The Graduate Liaison position fosters communication between the Graduate School and the students it serves. Graduate Liaisons are hired from arts, engineering, humanities, communication sciences, natural sciences, and social sciences. The Graduate Liaisons are the primary contact for communicating to other graduate students in their representative area about Graduate School events and initiatives. Graduate Liaisons are also responsible for providing the Graduate School with information and feedback from students.

Each Graduate Liaison creates and leads a professional development activity. These initiatives are "Peer2Peer" Workshops, Podcasts or Webinars. Graduate Liaisons will also support cross-disciplinary connections, brainstorm ideas for program initiatives, and help turn student feedback into actionable goals.

Click on the Graduate Liaison's name to learn more about their Peer2Peer initiative! 


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Katie Alaimo

Graduate Liaison for the Communication Sciences
Katie Alaimo is a West Coast native who transplanted from Oregon to Colorado in 2014. She received her bachelor's degree in history with a minor in Spanish from George Fox University and a master of arts in photojournalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia. As a masters student she co-produced the multimedia project 100 Ages, A Century of Voices for the Columbia Missourian, which documented cross-generational perspective of life in...
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Shirley Huang

Graduate Liaison for the Social Sciences
Speech Language and Hearing Sciences
Shirley Huang is a doctoral candidate in the Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences Department. Her research focuses on bilingual language development in preschool children with and without a language disorder. Specifically, she studies social-emotional development and well-being in bilingual children and examines how the home environment shapes bilingual children's emotion language learning. Shirley enjoys trail running, yoga, cooking, reading murder mystery novels, and visiting her family and friends in the...
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Sarah Mauney

Graduate Liaison for the Arts
Theatre & Dance
Sarah R Mauney is a second-year MFA Candidate in Dance & Choreography with a secondary emphasis in Somatics. Her research utilizes the lens of Motherhood to examine issues of equity, gender performativity, cultural curation of gender performance, body dysmorphia and the languaging of mothering in America. She strives to bring higher regard for embodied learning to non-performance disciplines. In addition to being a Grad Student and mother, Sarah teaches Beginning...
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Danielle Quichocho

Graduate Liaison for Communication Sciences
Danielle Quichocho majored in creative writing and mass communication to earn her Bachelor's degree at the University of South Florida. She also earned her Master's in strategic communication from USF. Despite their abysmal performance, she continues to be a USF Bulls football fan. Her current research interests as a doctoral student include global public relations, environmental sustainability, and the messages that link those two topics. Danielle and Katie are hosting...
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Varsha Rao

Graduate Liaison for Engineering
Varsha Rao is a Ph.D. student in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department. She did her Bachelor's at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. Her doctoral research is focused on developing biomaterial systems to study and control the mesenchymal stem/stromal cell secretome for therapeutic and regenerative medicine applications. She enjoys skiing, hiking, watching movies, petting dogs, and playing trivia! Varsha's workshop is called " Using Theater Techniques in Science Presentations...
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Georgiana Salant

Graduate Liaison for the Natural Sciences
Georgi received her B.A in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry from Williams College. She is currently a sixth-year Biochemistry PhD candidate studying (1) the function of small RNA molecules involved in skeletal muscle development and (2) the molecular mechanisms by which alcohol consumption causes breast cancer. When she’s not in the research lab, Georgi enjoys playing golf, scuba diving, cooking fun and exciting new recipes, and watching the Bachelor...
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Maggie Taylor

Graduate Liaison for the Humanities
Maggie Taylor is a PhD candidate in philosophy. Her research focuses on applied medical ethics and political philosophy, with particular interests in the parent-child relationship, harm, and autonomy. Her dissertation, “The Harm Threshold, Parental Duty, and Pediatric Healthcare Decision Making,” concerns when it is appropriate to intervene in medical decisions parents make on behalf of their children. Maggie has served on the Boulder Community Health Clinical Ethics Committee and worked...