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 nine-member elected board composed of UGGS Officers.

Members of the Executive Board hold office hours in UMC 127 every week so that students can visit, share feedback, and voice concerns about their experience as graduate students at CU.

Meet Your Current Departmental Representative


UGGS Officers


UGGS Executive Board

Juan Garcia Oyervides

UGGS Executive Board
Juan García Oyervides is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He completed his B.A. in Literature and Language Sciences at the Universidad Finis Terrae (Chile) and his M.A. at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His research studies the relationship between journalism, media and literary writing in Latin American 20 th and 21 st centuries.
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Jesse Niebaum

VP of Internal Affairs
UGGS Executive Board
Jesse is a 4th-year PhD student in Psychology and Neuroscience. His research focuses on the cognitive development of youngsters. He's also focused on implementing open science practices here at CU to promote scientific transparency and equity, better scientific practices, and reproducible science. Contact me if: You are a CU Boulder graduate student Hometown: Pittsburg, KS
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Sarah Fahmy

VP of External Affairs
UGGS Executive Board
Sarah is a second year Theatre and Performance Studies MA student. She is interested in the post colonial representation of Arab women in the 21st century, and the intersectionality between arts and sustainability. Her research focuses on using applied theatre to vocally empower young women, increasing their self authorship and engagement with sustainable development. Contact me if: You are not a CU Boulder Graduate student, and are interested in learning...

Internal Affairs

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Nathan (Nate) Abraham

Director of Finance •
Internal Affairs
At the start of Fall 2018 Nate will be a 4th year PhD candidate in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at CU Boulder. He is developing and testing computational methods to predict the favorable packing structures of small organic molecules. Contact me if: You have questions regarding the use of the UGGS student fee or money available to graduate students and graduate student groups. Hometown: East Hampton, CT
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Hillary Steinberg

Diversity and Inclusion Chair
Internal Affairs
Hillary is a fourth doctoral student interested in studying health, childhood, and gender. She received her B.S. from Stony Brook University. The focus of her research is on childhood experiences with medical challenges. She previously served as social chair and executive vice president. Contact me if: You want to learn more about diversity and inclusion initiatives for graduate students. Hometown: New York.

External Affairs

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Elana Friedland

Director of Communications
External Affairs
Elana Friedland is a 3rd year MFA candidate in Creative Writing through the English Department. Their work focuses on gender, sexuality, the intersection of both with Jewishness, writing and performance, and the ways technology can be integrated into storytelling on the page and on stage. Contact me if: you have media requests, you would like to share news with UGGS, you have questions about the website or getting added to...
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Danica Petrovska

Social Chair
External Affairs
Danica (pronounced Danitsa) is fifth year French literature and French cinema PhD student. She is writing her doctoral dissertation on contemporary banlieue and beur cinema. Her main research interests are the cinematic space of the marginalized communities and the post-colonial subject in the 21st century. She is also interested in how hybridized identities challenge the dominant narratives of "Frenchness". In her very little free time Danica enjoys going out, skiing...

Drew Korschun

Social Relations Committee Member
External Affairs
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Jasmine Baetz

External Affairs
Jasmine Baetz is a second year ceramics MFA student in the department of Art and Art History. She works with history, assumptions, clay, waste and other raw materials. Contact me if: you have questions/comments about the UGGS Assembly Meeting minutes. Hometown: Dundas, Ontario.

UGGS Campus Representation

Graeme Pente

Health Board Member
UGGS Campus Representation
Graeme is a PhD candidate in the History Department. His research focuses on industrialization and transatlantic social reform in the nineteenth century. He is also serving as the Graduate Teacher Program's History Lead for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Varsha Rao

Rec Board Member
UGGS Campus Representation

Javan Carter

CUSG Co-Senator
UGGS Campus Representation
Javan is 2nd Phd EBIO student that studies evolutionary biology. He looks at trait evolution and how the trait manifest, so its origin. He is currently studying Barn swallow and doing whole genome sequencing to find certain traits within the DNA and trying to correlate it to environmental factors that could have influenced natural selection. Contact me if: you want to understand the relationship between UGGS and CUSG Hometown: Chesapeake,...

Bill Shrum

CUSG Co-Senator
UGGS Campus Representation