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Meet Your Representatives

MEET YOUR REPRESENTATIVES

2019-2020

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Alexis Hawley

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Criminal Justice, College of Applied Arts

Graduate Research Assistant

Research Interests: Juror decisionmaking and Intimate Partner Violence

Hobbies: Traveling, binging crime documentaries, and floating the river with my Great Dane.

#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: Get a planner! Time management is crucial and being able to schedule your week helps not only to get things done but to also know when to make time for yourself!

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Prokash Deb Palash

Agricultural Sciences, College of Applied Arts

Research Interests: 

Hobbies: 

#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: 

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Liliana Renteria

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Exercise Science, College of Education

Graduate Research Assistant for the Metabolic and Applied Physiology Lab

Research Interests: Implementing dietary and exercise interventions to improve cardiometabolic health and performance.

Other Organizations: President of the Exercise Science Graduate Student Organization

Hobbies: Hiking, random road trips, baking, stargazing, and spending time at the beach.

#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: Don't be afraid to talk to your Advisor. They will help you in any way they can. Also, don't forget to prioritize your health-mental and physical health is important!

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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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Jorlanditha Austin

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Co-chair, Budget +Finance Committee | Interim co-chair, Social Media + Technology Committee

Graduate College Outstanding Mentor Award Committee


Communication Studies, College of Fine Arts and Communication

Graduate Teaching Assistant - Communication Studies

Research Assistant - Translational Health

Research Interests: Interpersonal Communication between military couples, Nonverbal Communication, Organizational Communication

Other Organization: Communication Graduate Student Association

Hobbies: Cooking, reading, and laying on the beach.

#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: Always plan more time than you think you will need for any task. Give yourself a cushion. 

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Thi (T) Nguyen

Co-chair, Diversity + Inclusion Committee | Interim co-chair, Social Media + Technology Committee

Graduate College Outstanding Mentor Selection Committee Member


Communication Design Master's Program, College of Fine Arts and Communication

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Research Interests: Design literacy, human-centered design, and data-driven graphic design.

Other Organization: American Institute of Graphic Design (AIGA)

Hobbies: Drinking coffee, being outdoors, people watching, practicing contemporary dance and hand-lettering, playing sports/music, and watching dog videos. 

#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: Be patient with your success, be kind and sleep tight!

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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 Organization: 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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Joanna Fohn

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Graduate Student Representative for the Graduate Council  | Graduate Student Representative for the University Leadership Assembly


Healthcare Administration, College of Health Professions

Graduate Instructional Assistant

Research Interests: Public health, Health Information Systems, & Strategic Management

Other Organizations: Healthcare Leadership Coalition, Case Competition Team, American College for Healthcare Executives, Healthcare Financial Management Association

Hobbies: Hiking, traveling, playing with my dog, and attending concerts and music festivals. 

#1 Tip for Surviving Grad School: Be able to prioritize your tasks in order to manage your time effectively.

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Taylor Mireles

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Graduate Student Representative for the Council on Inclusive Excellence |

Co-Chair for the Social Media + Technology Committee | Co-Chair for the Diversity + Inclusion Committee

Graduate Student Representative for the Presidential Aware for Excellence in Teaching Committee


Sociology, College of Liberal Arts

Graduate Assistant - Center for Diversity and Gender Studies

Research Interests: Media & Culture, Criminal Justice, Gender Studies, Inequality, Education, and Religion

Other Organization:  Sociology Graduate Student Association

Hobbies: Going to the movies, watching TV, skateboarding, basketball, and hanging out with friends.

#1 Tip for Surviving Grad School: Find little moments for self-care each day.

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Maël Le Noc

Geography Doctoral Program, College of Liberal Arts

Graduate Assistant, Department of Geography

Research Interests: Geography of the Holocaust & Qualitative GIS

Other Organizations: Alpha Chi, Geography Graduate Forum

Hobbies: Gardening, cooking, and eating.

#1 Tip for Surviving Grad School: Talk to your professors.

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Jessica Ramos-Karmaker

Round Rock Representative

Graduate House Secretary

Texas Business Hall of Fame Scholar


Master's Business Administration, McCoy College of Business

Research Interests: Hidden Bias, Diversity, Stereotyping, Sexual Abuse, Human Trafficking.

Other Organizations: Vice-President McCoy Graduate Student Association, Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, National Association of Women's MBA, Student Leadership and Activites Organization, Alpha Gamma Pi, Terry Foundation Scholars, FunNation Foundation (VP Board of Directors) 

#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: Always smile because it's contagious. Learn to breathe, because it's necessary. Finally, don't procrastinate, you will regret it. 

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Jessica L Chung


Human Resource Management, McCoy College of Business

Research Interests:

Other Organizations:

#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School:

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Nishant Gurung

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Graduate House Leader

Co-Chair Budget + Finance Committee


Masters in Computer Science, College of Science and Engineering

Research Interests: Data Structures & Algorithms

Hobbies: Reading and watching movies. 

#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: Acknowledge your past, embrace your present, and prepare for your future 

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Jenn Idema

QEP Task Force Committee Chair


Aquatic Resources Doctoral Program, College of Science and Engineering

Instructional Assistant and Steward for the R/V Manta during the summer

Research Interests: I do visitor studies research for zoos & aquariums, to help provide evidence for why these places matter. My dissertation focus is how culture influences how we learn, think, and act towards marine conservation.

Other Organizations: NOAA Volunteer Corps, Texas Parks & Wildlife Volunteer, International Zoological Educators Association, Informal Science Educators of Texas, and the North American Association for Environmental Educators. 

Hobbies: Travel the world and experience new cultures, SCUBA diving, and photography. 

#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: As insane as your schedule may be, be sure to take time out for yourself. Devote time every week to doing something you love that isn't necessarily school related. Go see that movie, float the river, or go for a hike. It's good for your sanity.

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