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 UGGS President, Richard oversees UGGS' strategic efforts to improve graduate students' experiences at CU and maintains relationships between campus resources and graduate students. Richard enjoys spending time with his family, hockey, hiking, craft beers, and gardening.

Executive VP: 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.


VP of Student Affairs: Gregor Robinson

Gregor Robinson is a second-year PhD student in the Department of Applied Mathematics. His research interests center around rare transitions between steady states of systems that behave in a nearly deterministic manner but are jostled by small random external forces. Applications of this study range from describing spontaneous ecology collapse, to engineering reliability into distributed control systems for robot swarms, to understanding the nature of human memory and forgetting. Gregor fills schedule gaps with statistics, quantum mechanics, knitting, ham radio, fixing bicycles, collecting music, foraging mushrooms, pretending to catch up on an omnipresent backlog of books, and inventing new recipes for large groups of people on the cheap.

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

Paty Holt is in her 3rd year of her PhD in the School of Education in Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity. Her research focuses primarily building relationships between teachers and students at the elementary school level with specifically Mexican and Bilingual (Spanish and English) families in the Southwest Denver area. Paty moved to the States at the age of five from Mexico, and learned English in Kindergarten in the same district she taught in for 7 years in Denver. Paty enjoys spending time with her husband and her three-year old daughter. She also loves dressing up like a clown and singing in the shower. 

Social Chair: Shawna Mullenax
CUSG Co-Senator: Alison Gilchrist

Alison is in the second year of her PhD in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. Her research is on the molecular interactions between viruses and their host cells. She enjoys running, cooking, and reading for fun when she isn't reading for work.

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.  Her research focuses on cognitive control and decision-making.  After four years holding Co-Senator and Executive Vice President positions with UGGS, she recently transitioned to CUSG as the Liaison to Graduate and Professional Students.  When not in the lab or the UGGS office, hobbies include trail running with her dog Darwin, 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