LaRuth C. McAfee PhD '05
Graduate student, chemical engineering
30th Annual MLK Leadership Award
LaRuth C. McAfee PhD '05, a graduate student in chemical engineering, is treasurer of the Graduate Student Council and chair of its Funding Board. While serving as chair of the GSC's Orientation Committee, she put together a graduate student volunteer day which is now a regular part of orientation. She is co-chair of the Black Graduate Students Association and received a grant from the GSC Student Life program to encourage collaboration among student groups. In addition to her work on campus, McAfee tutors children in math and science on Saturday mornings in a Cambridge church. She was nominated by fellow student council member Emily Snyder, who wrote, "LaRuth exudes leadership qualities."