What I Believe And Support

A fearless grad is someone who chooses to go to graduate school on their terms.

They know they have more to offer the world than their current role.

They know why the PhD serves their life goals and are willing to commit 100%.

A fearless grad knows they bring value to the university, not the other way around.

They are NOT willing to take on massive debt for a fancy degree. Instead, a fearless grad chooses to be intentional about their grad program and resourceful in funding.

A fearless grad is free from self-doubt, sabotage and “I cant’s”.

They know they are capable of changing the world and can’t wait to learn and grow during their PhD to become leaders and changemakers.

Meet Natalie

Natalie is the founder of the Fearless Grad program and has her PhD from Cornell University in Environmental Engineering. While at Cornell University Natalie was awarded a highly competitive fellowship through the National Science Foundation. She also secured funding for a collaborative research travel grant in Melbourne, Australia. Natalie holds her M.S. from North Carolina State University where she again secured full funding. During her undergrad at Michigan State University, she received individual scholarships each year.


To say that Natalie loves to learn would be an understatement. The chance to exchange ideas and learn from everyone around her is a motivating force for all that she does. She is passionate about helping women and people from underrepresented groups achieve success and has mentored countless people in this arena.


Natalie works as a data scientist at a tech startup. She works tirelessly to provide value to her organization and bring in fresh new ideas. Most of her colleagues remark on her enthusiasm and candor.


She lives in South Carolina with her husband and two children (not shown is the chocolate lab).

Meet Mckenzi

Mckenzi is a PhD candidate and Teaching Assistant in Miami University’s English department, concentrating in Composition and Rhetoric. She also holds an MA in Public Policy from Xavier University and an MA in English from the University of Dayton. Mckenzi was a fearless grad who secured full PhD funding, and now helps other people just like herself reach their higher potential.

When she’s not training fearless grads, she sings professionally across Cincinnati, OH and loves to hike with her Siberian Husky.

Meet Oluchi

I'm Oluchi Obinegbo, a Stanford University Ph.D. student in Civil Engineering and an American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fellow. I migrated to the United States from Nigeria in 2016, and I have a Master of Engineering (M.Eng) Degree in Civil Engineering. I have also worked as an Environmental Consultant for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. I went through the nerve-racking process of applying to grad school, just like you reading this, and thankfully unlocked the hacks, and I now love talking to and assisting people through the application process. In my leisure time, I enjoy baking and reading novels.