Graduate Fellows

Courtney Kurinec

Courtney Kurinec (2016)

Psychology and Neuroscience

Courtney Kurinec is a doctoral student in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, where she studies how implicit biases influence juror decision-making. She has served as a TA for a variety of courses, including PSY 2402 (Statistics), PSY 2405 (Research Methods), and PSY/NSC 3111 (Laboratory in Cognition). As a child in a military family and having previously worked for the federal government, Courtney has lived all over the southeastern United States. Although she appreciates Texas’s history, diversity, and natural beauty, she hopes to one day move somewhere with slightly lower temperatures.

Xing Meng

Xing Meng (2018)

Statistical Science

Xing Meng is a doctoral student in the Department of Statistical Science. She received the B.S. degree in Chemistry from Lanzhou University in China, the M.A. degree in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary, and the M.S. degree in Statistics from Baylor University. She enjoys exploring the world of math and big data and hopes one day to become a data scientist. With a passion to serve Baylor college students, Xing has worked as a teaching assistant and a tutor for many statistics classes at Baylor University. As a fanatic for sports, traveling, and painting, she finds Texas the right place for her with its great diversity and breathtaking outdoors.

Victoria Neises

Tori Neises (2018)


Tori Neises is a PhD candidate in the Department of Biology. She completed her undergraduate degree at San Diego State University and received her master’s from Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage, Alaska. In 2014, Tori left her work as a Science Analyst at the National Science Foundation to move to Waco and join the Laboratory of Ecological and Adaptational Physiology here at Baylor. While in her PhD program, Tori has taught over 20 biology labs, the majority of which are Anatomy and Physiology for Pre-Nursing majors. She was nominated for the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award in Spring 2016, and is involved with the Present Your PhD, Biology CMHD/EEO Graduate Student Society (CEGSS), and the Women in the Academy Mentorship Programs on campus. In her time away from Baylor, Tori enjoys kicking back and making memories with her husband, daughter, and their two puppies.

Hannah Norman

Hannah Norman (2018)

Political Science

Hannah is pursuing a master's degree in Public Policy and Administration in the Political Science department. She received her B.A. in mathematics in 2017 from Hillsdale College. Excited about teaching and education, Hannah has tutored undergraduate students at Baylor in Political Science courses and serves as a teaching assistant in the department. She is interested in constitutional law, political theory, and politics and literature.

Felicia Osburn

Felicia Osburn (2018)


Felicia Osburn is a current PhD student in the Department of Biology. An Oklahoma native, she earned her B.S. in Biology from the University of Central Oklahoma and her M.S. in Integrative Biology from Oklahoma State University. Her research focuses specifically on lakes and what influence different nutrients have on the phytoplankton which inhabit them. She is a TA for Introductory Biology labs here at Baylor, and enjoys helping students become interested in both research and learning. When she isn’t busy with teaching or research, her favorite activities include camping, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Christopher Ruiz

Christopher Ruiz (2017)

Political Science

Christopher Ruiz is a doctoral student in the Department of Political Science. He received his B.A. in Political Science and M.A. in National Security Studies from California State University, San Bernardino. While at Baylor, Christopher hopes to develop a deeper understanding of East Asian politics and security, political philosophy, and international relations theory. In addition to his academic interests, he also likes corgis, coffee, and computer games.

Stephanie Wong

Stephanie Wong (2018)


Stephanie Wong is a doctoral student in the Department of Geosciences where she applies physical, geospatial, and chemical tools to understand flow and recharge in groundwater systems. During her time at Baylor, Stephanie has had opportunities to teach in the classroom, lab, and field for several lower and upper-level courses including hydrogeology (GEO4346) and introduction to geographic information systems (AVS/GEO/ENV4485). Growing up in the natural diversity of Canada and volunteering internationally have given Stephanie a passion for sustainable resource management, and she believes that effective communication of scientific ideas to non-expert audiences plays a key role - whether it is introducing the next class of Baylor students to aquifers and ArcGIS, explaining research results to resource managers in Texas, or teaching the hydrological cycle to elementary students in Africa. Outside of school, Stephanie loves good food shared with friends, exploring new places, and finding beauty through photography and music.