Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association hosts weekly department socials, graduate student activities, and an annual research symposium, EnviroDay. Funding for activities come from generous department support and faculty sponsorships, as well as dues from the students. A core group of officers is responsible for events with input and support from the graduate student body.

The GSA also manages updates to the graduate student handbook and runs an undergraduate research mentoring program to connect undergraduates interested in research with graduate students. A list of publications from current department graduate students is compiled twice a year to highlight research achievements.

Three large social functions are held each year:

  • Fall BBQ / Picnic (September)
  • End of Year Celebration / Holiday Party (December)
  • Spring Fling (April)


The GSA is a student run organization that aims to provide:

1. professional and personal support for existing graduate students,
2. events that build community among students and faculty,
3. information and guidance for incoming and new graduate students,
4. a voice for graduate students in the department and university, and
5. support, space, and outspoken solidarity with historically marginalized individuals in academia and the wider scientific research community.

Officers 2023-2024


Name Position Email
Carly LaRoche Co-President ckl6be
Kayleigh Granville Co-President keg8fb
Luke Groff GSA Rep. to Faculty hmq2xm
Jemima Elsherbini GSA Rep. to Faculty je6ug
Lauren Brideau Secretary ysd4wx
David Crowe Treasurer dac8ba
Ethan Kadiyala GSA Rep. to GSAS qkz8dd
Tyler Barnes GSA Rep. to GSAS teb5g
Kylor Kerns Dept. DEI Rep. kk2kq
Ariana Flournoy Dept. DEI Rep. mue2mg
VIdushi Sharma Dept. DEI Rep. knz2jn
Hanne Borstlap Social Chair tpv4jw
Mirella Shaban Social Chair qwe2qh
Paola Granados Social Chair xac4ke
Preston Thompson Social Chair pmt3z
Mirella Shaban BIPOC in EnviSci Chair qwe2qh
Jemima Elsherbini Staff Liaison je6ug
Willow Lovecky Outreach Coordinator wsl9ne
Heather Christensen Outreach Coordinator egs8er
Abby Ackerman Union Representative yah8tn