Graduate Student Representative


Jodi Devonshire
Committee Chair

It has been a productive first year for the newly formed GSAC (Graduate Student Advisory Committee). Following my appointment as the first Graduate Student Board Member last year, I began to work on the following items of interest.

The first action item was to design our Graduate Student Advisory Committee. Using the following criteria, we developed the first ever NARST Graduate Student Committee tasked with supporting and facilitating graduate student contributions to NARST. For committee consideration, I provided the following criteria for selection:

Eligibility. Any graduate student who is an active member of NARST. Preference will be given to Graduate Student Members who serve(ed) on other committees.

Term of office. The Graduate Student Member (GSM) will serve a two-year term beginning in September.

Time requirements. The estimated time required for the GSM will be at least four hours every month plus one week annually to prepare for and attend regular GSM conference calls, media and email correspondence meetings, which may include consultation with board staff for background information related to agenda issues; additional time for handling other Board-related business; time to attend selected advisory group meetings; and the NARST annual conference.

Conference requirements. The GSM will attend the annual NARST conference meeting and will attend the GSAC meeting, forum and social events sponsored by the GSAC.

As of right now the Graduate Student Advisory Committee serves as a sub-committee under the Membership and Elections Committee.

Graduate Student & Early Scholars Mixer: The Graduate Student Advisory Committee voted and selected a venue.  The 2014 GSAC Mixer will be held at Perle’ on Monday, March 31, 2014, at 7pm, immediately following the Graduate Student Forum. We are excited to continue the Graduate Student and Early Scholar Mixer tradition with our 4th annual event. Perle’ is located on the popular “Square”. They are typically closed on Monday but will be opening for our event. We hope you will join us!

Graduate Student Forum: The Graduate Student Advisory Committee is working hard to get this panel together. Per graduate student feedback, we will be soliciting more non-university affiliated panelists to provide broader employment opportunities.  We will also use this opportunity to facilitate the new GSAC role at NARST and solicit feedback from the community.

GSAC Members

Regina Wragg University of South Carolina
Anne Barton University of Missouri – St. Louis
Elizabeth de los Santos Michigan State University
Jennifer Friend University of Missouri – St. Louis
Shelly Rodriguez University of Texas – Austin
Deb Morrison University of Colorado – Boulder
Devarati Bhattacharya University of Minnesota
Kristina Maruyama Tank University of Minnesota
Stina Krist Northwestern University
Tasneem Anwar University of Minnesota
Jamie Sabel University of Iowa
Richard Lamb George Mason University
Julianne Wenner University of Georgia

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