running for: Department Representative
I am a 3rd year PhD candidate in the laboratory of Dr. Andrew Donini. I have studied at York University for more years than I’d like to admit (Undergrad, Master’s, PhD), and have become well acquainted with most of my peers and faculty within the Department of Biology. My research in the area of Comparative Physiology encompasses techniques and concepts from the cellular/molecular level to the ecological level, so I can sympathize with most of my fellow graduate student’s struggles day-to-day. I, too, survive on coffee and cookies from seminars, all while trying to balance TA duties, coursework, research, writing (or procrastinating, really), and constantly apologizing for being late because of the TTC. Fortunately, I am just a few doors away from the many members of the committees who make the important decisions for us, and I am even on a first name basis with most of them (not to name drop…). I deeply care about our well-being and success as graduate students in all of our current and future endeavors, and after recent (frightening, but eye-opening) life events I would like to make a bigger difference to those around me instead of using my free time to Netflix and chill. If I am elected as Department Representative, I will not stop working for us and I will ensure that within the Department our interests/concerns/criticisms are always heard and that we never have to present in another Biology seminar again (just kidding…kind of). Previously, I have been involved in the Graduate Peer Mentorship program and the Association for Research Placement at York, and if elected this will be my first year with AGSBS. Your vote is greatly appreciated!
The Executive Board meets multiple times and as necessary throughout the year to discuss strategies and plans. The team takes direction from and reports their progress to the membership at General Meetings which occur about a couple of times every semester. The Executive Board is in charge of upholding the constitution, advising and providing support to Committees and Representatives.