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The Graduate Student Caucus is led by the GSC President, who is also the elected GSC representative to ASTR’s EC. The GSC’s cabinet includes the President-Elect, the Vice-President, and the Secretary/Historian.

Each of the GSC's committees is led by a chairperson who is appointed by the GSC President. See the next section on committees for details.

The GSC suggests to the ASTR President, via election, representatives to serve on various ASTR committees. Currently, the GSC has voting representatives on annual conference Program Committees, the Committee on Conferences, and the Fundraising Committee.


Eligibility to Serve

Any GSC member may be elected or appointed to a leadership position within the Caucus via the processes detailed below. For elections / appointments to be valid, individuals selected must be currently enrolled graduate students both at the time of election / appointment and on upon the commencement of their term. If a member holding a leadership position completes their graduate studies during their term, they may continue to serve until the end of the term, provided they remain members of both ASTR and the GSC (see the previous section on membership).


Note: per this policy, candidates for the position of GSC President must plan to remain graduate students for both the entirety of the current and following academic years at the time of their election. That is, they must plan to remain graduate students for their entire term as Vice-President/President-Elect, and until at least May of their year as President.


GSC Cabinet Positions

The GSC Cabinet consists of the following positions, elected by the GSC membership:

GSC President, Representative to the Executive Committee 

GSC Vice President, Representative to the Committee on Conferences

GSC Vice President, Representative to the Annual Conference Committee

GSC Secretary, Representative to the Fundraising Committee

GSC Representative to the Committee on New Paradigms in Graduate Education

Additionally, Committee Chairs are appointed by the EC on an as-needed basis.

Cabinet Positions Explained


President & GSC Representative to the Executive Committee 


SCOPE & DUTIES


  • Oversees holistic organization of the GSC as directed by its membership at large;
  • Works closely with the GSC Cabinet and ASTR President;
  • Advocates for graduate student opportunities to actively participate in ASTR;
  • Guides GSC initiatives and delegates responsibilities for timely completion; and
  • Participates in the ASTR Executive Committee meetings in March and November.


TERM: One year as GSC President (November 2013-November 2014)


*To run for President of the GSC the candidate must have previously served on the GSC Cabinet.




GSC Vice-President and Representative to the Committee on Conferences


SCOPE & DUTIES


  • Assists the GSC President in oversight of GSC operations & initiatives;
  • Represents the GSC general membership to the ASTR Committee on Conferences;
  • Acts as liaison between ASTR Annual Conference Committee, the GSC cabinet and
  • GSC general membership;
  • Helps to oversee the operations of the GSC collectively;
  • In the following year’s election, automatically becomes nominee for the position of GSC
  • President in the absence of other nominations.


TERM: One year (ex. November 2013-November 2014)




GSC Vice-President and Representative to the Annual Conference Committee


SCOPE & DUTIES


  • Assists the GSC President in oversight of GSC operations & initiatives;
  • Represents the GSC general membership to the ASTR Annual Conference Committee;
  • Acts as liaison between ASTR Annual Conference Committee, the GSC cabinet and
  • GSC general membership;
  • Helps to oversee the operations of the GSC collectively;
  • In the following year’s election, automatically becomes
  • nominee for the position of GSC President in the absence of other nominations.


TERM: One year (November 2013-November 2014)




GSC Secretary / Historian and GSC Representative to the ASTR Fundraising Committee


SCOPE & DUTIES


  • Takes minutes at GSC meetings and distributes minutes and notes to GSC membership;
  • Partners with the ASTR Archivist to document and archive the work of the GSC;
  • Represents the GSC general membership constituency to the ASTR Fundraising Committee;
  • Helps to oversee the operations of the GSC collectively;
  • Acts as liaison between ASTR Fundraising Committee, the GSC cabinet and GSC general membership.


TERM: One year (ex.November 2013-November 2014)




GSC Representative to the ASTR Committee on New Paradigms in Graduate Education


SCOPE & DUTIES


  • Represents the GSC general membership on the Committee on New Paradigms in Graduate Education;
  • Helps to oversee the operations of the GSC collectively;
  • Acts as liaison between this committee, the GSC cabinet and GSC general membership.


