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Graduate Representatives

The following groups include your Integrative Biology Graduate Student representatives to departmental, college, and university committees. Your representatives are the people you should contact if you wish to see changes effected in policies or programs administered by their respective committees.

Graduate Affairs Committee 

The graduate affairs committee reviews all applications for admission to the Department of Integrative Biology Department and makes recommendations for admissions to the department chair. This committee also periodically reviews departmental policy regarding academic requirements for graduate students and makes recommendations for policy changes to the Integrative Biology faculty, who vote on these recommendations.

Curriculum Committee 

This committee monitors undergraduate programs and course requirements for the Zoology major. This committee also periodically reviews departmental policy regarding academic requirements for undergraduate students and makes recommendations for policy changes to the Integrative Biology faculty, who vote on these recommendations.

Department Meetings 

The Integrative Biology Department usually meets from 3-5 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month during the academic year to deal with departmental business. The grad rep attends these meetings to share graduate student perspectives with the faculty and to learn about significant developments of interest to the other grad students in the Department.

Dean’s Student Advisory Council

This council advises the dean of the College of Natural Science, Dr. James Kirkpatrick, about policy decisions at the college level.

MSU Council of Graduate Students

The Council of Graduate Students (COGS) meets monthly to discuss policy decisions affecting all grad students within the university.

GEU Steward 

This individual serves as departmental liaison to the Graduate Employees Union (GEU). The steward communicates union news to the current TAs in Integrative Biology, communicates the concerns of Integrative Biology TAs to the GEU, and participates in GEU policy decisions. A graduate student must currently be appointed as a Teaching Assistant in Zoology to serve as Steward.

Graduate Student Representatives

Ashoka Bandla portrait

Ashoka Bandla
Graduate Affairs Committee
 

Acacia Ackles Portrait

Acacia Ackles
Curriculum Committee
 

Portrait of Connie Rojas

Connie Rojas
Department Meetings Representative
 

Portrait of Alex Wright

Alex Wright
CNS Dean's Student Advisory Council Representative
 

Miranda Wade standing among plants.

Miranda Wade
GEU Steward Representative
 

Mauricio Losilla-Lacayo Portrait

Mauricio Losilla-Lacayo
GEU Steward Representative
 

Sara Hugentobler sitting with flowers behind her.

Sara Hugentobler
MSU Council of Graduate Students Representative

Julie Jarvey with a primate behind her in the distance.

Julie Jarvey
IBIO Seminar Committee