GSA Officers

Comprehensive Officer Contact List

Executive Officers

Hannah PearceBioengineering
3rd year PhD
President

Represents the GSA both on and off campus; presides over all meetings of the Executive Board, Cabinet, and Council; Supports team’s goals (personal and professional); Manages team’s projects; Tracks GSA vision/goals; Attends administrative meetings; Graduate council representative; Runs Texas Graduate Coalition.

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Jessica Edry
Political Science
4th year PhD
Vice President of Student Advocacy

Maintains conversation with university administration and offices; Manages GSA/university committee members; Organizes committee check-ins and trainings; Attends monthly OISS meeting; Organizes Extravaganza; Monthly meeting with cultural group leaders; Club liaison to Culture Night; Training for council representatives relating to advocacy; Oversee International Student Outreach Director, Wellbeing Director, and Sustainability Director.

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Alison Farrish
Physics
4th year PhD
Vice President of Community Engagement

Coordinator for orientation, Beer Bike, and Valhallaween; Picnic planning; Oversees programming directors and community outreach director; Involved in Extravaganza

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Sean Bittner
Bioengineering
4th year PhD
Vice President of Finance

Manages receipts/reimbursement; Sets budget; Oversees grants and budget; Manages web resources and forms for funding; Analysis of PPF and other funding; Involved in Extravaganza.

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Joe Young
Electrical & Computer Engineering
5th year PhD
Vice President of Administration

Keeps and publishes minutes of all Executive Board, Cabinet, and Council meetings; Maintains GSA archives; Manages communication with association and its Council; Oversees Media Director and Graphic Design Director; Sets graduate communication vision; Manages various GSA calendars; Manages GSA Captains Lounge reservations; Maintains officer and reps list serv’s; Manages gsa[@]rice.edu email account.

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Thasneem Frousnoon
Chemistry
5th year PhD
Vice President of Student Development

Collaborates with CCD, CTE, ARA, OISS, DOERR, LILIE, RBA, RBPC, CCL, and RCEL; Creates more teaching opportunities for graduate students; Liaison for REA; GSA liaison for dGSA leaders; Oversees professional development directors; Plans programming events.

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Josh Hill
Applied Physics
6th year PhD
Parliamentarian

Manages necessary changes to the constitution and by-laws; Advises President and Council on procedural matters; Oversees elections, recruitment, and referenda; Presides over the GSA Awards process; Provides institutional knowledge; Reviews and approves club constitutions.

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Directors

 

Trenton PiepergerdesBioengineering
5th year PhD
Wellbeing

Manages the wellbeing committee; Collaborates with the Rice Wellbeing Center; Manages the Wellbeing Peers.

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Matt Bedell
Bioengineering
3rd year PhD
Community Outreach

Shares ongoing community service events via facebook and GSA Announcements; Plans monthly outings for smaller grad student groups for more community building events (food trips throughout Houston, trips to Miller Outdoor Theater, museum trips, etc.) in the fall; With assistance from PDs and VPCE, oversees the picnic logistics of Culture Night in February.

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Madeline Galbraith
Physics
2nd year PhD
Community Outreach

Shares ongoing community service events via facebook and GSA Announcements; Plans monthly outings for smaller grad student groups for more community building events (food trips throughout Houston, trips to Miller Outdoor Theater, museum trips, etc.) in the fall; With assistance from PDs and VPCE, oversees the picnic logistics of Culture Night in February.

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Hannah Hughes
Physics & Astronomy
3rd year PhD
co-Professional Development

Collaborates with LILIE, Rice Business Alliance and Owlspark to expose their programs to grad students and advocates for more grad specific programs; Helps establish the consulting club and overlooks the club until the club structure is in place; Plans professional development programming events with the VP and the professional development committee; Works with CCD for more grad focused programming and advocate for more recruiters interested in grad student recruitment; Assists in advertising events for graduate students organized by other offices with professional development resources; Works with the media team to create flyers and marketing materials.

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Nicholas Coulombe
Political Science
3rd year PhD
co-Professional Development

Collaborates with LILIE, Rice Business Alliance and Owlspark to expose their programs to grad students and advocates for more grad specific programs; Helps establish the consulting club and overlooks the club until the club structure is in place; Plans professional development programming events with the VP and the professional development committee; Works with CCD for more grad focused programming and advocate for more recruiters interested in grad student recruitment; Assists in advertising events for graduate students organized by other offices with professional development resources; Works with the media team to create flyers and marketing materials.

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Christoph Wagner
Music – Cello Performance
3rd year
PPF

Reads through the PPF applications; Assembles review committees to review PPF applications and determine which events will be funded; Provides programming support and help to PPF awardees; Serves on SAPP committee.

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Zane Zook
Mechanical Engineering
2nd year PhD
co-Programming

Plans and implements GSA sponsored programs, services, and social events; Oversees Beer Bike; Oversees space requests for the GSA Captain’s Lounge; Oversees equipment rentals for the GSA (sound system, grills, etc.); Oversees and meets bimonthly with the Programming Committee.

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Nia Christian
Mechanical Engineering
3rd year PhD
co-Programming

Plans and implements GSA sponsored programs, services, and social events; Oversees Beer Bike; Oversees space requests for the GSA Captain’s Lounge; Oversees equipment rentals for the GSA (sound system, grills, etc.); Oversees and meets bimonthly with the Programming Committee.

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Tingting Zhou
Computer Science
2nd year MCS
Graphic Design

Oversees all advertising and marking efforts of GSA events, as well as the media committee.

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TBA
– year

Media Director

Maintains and updates the GSA website and online calendar; Maintains all GSA social media accounts; Sends out the GSA Weekly Announcements.

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Brittany Bradford
Psychology
5th year PhD
Grants

Oversees the Grants Committee, Grants meetings, and Grants allocation; Assists VP Finance with upkeep of yearly budget; Serves on SAPP committee.

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Shah Saad AlamPhysics
5th year PhD
International Student Outreach

Coordinates International Education Week & Coffee Break; Serves as the primary liaison to the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS); Organizes monthly Coffee Breaks with campus cultural groups; Leads a monthly meeting with leaders of international student organizations; Serves as the cultural group liaison during the Graduate International Cultural Night.

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Jordin Metz
Chemistry
2nd year PhD
Sustainability

Advocates for greener practices in grad student life; Coordinates with other GSA directors to make events more sustainable; Organizes environmentally-focused events for grad students; Works with university representatives on green initiatives; Promotes bike safety.

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Faculty and Staff Advisors

GSA Advisor

E. Kate Abad E. Kate Abad
Student Center Director

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Valhalla Managers

  • Megan Chang
  • Asa Stahl
  • Dan Gorczynski

List of Previous Officers and Managers