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: John Lurquin
John is a fifth year graduate student in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. His research focuses on executive functioning, self control, and political attitudes with recent work exploring how long participants persist at difficult and frustrating tasks before they decide to quit. As president of UGGS, he enjoys connecting graduate students across campus and addressing graduate student concerns.
Executive VP: 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.

VP of Student Affairs: Kate Allison

Kate Allison is a PhD Candidate in the School of Education's Research and Evaluation Methodology program. She graduated from St. John's College with double majors in Philosophy and History of Mathematics & Science before moving to Japan to teach English and work with organizations focused on internationalization and community involvement. Kate enjoys travel, Thai noodles, beaches, and traveling to Thailand to eat noodles on beaches.

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: Megan Kinney

Megan Kinney is a PhD student in the ATLAS program. Her research focuses on prisoners and the digital literacy skills they need to succeed outside of prison and prevent recidivism. In particular, she’d like to make the connection between computational thinking and the problem solving skills needed to be resilient and avoid returning to prison. As Communications Chair for UGGS, Megan makes sure the UGGS website and listservs are up-to-date. Outside of school, Megan plays and hikes with her spouse and dogs, competes in triathlons, and works as a librarian in Denver, making use of her master's degree in informaiton science and 12 years of professional library experience.

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: Michael Gillis

Michael Gillis is second year MA student in Linguistics with a focus in Linguistic Anthropology and sociolinguistics. His research interests lie within Arapahoe Humor and Disabilities discourse. Outside of school Michael enjoys playing music, wandering the mountainside, and engaging in discourse. 

CUSG/UGGS Liaison: Scott Schafer

Scott is a fifth year graduate student in Cognitive Psychology & Neuroscience studying the effect of placebos on pain and pain relief. Specifically, he’s interested in the neural systems that drive the placebo effect and how to generate placebo effects even when subjects know that they’ve received a placebo. In his posiition of liaision, Scott is interested in improving employment assistance opportunities for graduate students and improving communication between student groups on campus.

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