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Graduate Representatives

Graduate representatives facilitate communication between the faculty and the graduate students. They attend the faculty meetings and pass along any news to their peers. Graduate students can also anonymously share their thoughts and concerns with the representatives who can then raise the matter with the chair, while keeping the individual’s identity concealed. Additionally, the representatives serve for the department at the Graduate Student Council. Lastly, they arrange conference travel and accommodations, organize the orientation for new students, and plan extracurricular activities.

Fall 2020 Reps:

“Grad school can be difficult to navigate, but I think that as graduate students we can help support and encourage one another through the difficulties. I decided to run for grad rep because I want to support and encourage newer students and to help our department become even stronger. I hope to focus on regular communication, social opportunities, and providing links to helpful resources from the department, college, university, and other organizations.”

Leandra Merz


“I hope to promote communication between the grads. When we’re on campus, we tend to associate with the folks in the same lab. While our opportunities to socialize in person are limited, I’m hoping to put together outdoor events for the grads.”

Bailey Glover