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GSS Executive Council Elections

Statments of Purpose

Devin Champagne

I believe that providing a voice for graduate students is vital to the success of a university. This is especially true for UVM considering that graduate students represent a significant portion of the student population and have impacts well beyond what can be easily documented on paper. If elected President, I will work to ensure that through the Graduate Student Senate our concerns and suggestions are heard across campus. I am currently a second year Ph.D. student in the Cellular, Molecular, and Biomedical Sciences program, and therefore have specific knowledge of issues concerning graduate students. I have the experience necessary for this position as I previously served as a senator in the Student Government Association at Southeastern Louisiana University and have also sat on several committees both at Southeastern and here at UVM. As President, I will provide a voice for all graduate programs to stay true to UVM’s vision of being a premier small research university.

Vice President
Adam Nock

I am a fourth year PhD student in the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics program. I’ve been the senator for my department for all four years thus far and I’ve watched the Graduate Student Senate grow. We’ve gained important representation on a lot of university committees that we’ve previously had no say in before. Part of the benefit of being a more active part of the UVM community as a body is that it’s given us greater visibility and political currency to advance the interests of graduate student. The previous Executive Councils have set a high bar and I want to make sure that we don’t lose the momentum they’ve left us with. Previously, I’ve served on local committees in my hometown including the local Environmental Commission. There I participated in the organization of community events and learned how to navigate contentious issues. I intend to use those experiences to serve as Vice-President on the Executive Council for the coming year and I’m excited to have the opportunity to serve.

Shashank Jain

I am a 5th year graduate student pursing my PhD in the Department of Chemistry. I arrived in USA almost 8 years ago and during my time here, I have been involved with various organizations all around campus including Indian student association. During my time at UVM, I have served as the treasurer of Indian student association for past 2 academic year which has given me unique experience and a great deal of awareness regarding working of university policies. Involvement with Graduate student senate has provided me with great joy and benefits over past few years and I think it’s time for me to do my part and give back to the University and continue to foster the mission of GSS that promotes institutional support for graduate students. I am highly organized and pay strong attention to detail. My communication skills are above par and my previous experience of being a treasurer makes me a well-rounded candidate for the treasurer position at GSS. If elected for this position, I promise to offer my full support towards Graduate Student Senate. Looking forward to serve the GSS executive council.

John Gilbert

This Graduate Student Senate is a great resource for grad students at UVM and fosters a sense of community. The GSS exec committee lies at the core of this community, and provides numerous opportunities and services to grad students throughout the university. I've been involved in the GSS for the past two semesters, representing the Geology Department. It would be a great experience to serve as secretary. This position helps communicate the activities of the GSS as well as developing programs and activities that benefit grad students. I appreciate everyone's consideration!

Outreach and Programs Director
Michelle DiPinto

My name is Michelle DiPinto and during the fall 2014 semester I served as a chemistry senator for the Graduate Student Senate (GSS). Throughout my time here at UVM I have strived to get involved not only in research and teaching, as being a graduate student requires, but also forming ties with the UVM graduate student population and Burlington community through various social and service events. I believe that by integrating academic life and service with other students of various backgrounds and interests will lead to a stronger, well-rounded, and connected population. With these intentions in mind, I would like to run for the Outreach and Programs Director in the hopes of aiding the growing graduate population of the University of Vermont through the Graduate State Senate. Thank you.

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