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

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Sarah Fahmy

President
UGGS Executive Board
Sarah is a first year PhD student in Theatre and Performance Studies. Her research merges performance with speech and language hearing sciences to study disidentification in postcolonial identities and its impacts on young women’s perceived self authorship and contributions to sustainable development. Contact me if: You are interested in collaborating with UGGS on any initiatives related to graduate and professional student advocacy, wellbeing or input within the CU Boulder community...
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Jennifer (Jen) Reeve

VP of Internal Affairs
UGGS Executive Board
Jen is a third year PhD candidate in Geological Sciences studying the evolution of co-cyanobacteria and Earth. Contact me if: You are interested in UGGS and resources available for graduate students at CU Boulder. Hometown: Bellevue, Washington Pronouns: she/her/hers

Internal Affairs

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Anthony Pinter

Director of Data Analysis
Internal Affairs
Anthony is a 3rd year PhD student in the Department of Information Science, where he studies how identity is created, changes, and is interpreted by others on social media sites. Contact me if: you have questions about data that UGGS collects about graduate students at CU Boulder or the visualizations and infographics we create with that data. Hometown: Hollidaysburg, PA Pronouns: he/him/his
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Shirley Huang

Director of Finance
Internal Affairs
Shirley is a third year doctoral student in the Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences Department. She is studying socioemotional development, executive functioning skills, and narrative skills in bilingual children with and without a language disorder. Contact me if: You have questions about the UGGS Student Group Grants, Travel Grants or Legislative Discretionary Funds. Hometown: Edison, New Jersey Pronouns: she/her/hers

Melody (Mel) Zhang

Diversity and Inclusion Chair
Internal Affairs
Mel is a second year Master's student, geophysics/seismology, studying plate discontinuities at the Hikurangi subduction margin Contact me if: you're keen on discussing social/environmental justice, perspectives on diversity & inclusion, traveling/living in other parts of the world, and/or circus arts (I'm an aerialist and fire performer) Hometown: nowhere, or everywhere... I've bounced around the US, England, and China for all of my life Pronouns: she/her

External Affairs

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Matthew (Matt) Vondrasek

Director of Legislative Affairs
External Affairs
Matt Vondrasek is a second year student at the University of Colorado School of Law. His scholarship and research focuses on environmental and administrative law. Contact me if: you want to learn more about legislative and regulatory issues UGGS is working on. Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska Pronouns: He/Him/His
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Emily Jensen

Director of Communications
External Affairs
Emily is a second year PhD student in Computer Science and Cognitive Science. She is interested in how machine learning can be used to improve human learning through educational technology. Contact me if: you want to contact the larger UGGS community or are not sure who else to contact. Hometown: Tempe, Arizona Pronouns : she/her/hers
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Elisabeth (Elise) Collins

Social Chair
External Affairs
Elise Collins is in her second year of the MBA/MA Theatre dual degree program at CU Boulder. She is passionate about storytelling, interpersonal communication theory, and using arts administration to provide others with performance opportunities. Contact me if: you have ideas for or questions about any social events run by UGGS. Hometown: Highlands Ranch, CO Pronouns : she/her/hers

UGGS Campus Representation

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David Griffin

Finance Board Member
UGGS Campus Representation
David Griffin is a second year MBA at the Leeds School of Business at CU Boulder where he is concentrating in Finance. At Leeds, he is part of the Finance Club leadership team and part of the Venture Capital Investment Competition team. Contact me if: you are interested in learning more, or have any questions, about the UGGS finance board. Hometown: Davidson, NC/Princeton, NJ
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David Gunderman

Center for Teaching and Learning Board Member
UGGS Campus Representation
David is a 4th year applied math PhD student researching computational methods for simulation of complicated systems, such as fluid flow. Contact me if: you want to learn more about campus-wide initiatives on teaching and learning for faculty. Pronouns: he/him/his
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Robert (Bobby) Wilson

Recreation Board Member
UGGS Campus Representation
Bobby is a 3rd Year Ph.D. Candidate in Mechanical Engineering. His research focuses on improved modeling of soft tissue matrix degeneration. Contact me if: you want to learn more about the Recreation Board Hometown: Evansville, IN Pronouns: He/Him/His
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Varsha Rao

Health Board Member
UGGS Campus Representation
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Hillary Steinberg

Health Board Member
UGGS Campus Representation
Hillary Steinberg is a 5th year doctoral student in Sociology studying childhood hospitalization and identity formation, as well as focusing on the transition to young adulthood in individuals with chronic health conditions. Contact me if: Contact me if you are looking to get more information on services at Wardenburg, or would like to advocate for grad student health. Hometown: New York

Jake Carias

CUSG Co-Senator
UGGS Campus Representation
Jake Carias is entering his fourth year of graduate school here at CU Boulder in the Sociology Department. Jake regularly enjoys chicken wings, indoor volleyball, and board/card games (euchre in particular) with friends. Jake's research focuses on housing development, public transportation, and segregation in U.S. cities. Currently, Jake serves as the United Government of Graduate Students (UGGS) Senator to the University of Colorado Student Government (CUSG) and is an active...