The GSA Legislative Assembly is comprised of representatives from each department on campus with a graduate program as well a representatives from each campus. It is the job of these representatives to meet once a month at our Legislative Assembly meetings, where we disseminate news of upcoming GSA events, vote on pertinent legislation and initiatives, and study the problems facing our graduate students. Department representatives may involve themselves more in the GSA by sitting on one of our several committees, but the main responsibilities of a representative is to serve as their department's voice at our monthly meetings (informing the GSA of suggestions or concerns from students within their department) and serving as the GSA's voice to their department (delivering relevant GSA information to their fellow graduate students).

Benefits to a graduate student representative include:

  • Networking with graduate students within and outside their department on a social and academic level
  • Networking with graduate students at other universities on a social and political level
  • Inclusion in important decisions and changes for graduate students
  • Familiarity with campus administrators and their roles within the system
  • Knowledge of university structure and policies
  • Leadership Development opportunities
  • Service opportunities (via university committees)

Benefits to those in a represented department include:

  • Becoming more informed of local, regional, and national issues impacting graduate students
  • Networking with graduate students outside and within their department via GSA events
  • Knowing where to take graduate student issues to be solved
  • Knowing where to find solutions to graduate student issues
  • Information on how to start a department GSA
  • Information on how other department GSAs operate
  • Knowledge of university events for grad students

Having strong representation among all departments at UNL allows GSA to further their mission of improving graduate student lives thereby enhancing the conditions for quality graduate research and helping UNL to soon achieve the status of a top 30 research institution.

Representatives are chosen from within their department. Some departments vote on their representative while others simply ask for a volunteer. Search the list below to see if you department is represented. If not, feel free to email us or talk to your departmental graduate chair or secretary to find out more information. If your department's representative is not listed below, please have them email us.

Accountancy Trevor Shonhiwa Email
Agricultural Economics Iuliia Protopop Email
Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication VACANT Email
Agronomy & Horticulture Juthamas Fakthongphan Email
Animal Science Gabriel Mastromano
Hazy Nielson(co-rep) Email
Anthropology John Fitzpatrick Email
Architecture Adam Brown Email
Architectural Engineering & Construction VACANT Email
Art & Art History TJ Edwards Email
Biochemistry VACANT Email
Biological Sciences Malcolm Rosenthal Email
Biological Systems Engineering Abby Kelly Email
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Christina Davis Email
Chemistry VACANT Email
Child, Youth & Family Studies Anh Do Email
Civil Engineering VACANT Email
Communication Studies Jamie Downing (co-rep) Email
Alexis Waters (co-rep) Email
Computer Science & Engineering Taylor Spangler Email
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Sabrina Jauernic Email
Economics Trevor Nelson Email
Educational Administration Diana Awuor Email
Educational Psychology Kirstie Bash Email
Electrical Engineering Derek Sekora Email
English Erica Rogers Email
Entomology Lia Marchi Werle Email
Finance Gillian Jackson Email
Food Science & Technology Andres Doblado-Maldonado Email
History Brian Sarnacki Email
Journalism & Mass Communications Miran Saric Email
Management VACANT Email
Marketing Diane Liu (co-rep) Email
Jenifer Skiba (co-rep) Email
Mathematics Jessalyn Bolkema Email
Mechanical & Materials Engineering Shailesh Ganpule Email
Modern Languages & Literatures Ben Obernolte Email
Music and Dance VACANT Email
Natural Resources Christian Cruz Email
Nutrition & Health Sciences Vanessa Wielenga Ries Email
Philosophy Aaron Elliott Email
Physics & Astronomy Roger Bach Email
Plant Pathology Oscar Pérez Email
Political Science Madeline Johnson Email
Psychology Gregory Degiorlamo Email
Sociology Alexis Swedener Email
Special Education & Communication Disorders Margaret Mitchell Email
Statistics VACANT Email
Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education VACANT Email
Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design VACANT Email
Theater and Film Mallory Prucha Email
Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences Joe Reed Email