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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. 

Research Symposium
LOR/SPS Research Symposium, September 2023
Eva Takou
Eva Takou presents research, March 2023
20th Anniversary
LOR 20th Anniversary Potluck, November 2022
Women's History Month
Prof. Mark Pitt and Dean Kevin Pitts lead discussion on Women's History Month, March 2023
Eleni Ziu
Eleni Ziu presents poster at CuWiP 2023 in Princeton, NJ

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. Graduate students with a first-author publication and undergraduates who have co-authored a paper are also eligible for this award. 

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 (

CuWiP 2017