TERM: One year (ex. November 2013-November 2014)





GSC Committee Chairs


SCOPE & DUTIES: Coordinate the successful completion of each individual committee's responsibilities. Communicate with committee members and the GSC cabinet to solicit volunteers, plan events, and increase awareness of GSC activities.


TERM: One year (e.g. December 2010-November 2011)


GSC Leadership: Past and Present

2015 - 2016

Stephanie Vella

GSC President, Rep. to the Executive Committee:

Stephanie Vella (The Graduate Center, City University of New York)

Bess Rowen
Vice President, Rep. to the Committee on Conferences:

Bess Rowen (The Graduate Center, City University of New York)
Yasmine M. Jahanmir

Vice President, Rep. to the Annual Conference Committee:

Yasmine M. Jahanmir (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Bryan Schmidt
Secretary, Rep. to the Fundraising Committee:

Bryan Schmidt (University of Minnesota - Twin Cities)
Vicki Haskins Rep. to the New Paradigms in Graduate Education Committee:

Vicki Hoskins (University of Pittsburgh)

Other GSC Leaders

  • Graduate Web ResourcesSara Taylor (Indiana University) 

2014 - 2015

Kellen Hoxworth

GSC President, Rep. to the Executive Committee:

Kellen Hoxworth (Stanford University)

Michelle Salerno
Vice President, Rep. to the Committee on Conferences:

Michelle Salerno (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)
Stephanie Vella

Vice President, Rep. to the Annual Conference Committee:

Stephanie Vella (The Graduate Center, City University of New York)

Sarah Campbell
Secretary, Rep. to the Fundraising Committee:

Sarah Campbell (Indiana University)
Haddy Kreie Rep. to the New Paradigms in Graduate Education Committee:

Haddy Kreie (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Other GSC Leaders

  • Conference Assistance Committee: Shelby Brewster (University of Pittsburgh); Lauren Graffin (University of Ulster)
  • Mentorship Committee: Katie Turner (University of California, Irvine); Guy Zimmerman (University of California, Irvine)
  • Peer Mentorship & Networking Committee: Shamell Bell (University of California, Los Angeles); Mika Lior (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Graduate Web Resources: Sara Taylor (Indiana University) 


2013 - 2014

Michelle Mensah

GSC President, Rep. to the Executive Committee:

Michelle Cowin-Mensah (Bowling Green State University)


Vice President, Rep. to the Committee on Conferences:

Allan Davis (University of Maryland, College Park)
Kellen Hoxworth

Vice President, Rep. to the Annual Conference Committee:

Kellen Hoxworth (Stanford University)


Secretary, Rep. to the Fundraising Committee:

Amanda Boyle (University of Kansas)
Rep. to the New Paradigms in Graduate Education Committee:

Sara Boland-Taylor (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

Other GSC Leaders

Graduate Web Resources: Danielle Rosvally (Tufts University)
Conference Assistance: Areum Jeong (University of California, Los Angeles); Ira Murfin (Northwestern University)
GSC Mentorship: Shamell Bell (University of California, Los Angeles); Christiana Molldrem Harkulich (University of Pittsburg)

2012 - 2013

Kellyn Johnson

GSC President, Rep. to the Executive Committee:

Kellyn Johnson (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Vice President, Rep. to the Committee on Conferences:

Eero Laine (Graduate Center of the City University of New York)

Vice President, Rep. to the Annual Conference Committee:

Allan Davis (University of Maryland, College Park)

Secretary, Rep. to the Fundraising Committee:

Michelle Cowin-Mensah (Bowling Green State University)

Rep. to the New Paradigms in Graduate Education Committee:

Michael Morris (Tufts University)

Other GSC Leaders

Graduate Resources: Kati Sweaney (Northwestern University)
Web Committee: Danielle Rosvally (Tufts University)
Ambassador Program: Beliza Torres Narváez (University of Texas at Austin); Mina Sohaj (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Conference Assistance: Kellen Hoxworth (Stanford University )


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