Student committees

Positions for 2020-2021

Positions become effective on July 1st of each year.

EECB Student President (1)

Steve Hromada

EECB Student President should be a student who has passed written comprehensives.

  • Organize a minimum of two student meetings per year (more if needed)
  • Serve as liaison between students and EECB director and faculty
    • Join faculty listserv in order to receive all pertinent emails
    • Faculty contact: Lee Dyer, EECB Director
  • Organize beginning of year social function
  • Engage EECB students to participate in decisions, functions, etc. related to EECB
  • Keep in touch with other EECB officers to ensure duties are being met
  • Jenkins Award: solicit nominations from EECB students, select finalists, and collect votes.  Engrave Jenkins Award plaque and announce recipient at final spring colloquium.
  • Attend and welcome new graduate student cohort at New Student Orientation

Admissions Representative (1)

Stephanie Coronado

Coordinator should be well into their Ph.D. research or possess a Masters degree.

  • Attend admissions committee meetings and review prospective student applications
    • Faculty contact: Marjorie Matocq

Colloquium Logistics Committee (6)

Julia Brockman (F), Kirsten Charles (F), Josh Hallas (F), Lacy Hankin (S), Madeleine Lohman (S), Kelli McKeegan (S), Danielle Miles (S), Masoud Rostami (F)

  • Send email announcements [if the host prefers] and post fliers
  • Ensure all reimbursement paperwork is complete
  • Help speaker get set up properly in colloquium room before the talk
  • Provide snacks for reception

Colloquium Nomination Committee (4)

Aramee Diethelm, Trevor Faske, Chris Halsch, Kelly Robinson

  • One representative for each section: Ecology, Evolution, Conservation Biology, and Ecosystem/Plant Science
  • Solicit nominations for colloquium speakers before the fall and spring semesters
  • Organize schedule of speakers for each semester
  • Work with website committee to ensure colloquium is up-to-date on web page

Justice, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) committee

Valentina Alaasam, Stephanie Coronado, Cas Carroll, Lydia Doan, Akhila Gopal, Anjana Parandhaman, Saw Sudta | Email the JEDI committee

  • Collect survey data on the experiences, needs and resource access of underrepresented students and faculty members within EECB
  • Organize spaces and events for underrepresented students within the EECB program
  • Coordinate with the EECB program director to ensure all underrepresented students have needed resources and support
  • Establish connections with diversity committees outside of the EECB program to share ideas and community space

EECB JEDI committee website

Ecolunch Coordinator (1-2)

Fall: Avery Grant
Spring: Devon Picklum

  • Reserve meeting room through UNR Reservations and Scheduling
  • Schedule speakers to give Ecolunch and send out announcements
  • Arrange for pizza delivery and handle itemized receipts
  • Apply for club funds from GSA [optional]

Grants Committee (1+)

Alison Agneray 

  • Manage grant calendar and send grant deadline reminders to listserv

New Student Orientation Committee (1-2)

Steve Hromada, Kelli McKeegan, Angela Pitera, Keely Rodriguez 

  • Add contact information to Ph.D program page and respond to emails received
  • Organize new EECB student orientation before the fall semester each year
  • Update and distribute student orientation handbook to all new and transfer students
  • Organize post-orientation meet-up for new and continuing students

Outreach Coordinators (2+)

Tessa Behnke, Ally Coconis, Jen Heppner, Nadya Muchoney, Angela Pitera, Dani Salcido, Ben Sonnenberg, Santiago Villamarin

  • Establish and maintain connections with on- and off-campus community service and science education organizations (e.g., Museum of Natural History, Darwin Day, Upward Bound, TRIO, BBBS, TINS, Nevada Bugs & Butterflies, Discovery Museum, etc.)
  • Organize two outreach activities per year and encourage EECB student participation

Political Outreach (6+)

 Tara Christensen, Trevor Faske, Leah Prescott, Dani Salcido, Ranae Zauner

  • Work with EECB faculty to provide resources to politicians about the effects of global change in Nevada to a global scale.

Representatives to Faculty (2)

Anson Call and Nadya Muchoney 

  • Attend faculty meetings and report meeting minutes to EECB students
    • Faculty contact: Lee Dyer, EECB Director
  • Attend curriculum meetings, suggest student ideas for new classes and restructuring or elimination of old classes, and report meeting minutes to EECB students
    • Faculty contact: Angela Smilanich

Representative to GSA Council (1) [optional]

EECB does not have a dedicated GSA representative position; interested students should run for election in their respective college.

  • Serve as a liaison between EECB students, faculty, and the Graduate School
  • Alert EECB students and faculty to relevant issues

Social Committee (2+)

Casey Adkins, Valentina Alaasam, Ericka Kay, Ciara Sheets, Anna Tatarko

  • Plan EECB student parties (responsible for communication with faculty host, purchase of food and beverages and coordination with Graduate Director)

Website Committee (3+)

Lauren Benedict, Leanne Diss, Katy Uckele

  • Designate at least one committee member for CMS training and site access for content updates
  • Designate at least one committee member for calendar administrator account
  • Solicit information annually and update pages of students, postdocs, faculty, and alumni (CMS account required)
  • Update news feed regularly with major grants, publications, awards, media coverage, etc. (CMS account required)
  • Update calendar regularly with colloquium, ecolunch, candidate seminars, defenses, outreach, grant deadlines, etc. (calendar administrator account recommended)
  • Ensure new students are subscribed to the EECB student sympa listserv (sympa owner/administrator account required)