Officers and Representatives

UGGS is comprised of an Assembly and the Executive Board. The Assembly consists of a representative from each academic department on campus while the Executive Board is a seven-member elected board composed of UGGS representatives. Members of the Executive Board hold office hours in UMC 127 every week so that students can visit us, share feedback, and voice concerns about their experience as graduate students at CU.

UGGS Executive Board

President: Richard Bateman

Richard Bateman is a PhD student in the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Department. His research focuses on the relationship between climate change and variability on storm tracks and precipitation over the Colorado River Basin on interdecadal time scales. In addition, he is interested in how physical changes in the region will impact water resource management.  As Communications Chair for UGGS, Richard maintains the website and coordiantes social media outreach to graduate students. Richard enjoys spending time with his family, hockey, hiking, craft beers, and gardening.

Executive VP: Jenn Calvano

Jenn is a PhD Candidate in the Theatre and Dance Department.  Her research is based in theatrical stage movement and concerned with “physical theatre,” or the bodily life of the performer on the stage and how that person embodies the story and portrays the character physically.  In addition to her research, Jenn spends a good deal of her time in the theatre as a professional free lance sound designer and has worked with Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company and Curious Theatre Company in Denver.


VP of Student Affairs: Gregor Robinson
VP of Finance: Dan Gustavson

Dan Gustavson is a fifth year PhD student in Cognitive Psychology and Behavioral Genetics. His research focuses primarily on working memory and self-control, and how these abilities are related to levels of anxiety and tendencies for procrastination. Dan enjoys playing music, brewing beer, bike riding, and playing board games.

Communications Chair: Paty Holt
Social Chair: Melinda Markin

Melinda Markin is a PhD student in the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of Colorado Boulder and studies the impacts of climate change on alpine plant communities. She is conducting research in plant population genetics, phylogeography, and field experiments. In her precious spare time, Melinda enjoys gardening, orchid hunting, climbing, and befriending the local pika populations.

UGGS Campus Representation

CUSG Co-Senator: Alan Izar

Alan Izar is a fourth year Chemical Engineering graduate student at CU, interested in ways to increase the active life of metal dispersed catalysts with the use of ultrathin layers. When not spending long hours in lab, Alan enjoys reading, writing, hiking, binging Netflix and getting hypothermia once a year competing in Reebok’s Spartan Military Sprint.

CUSG Co-Senator: Alison Gilchrist
CUSG/UGGS Liaison: Laura Michaelson

Laura Michaelson is a PhD student in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. She does research on cognitive control and decision-making. As Executive Vice President, her role is to communicate with campus administrators and student leaders on behalf of graduate students and to enhance the graduate student experience. When not in the lab or the UGGS office, hobbies include jogging with her two yellow labs, snowboarding, and beer-league softball.

UGGS Department Representatives

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DEPT Representative
ANTH Jeff Brzezinski
APS Drake Ranquist
APS Piyush Agrawal
ARTH Krystle Kelley
ASEN Charles Brechtel
ASEN Eric Threet
ATLS Jacqueline Cameron
ATLS Megan Kinney
ATOC Richard Bateman
ATOC Christopher Maloney
CEAE Xavier Espinet
CHBE Alan Izar
CHEM William Hartwig
COMM Alexandra Jackson Nevis
CUSG Colin Wichman
EBIO Melinda Markin
ECEN Mike Coffey
EDUC Kate Allison
EDUC Paty Abril Holt
ENGL Logan Blizzard
ENVS Xi Wang
ENVS Kelsey Cody
FRIT William Anderson
FRIT Jocelyn Franklin
GEOG Max Counter
GRMN Daniel Taylor
HIST/ALAC Patricia Helfenbein
JMC Chelsea Daggett
LAW Christoper Cummins
LING Sarah Alcorn
LING Evan Coles
MCEN Justin Whiteley
MUSM Nicole Ridgwell
PHIL Chaz Vollmer
PHYS AJ Johnson
PHYS Paige Warmker
PHYS William Ames
PSCI Ben Purser
PSYC John Lurquin
PSYC Laura Michaelson
PSYC Dan Gustavson
PSYC Scott Schafer
RLST Scott Brown
SLHS Kelly Van De Wyngaerde
SLHS Juliana White
SOCY Benjamin Lamb-Books