About Us

About GSG

The Graduate Student Government is the only campus organization sponsored, staffed and run exclusively by graduate students. If you are a graduate student, you are automatically a member of the GSG, and your Student Activity Fee goes directly to the funding of this organization. We are completely independent of the university administration, and we report only to the graduate student body. We advocate for graduate students on and off campus, bringing our concerns to University officials, USM officials, the Board of Regents, and lawmakers.


Stephanie Cork
Stephanie is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Kinesiology, School of Public Health. Her research and advocacy focuses on diversity in higher education with a special interest on the inclusion of students with disabilities. As the current president Stephanie is passionate about ensuring that all graduate students know their rights and resources, regardless of their background. Stephanie believes that all graduate students should feel welcome on this campus, which is why GSG’s advocacy is so important. GSG can act as a means for students to create greater opportunities for diverse and inclusive engagement within scholarship, research and teaching.
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President's Reports
Rianna Murray
VP for Student Affairs
Rianna is a PhD candidate in the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health (MIAEH) at the School of Public Health. Her research investigates adverse human health effects associated with exposure to toxic contaminants in the Anacostia River, a polluted tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. As the Vice President for Student Affairs, Rianna’s goal is to ensure that concerns and expectations of graduate students are taken seriously and that we are represented at all levels of governance in the university. As an international student, Rianna also strives to place special emphasis on improving inclusion and representation in all aspects of graduate life on campus.
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Natasha Seraj
VP for Legislative Affairs
Natasha is a 2nd year doctoral student pursuing her doctorate in Biochemistry. She enjoys working out to fend off the stresses of Grad school and enjoys eating Asian food. She is very easygoing and outgoing and loves to meet and engage with new people.
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Adria Schwarber
VP for Academic Affairs
Adria is a fourth-year Atmospheric and Oceanic Science (AOSC) PhD student. Her research investigates the impacts of short-lived climate forcers on global climate using simple climate model emulations. Adria previously served as the AOSC Representative for GSG and remains a very enthusiastic graduate student advocate. She oversees the GSG’s annual Graduate Research Appreciation Day (GRAD), serves on the University Sustainability Council, and pursues issues effecting the academic life of UMD graduate students. In her free time, Adria enjoys training for triathlons, trying new foods, and reading dystopian novels.
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Clare Sengupta
VP for Financial Affairs
Clare is a doctoral candidate in the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Program within the Biology department. Her research focuses on how to use hormones to recover function in the aging brain and she will be filling the role of Vice President for Financial Affairs (VPFA) for the 2016-2017 academic year. Clare has been a representative for her program for 3 years and worked within the Budget and Finance Committee (BFC) for the last two, in addition to planning the annual GSG Grad Prom. Clare hopes to continue to improve the efficacy and transparency of the BFC to help the GSG fund more graduate programming than ever before. She also aims to improve graduate students' knowledge of their rights and resources through increased representation in the GSG Assembly.
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Amanda Strausser
Director of Operations
Amanda is a third year doctoral student in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health in the School of Public Health. Her research is focused around health literacy and health communication. More specifically she wants to work with adolescents to increase their health literacy to improve their long term health outcomes. Amanda is also passionate about helping students with disabilities. Throughout Amanda's time at UMD, she always loved working with graduate students on many initiatives. She is here to help GSG in any way possible in order to serve graduate students. When she is not busy doing graduate work, Amanda loves spending time with her two dogs. She also loves all things crafts, manatees and traveling! Contact Amanda
Katie Brown
VP for Public Relations
Katie Brown is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication. Her research looks at the ways in which marginalized communities utilize digital media to facilitate social change. As the incoming VP for Public Relations, she looks forward to increasing communication and transparency within GSG, fostering a more inclusive relationship between GSG and the graduate student community, and building productive connections with other campus organizations, faculty, and administration. Most of all, she is excited to work with and through GSG to advocate for our needs as University of Maryland researchers, teachers, students, and workers.
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All executive positions are open for nominations during the general election in the spring. Each VP is expected to work approximately five hours per week for the GSG. For this work, they receive an honoraria of $1,250 per semester. Attendance of the Assembly is mandatory for all executives. If three Assembly meetings are missed, they are automatically cited with a Charge Of Neglect and the Assembly votes on impeachment.

For a list of officer descriptions, please visit the Officer Descriptions page.

Faculty Advisor 

Dr. Kimberly Stroka 

Assistant Professor 
Fischell Department of Bioengineering
University of Maryland, College Park


email: kstroka@umd.edu

Staff Advisor 

Sarah Grun

Graduate Student Life Director  
Stamp Student Union, 0121C
University of Maryland, College Park


GSG Staff

Caden Fabbi - Chief of Staff

Sneha Sahu - Archivist

Shivika Khare - Notetaker/Webmaster 



Every fee-paying graduate student at the University of Maryland is a member of Graduate Student Government. A smaller number of students, called Program Representatives, convene monthly as an Assembly to discuss issues which require collective action. Anyone can attend these open meetings, but only the Representatives can vote on the resolutions and amendments presented. We follow parliamentary procedure in the Assembly to ensure democratic and reasonably efficient operations.

To learn more about the responsibilities and duties of a Program Representative, please visit our Representative Responsibilities page. 

For a full list of programs with open seats, please click here.

Governing Documents


The governing documents of the GSG are the Constitution and the Bylaws. Changes to the constitution require a referendum that goes out to the graduate student population in which at least 500 students vote. Bylaws, on the other hand, can be changed by a two-thirds majority in the GSG Assembly. Click on the following links to download the documents: