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Graduate Student Association

Executive Board Roles and Duties

The executive board oversees the administration of the GSA and serves as the first line of communication between the GSA and the rest of the University at large. When contacting the GSA, it is normally better to address the entire exec board to ensure that your message is heard and answered, but if you need to reach out to a particular member, they are listed here for your reference.

  • President: James Withrow
    • Executive Liason for the Special Projects and Political Action Committee
    • Addresses graduate student concerns, Inter-University networking, communicates with graduate student body
  • Vice President of External AffairsJudith Rivera
    • Executive Liason for the Community Service Committee
    • University standing committees, organizes GSA community service events, represents GSA
  • Vice President of Internal Affairs: Lydia Koropeckyj-Cox
    Executive Liason for the Department of Outreach and Leadership Committee

    • Best Practices Award, Representative resource, and constitutional amendments
  • Vice President of Academic Affairs: Sugandha Singh
    • Executive Liason for the Research Recognition Committee
    • GSA Award for Conferences, Graduate Research Symposium
  • Vice President of Communication: Deveshwar Hariharan
    • Executive Liason for the Publicity Committee
    • Listserv, website updates, and technological concerns
  • VP of  Student Governance Relations: Mike Madden
    • Represent the graduate students in student governance structures
  • Secretary: Rachel Atkins
    • Executive Liason for the Teaching Effectiveness Committee
    • Outstanding TA Awards, meeting minutes, and historicizing the organization
  • Treasurer: Emily Reed
    • Executive Liason for the Social Committee
    • Yearly budget, honoraria/block grant, social events

Executive Board Bios

President: James Withrow

Hello Wolfpack grad students!

I am a PhD student in the Biology and Entomology programs studying social and reproductive behavior in honey bees. My research is focused on understanding queen-queen and worker-queen interactions to create colonies with multiple queens at a time to increase colony productivity and protect against queen failure. As President my role is to lead the Executive Board and represent the interests of the graduate student body to university administration and other entities. I also work closely with the GSA Special Projects committee, which addresses a wide range of grad student concerns. Some of my goals for this year are to promote university action on financial and mental health concerns in the grad student population. I am also working to increase collaboration with undergraduates through Student Government and with grad students at other NC universities to more effectively promote our collective student interests.



Vice President of External AffairsJudith Rivera

Hello, friends and fellow grad students! This is Judy and I am a PhD Candidate in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) on the biomedical imaging track.  My research primarily focuses on radiation therapy technology development and applications for cancer research. I love what I do and look forward to continuing this exciting work developing novel ways to use radiation to cure cancer in the future!  As the Vice President External, I oversee the coordination of our GSA with other organizations and entities, both internal (such as the University Standing Committees) and external to the university (such as the GSA’s of UNC-Chapel Hill/Duke/etc… or the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students (NAGPS)).  I also oversee the GSA Legislative Affairs and Student Advocacy (LASA) internal committee, dedicated to advocating on behalf of NC State graduate-professional students at the local, state, and federal level to policymakers.  Basically, it is my job to ensure that your voice is heard!  I sincerely look forward to continue serving you and the needs and interests of all our NC State graduate and professional students in the coming year!  Feel free to email me, or stop by the GSA office anytime to say “Hello!”, chat, or let me know how GSA can help make your time here at NC State the best that it can be. ”


Vice President of Internal Affairs: Lydia Koropeckyj-Cox

Hi! My name is Lydia and I’m a master’s student in the Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences Department. My research focuses on the transport of chemical contaminants from groundwater to streams in the coastal plain of North Carolina. I previously served as representative for my department’s GSA and as a member of the GSA Judicial Committee. I have recently taken on the position of VP of Internal Affairs on the executive board of GSA, and as part of my role, I act as executive liaison to the Judicial Committee and as a general resource for representatives. The Judicial Committee works to review constitutional documents and make amendments and updates as needed. When I’m not serving on GSA or working on my thesis, I enjoy hiking, taking pictures of fungi, and sharing memes with my friends. I look forward to serving my fellow NC State graduate and professional students in the new year!




