Graduate Student Advisory Committee (GSAC)

About GSAC

The Graduate Student Advisory Committee serves as a point of communication between the graduate students and the administration of the department. The committee advises the Chair, the DGS, and other faculty on matters related to graduate students and the graduate program, including (but not limited to) helping plan and organize annually scheduled departmental events. The committee members also advocate on behalf of graduate students with the Chair and DGS.

Committee members meet with the Chair and DGS once a month. The committee also meets internally once a month while regularly soliciting feedback from other students in their cohorts.


Committee members are appointed for one calendar year. The composition of the committee includes at least one representative from each cohort, with a primary goal of representing inclusive and diverse sets of interests. At the end of the fall semester students are asked to submit nominations for the following calendar year. We will have elections in the case that there are numerous nominations.  The Chair in consultation with the DGS and the graduate program team appoints the committee. The 2021 members include:

Caitie Beattie (Year 4)
Hannah Bossi (Year 4)
Sumita Ghosh (Year 6)
Emily Kuhn (Year 6)
Aniket Maiti (Year 4)
Samantha Pagan (Year 3)
Iris Ponce (Year 2)
Joseph Shomar (Year 3)
Arina Telles (Year 3)
Sohan Vartak (Year 6)

Bonnie Fleming (DGS, co-chair)
Karsten Heeger (Chair, co-chair)
Rona Ramos (Faculty)
Stacey Watts (Graduate Registrar)

Meetings, Minutes & Action Items

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December 10, 2021
November 19, 2021
September 27, 2021
September 14, 2021
July 16, 2021
May 7, 2021
March 30, 2021
February 25, 2021
February 16, 2021

2020 Meeting Dates

January 21,  April 6,  May 11,  June 8,  June 17,   July 6,  July 20,  August 6,   September 11,   October 13,  November 24,  December 17, 2020