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STEM Ambassadors

The STEM Ambassador Program began in 2016 as a training program for a small cohort of University of Utah scientists. Since then, we have grown to work with over 170 graduate students, post-docs, faculty, staff, and undergraduate students. Scroll down to learn about the scientists who have participated. Contact us if you would like to reach out to a STEM Ambassador.

Note that many Ambassador bios were uploaded when the Ambassador joined the program and may not be current.

Dr. Dilupama Divaratne

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Dr. Dilupama Divaratne joined the department of PGET at Northern Kentucky University as the first faculty advisor in July 2019. Dr. Divaratne earned her bachelor’s degree in Physics and Mathematics from University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka. She completed her two master’s degrees in Material Science & Engineering and Condensed Matter Physics in 2006 and 2008, respectively. She did her PhD in Experimental Nuclear Physics at Ohio University, Athens, OH, and graduated in April 2014.

Dr. Divaratne was nominated to receive the 2017 Mallory-Wilson Faculty Recognition Award in outstanding dedication and commitment for undergraduate pre-health training at Miami University and nominated for the outstanding academic advisor 2021 for her commitment and outstanding work and leadership as the lead advisor for the department of PEGT.

She is currently chairing the social committee and the Women in Physics and Engineering Club (WIPE) at NKU. She is highly motivated in promoting more women and other underrepresented communities into STEM education and is interested in working as an ambassador for them.