President: Molly Noah
I am a second year Master’s student in the Museum Science and Management Program. A native of Dallas, Texas, I received my undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of Tulsa. I am excited to serve as the President of the Graduate Student Association, and I am looking forward to a great year!
Vice-President: Leena Subhan Neyaz
Hey there, my name is Leena Neyaz a 4th year Ph.D. student in Biological Science, focusing on the molecular genetics of Staphylococcus aureus bacterium. I have a Master’s in Public Health with minor in Biomedical Informatics from Nova Southeastern University in FL & undergrad in Microbiology from Saudi Arabia. I am originally from Saudi Arabia, and I have been travelling around the world since I can remember ’cause meeting new people, making new friends, and exploring different cultures is my addiction. One main concept I always follow is: family comes first no matter what!!
Secretary: Emily Schumacher
Hi y’all, I’m Emily Schumacher (M.A., May 2016), a first year Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology with primary research interests in Historical and Military Archaeology, though I have a secondary interest in the evolution of stone tool technologies in the Near East. When not sequestered in Harwell Hall, I’m usually nerding out over Harry Potter, Supernatural, or the MCU–though I have been known to take a fitness class in Collins once in a blue moon. And I absolutely love being a part of GSA …if this being my third year (first as an officer) taking part in this organization is any clue.
Treasurer: Alison Kerr
Alison Kerr (Ali) is in her third year of her doctoral pursuit in Industrial-Organizational Psychology . Her research interests focus on training development and evaluation as explored across a variety of academic disciplines and organizational settings. When she is not at TU, she can be found playing outdoors or swimming at the pool.
Event Coordinator: Vaidheeshwar Ramasubramanian
Hi, this is Vaidheeshwar Ramasubramanian.I am a graduate student from the department of Chemical Engineering. I am from India, a country popularly known for its cultural diversity. Being an international student I like to interact with people from different cultural and traditional background. I was a senator last year in Graduate student association which provided me an opportunity to step up and take active participation in various GSA events. It was a really good experience and I explored a lot. Now I am really to be a part of GSA officer committee and looking forward for a memorable year with GSA.
Welcome from the President
Welcome to the GSA website, my name is Molly Noah and I have the honor of serving as the President of the Graduate Student Association for this school year. I would like to take a moment to welcome you on behalf of the graduate community and let you know a bit about Graduate Student Association.
Every graduate student is automatically part of the Graduate Student Association, so getting involved is a great way to meet people from different fields of study. As graduate students it is easy to get caught up in our own degree programs and research because of the highly focused nature of graduate work, which makes it difficult to meet people outside of our respective fields. Our degree programs may be varied, but we can all relate to feeling overwhelmed with classes, cursed with writer’s block when writing a major paper, thesis, or dissertation, and needing to break up the monotony of intensive study with a purely social event—that’s where Graduate Student Association can come in. Going to GSA events is great for when you need a study break, are interested in meeting people from different academic and cultural backgrounds, or need someone who understands the pressure you’re under.
Another way to get involved with GSA is by becoming a senator. Our senate includes several senators from each graduate department, so if you are interested, I encourage you to run. GSA funds various graduate organizations, such as the English Graduate Student Association, Graduate Students in Psychology, and Biology Grads, just to name a few. We also offer travel grants to those students who are presenting research at conferences; however, if a department does not have active senators, students in that department are not eligible to receive such funding, so it is important to have at least one senator from your department. As a senator, you have the potential to serve on various committees, some of which plan events or assist the Treasurer with allocating funds to organizations and students requesting travel grants. GSA also advocates for issues that graduate students may have, so being a senator allows you to be part of solutions to such issues. If you have any questions about becoming a senator, or even running for an executive office, please come by our table during the Campus Resource Fair later today.
With regard to events, GSA hosts a Welcome Back Party at the beginning of both the Fall and Spring semesters, which gives new and returning students a place to mingle as well as giving the entire graduate community a time to meet the executive officers for the academic year. We host luncheons and dinners for the different colleges, Graduate Student Appreciation Week in the Spring, and Graduation Banquets at the end of the Fall and Spring semesters. Check your email, like us on Facebook, or go to our website for more information on elections and events.
Once again, welcome to the graduate community at TU. We are excited to get to know you and hope you have a wonderful first year. Thank you.