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.

Membership 2024

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 2024 members include:

Morgan Knuesel (Year 1)
Andrew Neely (Year 2)
Carlton Smith (Year 2)
Katie Chang (Year 3)

Charles Lomba (Year 4)
Iris Ponce (Year 4)

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

Meetings, Minutes & Action Items

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2024 Meeting Dates
January 18, 2024
2023 Meeting Dates

January 9, February 13, May 1, June 5, August 7, September 9, October 4, November 7, December 6, 2023

2022 Meeting Dates

February 2, April 13, June 15, September 19, October 21, December 5, 2022

2021 Meeting Dates

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