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HCS Graduate Student Association

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The HCS Graduate Student Association (HCS GSA) is an organization for graduate students, led by graduate students. The purpose of the HCS GSA is to provide opportunities for interaction of current and incoming graduate students, improve student’s professional development skills through networking and professional events, provide a forum to plan academic and social events within HCS, and to serve as a liaison between graduate students and the departmental administration. All graduate students in HCS are automatically members of the GSA. The HCS GSA is also responsible for organizing the annual Graduate Research Symposium, where HCS students and faculty from both campuses come together to share their research. 

HCS Graduate Student Association Constitution 


  1. Provide opportunities for interaction between graduate students. 
  2. Improve students professional skills. 
  3. Provide a forum to plan academic and social events. 
  4. To serve as a liason between graduate students and departmental administration. 

Additional Information

  • Responsible for forming the Graduate Research Symposium planning committee. 
  • Nominates student representaties to the Graduate Studies Committe, Executive Advisory Committee, and to attend faculty meetings. 
  • Plan graduate student social events. 
  • Act as a hub of information for incoming students. 

Ways for Graduate Students to Get Involved

  • Come to our social events to take a break from work, have a good time, and get to know your colleagues.
  • Help out with the organizing process (from June to October) of the Graduate Research Symposium (We always need help!).
  • Apply to become a GSA officer (Application and election takes place in December every year).
  • Reach out to one of the officers or advisors to ask on how you can get involved with GSA or to share your ideas on how GSA can serve you better.
  • Visit our Facebook group to get updated on our upcoming activities


Current Officers 

President: Jack McCoy

Vice President: Tu Huynh

Treasurer: Tom McKean

Treasurer-elect: Ben Eggers

Secretary: Jenna Moore

Media Coordinator: Kaylee South

Social Events Chair: Jordan Hartman

Student Representative - EAC and Faculty Meeting: Nathan Nordstedt

Student Representative - Graduate Studies Committee: Yiyun Lin

Student Representative -  EAC and Faculty Meeting: Keeley Overmyer


Dr. Jessica Cooperstone

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