BEST Leadership Team

The MSU BEST Leadership team reflects the institutional commitment to MSU Graduate students and their success. Deans, associate deans, program coordinators, and faculty leaders have all committed their time and effort to ensure that BEST Trainees have a rich and useful experience during their graduate education, to build a foundation for their future career success.

Meet The Leadership Team

Name Department
Karen Klomparens
Karen Klomparens (co-PI) Senior Advisor to Provost, Plant Biology
Manooch Koochesfahani
Manooch Koochesfahani (co-PI) Asssociate Dean for Graduate Studies, College of Engineering Professor, Engineering
John LaPres (co-PI) Director, BMS Gateway Program Professor, Biochemistry
Julia McAnallen
Julia McAnallen (co-PI) Director of Graduate Career Services
Rich Schwartz
Richard Schwartz (co-PI) Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, College of Natural Science Professor, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Stephanie W. Watts
Stephanie W. Watts (PI) Assistant, MSU Graduate School Professor, Pharmacology and Toxicology
Katy Luchini Colbry
Katy Luchini Colbry Director of Graduate Initiatives, College of Engineering
Kevin Ford (Evaluator) Professor, Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Julie Rojewski BEST Program Manager, MSU Graduate School