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Meet Your Representatives

MEET YOUR REPRESENTATIVES

2020-2021


Jaime Trevino

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Criminal Justice, College of Applied Arts


Awards & Honors: Placed 3rd in the student research competition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the School of Criminal Justice 

Research Interests: Artificial Intelligence in Law Enforcement agencies  

Hobbies: You can't beat floating down the river with good friends, binging Netflix, and playing video games

#1 Tip for surviving grad school: Remember to make some time just for you to do the things you like and enjoy. Grad school is very stressful and you will burn yourself out if you are not able to balance out this stress, so go out and enjoy yourself.

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Prokash Deb Palash

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Co-Chair Budget + Finance Committee


Agricultural Sciences, College of Applied Arts 


Research Interests: Aquaculture and Fisheries Economics

Hobbies: Hiking, badminton, cricket, table tennis, soccer, biking 

#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: Once a wise man advised a grad student, "Do what you love or love what you do." That's the only mantra of survival.

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James Dyer

Graduate House Parliamentarian 


Doctoral Program in Developmental Education, College of Education


Research Interests: Postsecondary Literacy

Hobbies: Biking, running, climbing, falling 

#1 Tip for Surviving Grad School: Don’t brag about staying up till 4 am to write that paper that you pushed off until the last minute. Brag about that time where you convinced your professor to give you an extension so that you could get some sleep. Also, teach your cat to cook your meals and write your dissertation for you. 

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Simmi Chadha

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Student Affairs in Higher Education, College of Education


Research Interests: Service-Learning and International Education 

Other Organizations: Graduate Student Affairs Council

Hobbies: Baking, yoga, and hanging with my roommate's hamster, Frank!

#1 Tip for Surviving Grad School: There is productivity in rest!

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Andi Ivins

Andi Ivins

Co-Char Social Media + Technology Committee


Music Composition, College of Fine Arts and Communication

Graduate Instructional Assistant


Awards & Honors: Reed Holmes Memorial Award for Composition (2019)

Research Interests: Leitmotif Manipulation in Programmatic Music, Electro-Acoustic/Multimedia Compositions, Immersive Experimental Theatre

Other Organizations: Mysterium New Music Ensemble, ASCAP

Hobbies: Video games & video game design, anime, dad rock, graphic art, and weaving

#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: Never take sleep, instant ramen, or a good old-fashioned Netflix binge day for granted. Take care of yourself.

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Morgan Cessac

Communication Studies, College of Fine Arts and Communication


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Leah Frye

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Chair Campus Life Committee 


Healthcare Administration, College of Health Professions

Graduate Instructional Assistant 


Research Interests: Strategic Management, Healthcare Quality, & Public Health

Other Organizations: American College of Health care Executives, Healthcare Leadership Coalition, National Intramural-Recreational Association 

#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: Study hard, make the most of your resources, and remember to take a step back and experience life. 

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Elizabeth Flores

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Healthcare Administration, College of Health Professions

Graduate Research Assistant 


Research Interests: Public health, Chagas disease, healthcare quality improvement 

Other Organizations: Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Chi, National Society for Leadership and Success, Healthcare Leadership Coalition

Hobbies: Walking, caring for animals and animal advocacy, service learning

#1 Tip for Surviving Grad School: Make time for “you” time outside your studies. Often, I tend to let myself get wrapped up in problem-solving, and it really derails my health, both mentally and physically, if I let it. Just like in our careers after graduation, there needs to be a balance between work and play. Start those habits now, and they will serve you well in the future.

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Rex Wyatt

Co-Char Social Media + Technology Committee


Political Science, College of Liberal Arts 

Graduate Instructional Assistant


Awards & Honors: Liberal Arts Award for Academic Excellence, Eight-time Dean’s List Recipient 

Research Interests: U.S. foreign policy, authoritarian regimes 

Other Organizations: Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society, Alpha Chi Honor Society 

Hobbies: Reading, writing, mountain biking, playing guitar, traveling, music, being in the river

#1 Tip for Surviving Grad School: Get plenty of sleep, eat well, and drink water—taking care of yourself is the best defense against stress.

And remember, “The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.”   -Plutarch

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Jokwon Bagby

Graduate House Secretary


Spanish Lit., Poetry, & Linguistics, College of Modern Languages 


Research Interests: Al-Andalus

Hobbies: Sports, music, & trokiando

#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: Work along with your colleagues and communicate with each other every week

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Jessica L Chung


Human Resource Management, McCoy College of Business

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Nishant Gurung

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Co-Chair Budget + Finance Committee


Computer Science, College of Science and Engineering

Graduate Instructional Assistant


Research Interests: Data Structures & Algorithms

Hobbies: Cooking, Reading Books and Watching Sci-Fi Movies. 

#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: "If you love it, you'll teach yourself. If you don't love it, others will teach you" --wise words from a business entrepreneur, I heard a long time ago

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Ashley Brown

Ashley

Graduate House Leader


McCoy College of Business M.B.A. program

Media Director & Head Coach at Tri-County Volleyball Association


Other Organizations: Local Business Owner of Brownie Photography & Production

Hobbies:  Volleyball, hiking, swimming, running, dancing, painting, film, and photography

#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School:  Focus on time management & take some time for yourself to keep your mental health in check.

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Chandan Howlader

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Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization, College of Science and Engineering


Research Interests: Laser, Photovoltaic, Printed Electronics and Fabrication technology

Hobbies: Gardening, fishing, badminton, cricket, biking, travelling, hiking 

#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: Know the expectations of your supervisor and discuss all your concerns with them. 

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