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Ladies of Robeson

Dean Sally Morton
Conversation on women in science with Dean Sally Morton, College of Science, 2019.

Founded in 2002, the Ladies of Robeson (LOR) is a social network of our female students, faculty, and staff.  The group supports incoming female students by removing barriers between faculty and students and creates close interactions between undergraduate and graduate female students. 

Barber Discussion
CUWiP 2017
Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP), 2017
Sara Gamble talk
Talk with Dr. Sara Gamble (Army Research Labs), 2018
Summer picnic
LOR summer picnic, 2019

LOR at Gobblerfest, Spring 2020

Gobblerfest Spring 2020
LOR at GobblerFest, Spring 2020
Dean Sally Morton
LOR summer picnic, 2019
LOR trivia
LOR Right to Vote

The LOR award was established in 2019 through a gift by alumna Dr. Annalisa Pawlosky and Google.  Dr. Pawlosky, a former active member of LOR, received her Bachelor of Science in Physics from Virginia Tech in 2006 and her PhD from MIT in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology program in 2014. She was a Stanford Molecular Imaging Scholar postdoctoral fellow. Currently at Google, she is the founder and principal investigator for the accelerated science biochemistry and molecular biology laboratory.  

Each year, two awards are given- one to a female undergraduate student who will pursue a graduate program, and one to a female graduate student who will pursue a post-doctoral position, outside of Virginia Tech.

Prof. Giti Khodaparast with Dr. Shadi Esmaeili and Kaila Nathaniel at the 2019 Departmental Awards Ceremony
LOR Award Recipients 2020
LOR Award recipients Ada Morral (left) and Gabi Gagliano (right), with Prof. Giti Khodaparast and graduate student Rathsara Herath. Not pictured: Lacey Wright
LOR Award 2021
Prof. Giti Khodaparast with the 2021 recipients of the Ladies of Robeson Award. The Departmental Awards Ceremony was held live via Zoom on April 22.

Women and allies affiliated with the Department of Physics are welcome at any meeting or special event. Future meetings will be posted under “Upcoming Events”.

If you have ideas for meeting topics or group activities, please contact Prof. Giti Khodaparast (

LOR Remembers RBG