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 (September)
  • End of Year Celebration (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 2021-2022

All positions are for one academic year with elections occurring each Summer. Co-chairs are rising second-year graduate students selected by the outgoing officers.

There are also volunteer and appointed positions available such as Social Chairs, Prospective Student Chairs, EnviroDay Chairs, and Dr. Doughnuts.

Name Position Email
Kelsey Huelsman Co-President ksh5s
Angelique Demetillo Co-President mgd7uv
Michael Cornish Treasurer mrc8bn
Libby Bieri Secretary erb2be
Tyler Barnes GSA Rep. teb5g
Alie Lepp GSA Rep. apl2jt
Kylor Kerns GSAS Rep. kk2kq
Kayleigh Granville Dept. DEI Rep. keg8fb
Marion McKenzie Dept. DEI Rep. mm8dt
Jemima Elsherbini Dept. Sustainability Rep. je6ug
Madeline Miles Social Chair mam4qv
TBD EnviroDay Chair  
TBD Prospective Week Chair  
TBD Interview Chair(s)  
David Crowe Webmaster dac8ba