free to reach out to any Ambassador you'd like to connect with! 
Sign up to chat with an Ambassador: Ambassador Office Hours

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Jim Wu

  Jim Wu - Regions: Far West (WA, OR, NV, CA, HI, AK), Southwest (AZ, NM, OK, TX).  Email:

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Diana Valverde Mendez

  Diana Valverde Mendez - Regions: Far West (WA, OR, NV, CA, HI, AK), New England (ME, NH, VT, CT, RI, MA).

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Justin (Gage) DeZoort

  Justin (Gage) DeZoort - Region: Southeast (WV, VA, KY, AR, TN, NC, LA, MS, AL, GA, SC, FL, PR). Email:
Regional Affiliation: Gage grew up in Alabama and was an undergrad at the University of Virginia.
Office HoursIf you’d like to chat, please sign up for a 15-minute time slot here.
Gage's bio: I’m a third-year PhD student working in experimental particle physics. Most of my research pertains to CERN’s Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector, and I’m specifically interested in using machine learning and modern computational techniques to search for particles and improve particle tracking. Outside of physics, I love to play guitar (mostly in progressive metal spheres), read, run, and train for calisthenics.

  Suren Gourapura - Region(s): Great Lakes (WI, MI, IL, IN, OH). Email: 
Regional Affiliation: Undergrad at Ohio State University
Suren's bioHi! I’m a second-year graduate student working on experimental cosmology in Bill Jones’ group. In undergrad, I worked on neutrino astrophysics, machine learning techniques, and applying them to evolve antennas for radio frequency neutrino detectors. When applying to grad school, I was looking for anything from continuing neutrino astrophysics, to dark matter, to computational GR. In my free time, I like road biking, cooking, gaming, and powerlifting. If you have questions about my experiences or anything else, please feel free to ask me questions via email!

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Junyi Zhang

  Junyi Zhang - Region: Southwest (AZ, NM, OK, TX). Email:

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Hichem Bouchamaoui

  Hichem Bouchamaoui - Region: New England (ME, NH, VT, CT, RI, MA). Email:
Regional Affiliation: Undergrad at Boston University


Benjamin Weiner

  Ben Weiner - Regions: Plains (ND, MN, SD, NE, IA, KS, MO), Mideast (NY, PA, NJ, DE, MD, DC). Email: 
Regional Affiliation: NJ resident for 4 years
Comments: I’m a 5th-year grad student working on theoretical biophysics with Prof. Ned Wingreen. As a first-gen college student with lots of different interests, my decision to do a Physics Ph.D. wasn't easy. That's why I'm eager to help current undergrads navigate the process and find out what grad school is all about! Outside of work I love fiction, live music, and trips to the beach.

Ben Spar

Benjamin Spar

  Ben Spar - Region: Rocky Mountain (MT, ID, WY, UT, CO). Email:

Bennett Greenberg

Bennett Greenberg

  Bennett Greenberg - Region: Mideast (NY, PA, NJ, DE, MD, DC). Email:
Regional Affiliation: Undergrad at Rutgers University



  • Far West (WA, OR, NV, CA, HI, AK). Ambassadors: Jim Wu, Diana Valverde Mendez
  • Rocky Mountain (MT, ID, WY, UT, CO). Ambassador: Ben Spar
  • Southwest (AZ, NM, OK, TX). Ambassadors: Junyi Zhang, Jim Wu
  • Plains (ND, MN, SD, NE, IA, KS, MO). Ambassador: Ben Weiner
  • Great Lakes (WI, MI, IL, IN, OH). Ambassador: Suren Gourapura
  • Southeast (WV, VA, KY, AR, TN, NC, LA, MS, AL, GA, SC, FL, PR). Ambassador: Gage DeZoort
  • Mideast (NY, PA, NJ, DE, MD, DC). Ambassadors: Ben Weiner, Bennett Greenberg
  • New England (ME, NH, VT, CT, RI, MA). Ambassadors: Hichem Bouchamaoui, Diana Valverde Mende

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