School Executives are the primary liaisons between the graduate student body and the GSS Executive Committee. With their school's senators, they are responsible for representing the interests and needs of hundreds of graduate students at the University and are expected to maintain a regular dialogue with their school's administration on issues facing those graduate students. They span all departments granting graduate degrees within the School of Graduate Studies, and include the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Engineering, School of Medicine, and a number of Professional Schools at the University which also have graduate degrees conferred by the School of Graduate Studies. School Executives ensure that every graduate department in their school is represented by at least one senator and School Executives are in regular contact with their senators to gauge the well-being of graduate students within their school. School Executives sit on the GSS Executive Committee and are voting members of the Graduate Student Senate (GSS).
Every department granting a graduate degree conferred by the School of Graduate Studies is afforded one Senator. Being a senator is a very important responsibility. While some senators can represent as few as 5-10 graduate students, others may represent as many as 50 or 100. Senators represent the interests of one department alone and are the primary liaison between their department and the Graduate Student Senate (GSS). The process by which Senators are appointed is variable and at the sole discretion of the department being represented. Departments can have alternate Senators who serve in the absence of their primary Senator. Primary Senators are also voting members of the Graduate Student Senate (GSS).
Biosketch:I am a fourth year doctoral student in the department of Sociology. I have earned two Masters degrees, one in Statistics and one in Gerontology. My research interests revolve around health disparities in later life. Employing cumulative dis/advantage theory, my current research projects examine the contribution of educational and spiritual resources to differential health status in later life. I became involved in GSS as a graduate student senator in 2012 and also joined the professional development committee in the same year. I have been serving as the school executive for the College of Arts and Sciences since spring 2013. In addition to my involvement in GSS, I have also been serving as a student associate at the University Center on Aging and Health and Palliative Care Education and Research Leadership (PEARL) group for the past 2 years.
Statement of Purpose: As a member of professional development committee, I have assisted in the planning and organization of events. I have collaborated with the College of Art and Sciences to organize the breakfast with the deans. Through my association with GSS and the interactions with my senators, I have become aware of several issues facing graduate students. I would like to work on some of those issues in the next year. With the help of GSS, I would advocate for and work on the following issues:
Senators Representing Arts & Sciences:
|Arts & Humanities|
|Art History & Art||Samantha Reveley
|Modern Languages & Literatures||Karyn Newton
|Theater & Dance||Karina Browne|
|Math & Natural Sciences|
|Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences
|Cognitive Science||Sebastian Rimehaug|
|Sociology||Tirth Bhatta||Maggie Waltz|
Biosketch: I am a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering.† My research project works towards developing rehabilitative devices that restore lost arm function in individuals with paralysis due to injury or disease. ¬†Alongside research, I have been involved in graduate student organizations since I started my program in the Fall of 2008.¬† I served in the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Student Association for my first 3 years; my final year as president.¬† After that, I became interested in becoming more involved in progressing initiatives that target the entire graduate student population.¬† I was happy to serve as the Activities Chair for GSS in the 2012-13 academic year to support the efforts of fellow GSS members and, of course, provide opportunities to bring the graduate students together for the fun we deserve!¬† Off campus I keep myself busy with tutoring high school kids in math and science; physical activities like running, touch football, and yoga; and exploring the culture and scenery that Cleveland has to offer.
Statement of Purpose: I would like to continue to serve on the executive board to help define and make progress in their initiatives.¬† In the past year, we had a great deal of discussion about ways of increasing senator involvement in choosing and executing GSS activities.¬† I would like to spend the year helping increase senator involvement from the School of Engineering and ensure that the Chairs of GSS have support for their endeavors.¬†¬†
Senators Representing School of Engineering:
|Biomedical Engineering||Rebecca Schur|
|Chemical Engineering||Omar Gonzalez Pena||G. Frank Mongelli|
|Civil Engineering||Hao Yu|
|Electrical Engineering & Computer Science||Brendan Mulcahy, Madison Kretzler|
|Macromolecular Science & Engineering||Brylee Tiu
|Materials Science & Engineering||Matthew Dahar|
|Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering||Mostafa Motavalli|
|TIME (The Institute for Mgmt. & Eng.)||Matthias Ellegiers|
Biosketch: My goal as the SoM executive is to uphold the traditionally high level of participation of SoM graduate students in GSS activities. I would also like to strengthen the relations between SoM students and those of other schools at CWRU.
Senators Representing Biomedical Sciences:
|Anesthesiologist Assistant||Roxana Crivineanu|
|Biochemistry||Courtney Niland||Callie Merry|
|Bioethics||Alexandra Junewicz||Nido Guljon|
|Biomedical Sciences Training Program (BSTP)||Caroline Farrington|
|Clinical Research Scholars||
|Epidemiology & Biostatistics||Haley Gittleman||Rebecca Carter|
|Genetics||Andrea Cohen||Lana Pollock|
|Molecular Biology & Microbiology||Yotam Blech-Hermoni|
|Molecular Medicine||David Mosinski||Tiffany Sturey|
|Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)||Sirui Jiang||Leo Kim|
|Neurosciences||Taylor Jay||Jim Sears|
|Nutrition (M.S. Clinical Nutrition)||Belinda Tolsma||Brigid Titgemeier|
|Nutrition (Ph.D.)||Amanda Scelsi|
|Physiology & Biophysics||Amrita Samanta|
|Systems Biology and Informatics||Lindsay Stetson|
Biosketch: I am a first year PhD student at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. My research interest is in aging, particularly focusing on spirituality, caregiving and quality of life. I have been GSS senator and professional program executive member for a year now. Apart from being a graduate student and being involved with GSS, I am also a board member of a non-profit organization called Nepali Akash, whose main mission is to promote education to poverty stricken and rural parts of Nepal. I enjoy learning new things, helping people, and dancing.
Statement of Purpose: As a professional program executive, I am planning to encourage more involvement from professional programs senators though social programs such as breakfast or dinner and working on common problems such as conference travel funding, security or parking issues.
Senators Representing the Professional Programs:
|Designing Sustainable Systems||TBA
|Organizational Behavior||Chantal Van Esch|
|Social Welfare (Ph.D. in MSASS)||Leon Harris|
|Masters in Public Health||Zoe Gordan|
|Nursing (Ph.D.)||Nirmala Lekhak|
|Social Work||Jazmin Long|
|Design and Innovation||Lee Zickel|