Vice President of Academic Affairs: Sugandha Singh

My name is Sugandha Singh. I am a PhD student Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering. My research is mostly related to earthquake engineering which includes proposing easier and accurate procedures for predicting seismic response of safety-related electrical equipment in Nuclear Power Plants and studying parameters that define earthquake and further proposing methodology to predict ground motions in Central & Eastern United States. I have been working with GSA for past three years as a member of Research Recognition Committee and am very excited to continue working with the committee as their executive liaison. I will further aim to get even more funding for travels of graduate students as well as compiling a list of other scholarships that may be available for students to apply. I have also represented GSA at Council on the Status of Women at NC State for past two years and helped organize Annual Sisterhood Dinner as well as pushed to increase the scope of Campus Escort Service so that it is more useful for graduate and international students. When I am not working on my research or with GSA, I also volunteer at YMCA mentoring a very energetic and bright young girl. I enjoy traveling (which is where most of my paycheck goes!), photography, tormenting my little dachshund puppy, dancing, swimming and badminton.


Vice President of Communication: Deveshwar Hariharan

I am Deveshwar, a masters student in Computer Engineering. I am extremely interested in developing algorithms for machine learning, artificial intelligence and in the applications of the same for real-world problems. I am currently focused on incorporating algorithms into autonomous systems that can be used for large scale information processing. I have also taken the position of the VP of communications at the GSA. I mostly handle the social media outlets and the website of the GSA. Additionally I am the executive liaison for the CASE committee which plans the social and community events for the year. When too much of this is going on, I often take a break to do my favorite hobby, photography. I also love calisthenics and try to spend at least an hour in the morning everyday doing that.





VP of  Student Governance Relations: Mike Madden

I’m Mike Madden and I’m a third-year Ph.D. student in the Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences department. I study climate change and its impacts on heavy summertime rainfall in the U.S. Southeast, which requires a lot of time with supercomputers and data processing. I love it as this form of study combines two of my passions, computing and nature. On the side, I am an amateur pianist and I am a huge trivia junkie. As the VP of Student Government Relations, I ensure that graduate student concerns are communicated to the Student Government of NC State and that the Graduate Senator spots within the Senate are filled. I also serve as the liaison between the Graduate Student Association and the Student Government /Student Senate. I have a couple of goals: I would like to strengthen the GSA’s position as a body of advocacy and encourage more graduate students to realize their power to affect change, be it through the GSA, the Student Senate, or through other means and I want to strengthen the Senate’s awareness of graduate issues and help them recognize the important work that graduate students undertake.



Secretary: Rachel Atkins

I’m a PhD student in the Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric sciences department. My research involves coupling surface geomorphology and tectonic processes to understand Mars’ and other planetary surface evolution. As the Secretary I record the minutes of the All Council and Executive board meetings and communicate with departmental chapters to ensure they maintain good standing and that our representative roster is up to date. I also serve as the executive liaison to the Teaching Effectiveness Committee which allows me to work with fellow graduate students to recognize the hard work of our outstanding graduate teachers and teaching assistants here at NC State. Outside of my research and GSA duties, I enjoy drinking coffee on my back porch, riding my bike to fun places and adventure traveling.



Treasurer: Emily Reed

I am a PhD student in Biology studying how urbanization affects the dispersal of the invasive Asian Tiger Mosquito in Wake County. I completed my bachelor’s at UNC-Asheville in French in 2014 and worked for several years in various zoos and restaurants before beginning graduate school here at NC State. I am an amateur jigsaw puzzle assembler and am the Catan champion of my department. As treasurer, I want to create a transparent and open finance process for GSA and invite feedback and questions from students. I am particularly passionate about mental healthcare for NCSU graduate students. I am excited to join the GSA executive board team for 2018/2019 and am looking forward to a great year.