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.
UGGS Executive Board
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.
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.
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.
Megan Kinney has more than 10 years of experience in connecting traditionally underserved groups to useful technologies, as a librarian. During that time, she helped refugee youth use GIS mapping to improve their neighborhoods, recent immigrants learn how to send an email, Denver citizens how to apply for the public housing lottery online, community college students to embrace the importance of solid research and critical thinking skills. Her PhD work in the ATLAS program 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 is most interested in making sure the UGGS website, listservs, and social media are fresh and relevant to all grad students @ CU Boulder.
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
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
|EDUC||Paty Abril Holt|
|GTP||Dr. Laura Border|
|SLHS||Kelly Van De Wyngaerde|