Brendan Hobart ( and Melissa Chen (

Meetings happen in the Spring Semester

This group decides on who gets invited to give guest lectures for this seminar series.  This is the largest committee in the department and there are many volunteer positions:  committee chairs, flight scheduler, hotel scheduler, reception prep, servers, etc.  Everything about this seminar series in organized by graduate students. 

Lunch and Learn
Wynne Moss, & Molly McDermott

This is EBIO’s informal seminar series.  Grad students, postdocs, faculty and guests are all welcome to share their research, travel photos, or present workshops for the benefit of department members.  Grad students who regularly attend can enroll for 1 credit.

Position Avilable: None

Evolution Outreach Committee (EOC)

Dan Zarate ( and Bridget Chalifour (

This group develops outreach events to improve the public’s understanding of evolution.  Some annual events include: Controversial Topics Teacher’s Workshop (with Climate Change Outreach) in early Fall, and Evolution Family day at the museum in early Spring.

Position Avilable: Website manager and members to participate in this group

Climate Change Outreach

Link to Climate Change Outreach Website

This group develops outreach events to improve the public’s understanding of topics related to climate change.  Some projects include: Controversial Topics Teacher’s Workshop (with Evolution Outreach), a weekend field trip at the Mountain Research Station for middle school students, and recruiting volunteers to judge at local youth science fairs.

Position Available: needs more members to participate in this group

Undergraduate Outreach volunteer

Julie Larson, Matt Bitters, and Erin Fried

This committee works with the Undergraduate Biology Club to provide opportunities for undergraduates to get engaged in the department beyond coursework.  The main event is the Grad-Undergrad Social that happens each spring, where all EBIO grad students are invited to recruit undergrads to work with them on their research.  The committee updates resources for this event each year, including grad student research blurbs and contact info. The committee also seeks to boost attendance for or create 2-3 additional events each year, including the fall faculty-undergraduate research social, campus-wide undergraduate recruitment events (e.g., the UROP symposium), and events to address other needs of undergraduates in the department (e.g., a career panel or job fair).

Spring Symposium

Melissa Chen or

The spring symposium is an inter-departmental event hosted by EBIO where graduate and undergraduate students can give talks (3 min or 12 min) or present posters to their fellow peers. It is a great opportunity for students to practise their presentation skills in a welcoming and friendly environment. Meetings to organize this event begin in early February.


EBIO Budget Committee

This graduate student participates on the faculty budget committee which reviews proposals for EBIO course improvement.

Working Groups Coordinator

Position available!

Organizes the working groups meeting each Fall to update grad students and recruit volunteers for positions in the department, and also keeps this webpage and the reading group webpage current

EBIO Grad Rep

Scott Nordstrom

Attends faculty meetings and updates graduate students, updates grad students and recruits input on grad student issues to report to faculty. This is an annually elected position (Dec to Dec), anyone can run.

Green Labs EBIO representatives

Position Available!


Works with Green Labs to develop departmental projects that improve energy efficiency, reduce research waste, etc.  This is a paid position and the time commitment is flexible.


Bugslist Manager - Position available!

Helps grad students subscribe to and unsubscribe from this informal EBIO grad listserv 

EBIO GPSG Representatives (Graduate and Professional Student Government)

Javan Carter and Angela Hansen

EBIO representatives attend GPSG meetings and communicate Graduate School and University level policies and issues to EBIO grad students.  

Position available!

IT representative

Grant Vagle

This person works with the faculty budget committee to acquire software, primarily for bull pen computers and is also responsible for maintaining and updating the Graduate Student Handbook.  If you are need of a software program that you do not currently have access to, or see something that needs to be changed on the Graduate Student Handbook, talk to this person.


GTP Lead

This person promotes graduate teacher (TA & GTPI) training and professional development in EBIO, and serves as the department's representative for the Graduate Teacher Program (a division of the Graduate School).  This is a one-year, paid position primarily involves training by the GTP program, and conducting non-evaluative teaching consultations for graduate student TAs to help them improve their teaching skills.  

Mentoring Pods coordinator

This position is responsible for assigning newly admitted EBIO graduate students to the existing mentoring pods in the summer, and promoting pod activities throughout the year.  Mentoring pods are small groups of graduate students from different labs and cohorts in EBIO, and their purpose is to serve as supplemental support and resources for members within the pod.