The Senate

The University of Tulsa Graduate Student Association Senate contains members pursuing 20 branches of study housed variously under the Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences, the Collins College of Business, the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences, and the Oxley College of Health Sciences.


Michael Buonaiuto


Pamela Miller

I am a PhD student in the Anthropology Department.  My main research interests lie in the Paleolithic archaeology and the study of usewear on lithic artifacts.  I received my BA in Anthropology with a focus in Archaeology from Northern Arizona University and an MA in Experimental Archaeology from the University of Exeter.  In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, and playing video games.

Katie Williams

Katie Williams is in the final year of her dissertation at the University of Tulsa. Her research examines how humans use coalescence to adapt to external risk or stress. Katie uses dental microwear analysis of large mammal teeth as a paleo-dietary proxy to reconstruct past environments. Further, she examines archaeological material remains and historical documents to show social interaction. Specifically, she is examining how the Muscogee Creek people used political and cultural alliance to adapt to a rapidly changing social and biophysical environment in the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries.


Sam Walton


Bettina Walker
Bettina Marie Walker is a student and the Graduate Student Association Senator for the Biological Sciences Department at the University of Tulsa. She graduated PreMed from Chicago State University after attending both the University of Illinois at Chicago and DePaul University. She has a master’s of science in Executive Leadership from Champlain University. She is a writer, poet, artist, and photographer who studied Writing and Communications, Media Arts and Theatre at Chicago State University as well as abroad in France and Ghana. Bettina has performed at the PanaFest in Accra, Ghana.
Bettina is the media Secretary, and a member of the poets and writers group called FLOW (for the love of writing)and has performed throughout the Chicagoland area. Her work has been published both nationwide and internationally. Her poem “R Taylor’s Project girl was published as a collective for the anthology “Revise the Psalm” which was on the New York Times list of books to read. She has also been published on Poetry Foundation’s website.with the poem “Chastened Brown” and an article with Booklist which is a part of their blog. Bettina also has two poems published on Soul-Lit, “Adulteress Anomia” and Brainwashed”. Her most recent publication is a poem with the Journal Obsidian called “Titi’s Juju. She has recently become a member of the poetry group RAW with the University of Tulsa.


Ashley Kiser

Jordan Mitchell


James Sharp

Aleina Sharp


Justin Stancil

I am currently pursuing an MS in Mechanical Engineering. I received my undergraduate degree here at the University of Tulsa. I’m originally from Denver, Colorado, and I am an ultimate frisbee enthusiast. I am excited to be a part of GSA, where I can be involved with interdepartmental coordination.


Indreesh Badrinarayanan

I am a PhD candidate in the Chemical Engineering department. In my leisure, I like watching movies, playing chess, reading books, listening to music and traveling. I am excited to be a part of the GSA team again and get to know graduate students from various departments.

Evan Gietzen

I am in my second year of pursuing an MS in Chemical Engineering. I received a BS in Chemical Engineering from TU in 2017. My research is in the erosion and corrosion of pipelines, and when I am not working on that or going to class, I enjoy watching movies, reading, and spending quality time with my friends and family.


Carter Ebrey


Ahmed Aql

I am a second year Ph.D. student in Petroleum Engineering researching fluid flow behavior in pipelines. I have enjoyed few GSA events since I joined TU at the beginning of 2018. I am very happy to serve as a PE senator! Whenever I’m not working in the north campus or having classes elsewhere, I am usually at the park feeding my preferred ducks or at home watching Netflex. I enjoy reading for Daniel Yergin and Dale Carnegie, amongst others. I also love bowling, this is an important part of my weekends!


Ganga Raj Neupane


Bethany Csomay

Allen Jenkins





Emily Caselman

Troy Culverwell


Caitlin Paquet

Jack Stimson

I am a first year Ph.D. student in the Clinical Psychology Department. My main research interests are in athletes and resilience/trauma as it relates to at-risk populations. I received my BS in Psychology from the University of Washington and am originally from Chicago (Go Cubs and deep dish pizza is the only pizza). In my free time I enjoy sleeping, outdoor activities, and watching scary movies.


Leah Tecle

Leah Tecle is from the Tulsa, Oklahoma area. She graduated from Rogers State University with a bachelors in psychology in 2015. She received her Master’s in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Tulsa in 2017 where she is currently working on her Ph.D. in the same discipline. Her dissertation will explore different ways of conceptualizing employee-organizational value congruence and employee performance outcomes.  In her spare time, Leah enjoys looking around thrift shops and eating breakfast food – not at the same time.


Gabrielle (Willis) Cozart

Hi, my name is Gabby Cozart! I grew up in Fayetteville, Arkansas. I graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 2018 with a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Interdisciplinary Studies. Now, I am studying speech-language pathology at the University of Tulsa, and my research efforts aim to support people who stutter.