We're announcing the first group of Microsoft Student Ambassadors for US universities next school year. A full list is below - each individual who was nominated will get an email directly by the end of today with more details. For those not selected in this round, we will let you know if you are being considered for the next round.

The Lead Student Ambassadors, a subset of the group who will be actively involved in helping us manage, refine, and build the program next year, are listed at the bottom of this mail.

Remember the MSA program for next academic year starts off in September - those selected will have opportunities for technical training during the summer so you can start off the year knowing everything you need to know about Visual Studio, SQL Server, .NET, and the rest. Just keep an eye out for the mail with follow on steps!

To everyone who was nominated, selected or not, we'd like to thank you for your interest in the program.

To anyone still interested in becoming a US Student Ambassador, there are more opportunities to become one! We will post news on this blog about how to get nominated for the next round, which will take place over the summer with selectees announced in August. Keep in mind we will consider up to TWO MSA's on many campuses, so if you already see a name next to your school, there may still be an opportunity to get involved. We are looking for skilled students in a wide range of technical majors, from CS and CE through MIS and IT (even Business, if you've got some great coding skills). You just need a passion for developer technology and for sharing it with others!

The MSA Web site will be updated with this shortly, and for next year we're looking at some great changes so everyone interested in the program (alumni, friends, whatever) can get involved and see what's going on.

On with the list!

2005-2006 Microsoft Student Ambassasdors (Those selected to date)
Dave Copeland Baker College of Flint
Micheal Pettibone Baylor University
Michael Schuler Boston College
Douglas Koester Bowling Green State University
Kurt Kirkham Brigham Young University
Ryan Farmer California Institute of Technology
Peter  McRae CalPoly - SLO
Steven Luu CalPoly - Pomona
Robert Strazzarino California State University-Chico
Michael  Galloway California State University-Fresno
Peter Fortuna California State University-Fresno
James Cook California State University-Long Beach
Andrew Weng California State University-Los Angeles
Emil Mesropian California State University-Los Angeles
Brent Lamb California State University-Montrey Bay
Karapet Aslanyan California State University-Northridge
Chris Balassanian California State University-Northridge
Robert Klayman Case Western Reserve University
Quinn Thomas Drexel University
Angel Gonzalez East Carolina University
Jeffrey Arrington East Tennessee State University
Nathan Neitzke Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Nikolay Semov Fairleigh Dickinson University
Inga Bemman Florida Atlantic University-Davie
Michael Seeber Grand Valley State University-Allendale
Matt Propst Grand Valley State University-Allendale
Paul Onakoya Howard University
Matt Bell Illinois State University
Samuel Puckhaber Illinois State University
Pamela Chadsey Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis
Adam Patridge Iowa State University
Ben Knear James Madison University
Brian Reed Marquette University
Melissa Stover Marshall University
Anthony Pappas Miami University-Oxford
Henry Balanon Michigan State University
Jeramey Jannene Milwaukee School of Engineering
Matthew Newman Minnesota State University-Mankato
Anthony Anzalone New York Institute of Technology
Daniel Lozovatsky Northeastern University
Chris Lambert Northeastern University
Anthony Nedolast Ohio State University
Scott Molloy Oregon State University
Kenneth Mann Pace University
Andrew Chernauskas Pennsylvania State University-Behrend College
Johan Johansson San Jose State University
Agnes Lui San Jose State University
Brad Nunnally Southern Illinois University
Gregor Hochmuth Stanford University
Shant Stepanian Stevens Institute of Technology
Avery Zycherman Suny at Binghamton
Ryan Hoffman Suny at Stony Brook
Richie von Rauchhaupt Suny at Stony Brook
Stephen Naimoli Suny Institute of Technology at Utica-Rome
Nathan Robinson Texas A&M University
Craig Beall The College of New Jersey
Faheem  Ibrahim University of Arkansas-Fayetteville
Kunal Kundaje University of California Los Angeles
Guillory Chris University of California Los Angeles
Jeff Lee University of California-San Diego
David Genetti University of Denver
Kelly Homnick University of Florida
Thuy Tran University of Houston
Darren Smith University of Houston
Frank Mitchell University of Idaho
Cole Grolmus University of Iowa
Brandon Barker University of Kentucky
Vishal Mody University of Missouri-Kansas City
Joseph Scheinberg University of North Texas
Kyle Abbott University of Oklahoma
Ravi Chugh University of Pennsylvania
Paul Sagona University of South Carolina
Nikita Polyakov University of South Florida
Justin Morris University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Andy Vanosdale University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Eric Jensen University of Utah
Meng Tan University of Virginia
Brian Ma University of Washington-Seattle
Bret Holstein University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Colin McCambridge University of Wisconsin-Madison
Brendan Weitzman Washington State University-Pullman
Jake Burkey Washington State University-Pullman
Mohammad Akbar Washington University
Nick Sinclair Western Michigan University
Chirjeev (CJ) Bedi Western Michigan University
Shauntelle Davis Xavier University

And the Lead Student Ambassadors for next year:
Peter Fattore Bradley University
Michael Olivero Florida International University
Phillip Katzman Hawaii Pacific University
David Smith Michigan State University
Hiva Javaher New Mexico State University
Xiao Wang Stanford University
Jeff Chen University of California-Berkeley
Kenny Weiss University of Maryland
Tony Valenti University of Nebraska at Omaha
Mahan Hajianpour University of Southern California
Andy Vanosdale University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Amanda Jensen University of Texas
Garrett Wu University of Washington-Seattle
Kevin Reck University of Wisconsin-Madison
Chris Stewart Virginia Commonwealth University

-Kevin, Tracy, and the crew on the US Academic Developer team at Microsoft