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 2020 members include:

Bonnie Fleming (DGS, co-chair)
Karsten Heeger (Chair, co-chair)
Rona Ramos (Faculty)
Stacey Watts (Graduate Registrar)
Sanah Bhimani (Year 2)
Samantha Pagan (Year 2)
Joseph Shomar (Year 2)
Hannah Bossi (Year 3)
Aniket Maiti (Year 3)
Sheridan Green (Year 4)
Ako Jamil (Year 4)
Lauren Saunders (Year 4)
Kelly Backes (Year 5)
Sumita Ghosh (Year 5)
Emily Kuhn (Year 5)
Sohan Vartak (Year 5)
Ryan Petersburg (Year 6)

Meetings, Minutes & Action Items

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August 6, 2020
July 20, 2020
July 6, 2020
June 17, 2020
June 8, 2020
May 11, 2020
April 6, 2020
Jan 21, 2020