Portraits of Success: Meet Ny Riavo Voarintsoa, from Madagascar

By Hugo Alexander Morán Chávez| October 17, 2017

Portraits of Success: International Students’ Path to College, Graduate School, and Beyond.

The University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens GA of the United States of America is home to students from all over the world, including Madagascar. From Antananarivo, the capital city of Madagascar, Ny Riavo Voarintsoa (aka Voary) just earned her Ph.D. in Geology from the Department of Geology of UGA, and she is now a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Fredy & Nadine Herrmann Institute of Earth Sciences at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

Voary has an outstanding career of success and awards. From being a visiting scholar at the Department of Geosciences at Williams College, in Williamstown, Massachusetts (USA) to being a doctor in Geology, awarded to her by the Department of Geology at UGA. Below is a highlight of some of the many awards Voary received, showing how successful international students at UGA are. Voary:

  • Received the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award in 2014
  • Participated in the Future Faculty Program at UGA in 2014-2015 organized by the Center for Teaching and Learning at UGA
  • Awarded the Faculty for the Future Fellowship Award by the Schlumberger Foundation, two years in a row for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years
  • Won the National John Montagne Award by the Geological Society of America in 2016
  • Selected to received a research grant from the International Association of Sedimentologists in 2016
  • Received several small grants to fund her travels to present and share her research findings to national and international conferences
  • Received the Outstanding Ph.D. student of the Year (2016–2017) from the Department of Geology at UGA

As one of the dreams of international students is to give back to their native countries and help future generations, Voary is also contributing. During the interview and email communication with her, Voary mentions that she gives back to her home country by organizing short-term workshops at her home Department, volunteering, mentoring/co-advising Malagasy students, and writing research proposals to continue her research in Madagascar.

 DSC_2850Voary giving a workshop lecture at her home Department of Geology of the University of Antananarivo, in Madagascar in August, 2017

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