Graduate Student Career Council

History & Organization

The Graduate Student Career Council began in the fall of 2017. The Council is led by the Center for Career Development’s Graduate Assistant for Graduate Student Programs and Services, with guidance from the Assistant Director of Graduate Student Career Programs and Services.

Role of Council Members

Council members are volunteers, who provide new insights and constructive feedback, and engage in career development initiatives within their fields of study and departments.

Council Members:

  • Initiate and lead individual projects;
  • Promote programs and services in informal and structured ways within departments;
  • Invest in their own career development;
  • Provide insight to create and shape future career offerings for graduate students;
  • Engage with others about career options/career diversity;
  • Develop knowledge about career services.

Application Process

Applications are accepted spring through summer, with occasional rolling applications for individuals who are already well-organized with a career initiative ready to put into place.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree at UConn that is housed at the Storrs Campus
  • Enrolled in the full academic year(s) in which serving
  • Commit to serve 1-academic year with opportunity to renew role with approval from Assistant Director of Graduate Student Career Programs and Services
  • Attendance at monthly Council meetings (which are expected to be held virtually in Fall 2020)
  • Must be in good academic standing

The Graduate Student Career Council program is committed to creating an inclusive environment that encourages innovation and supports the communities and individuals the Center for Career Development serves. We strongly encourage the participation of individuals from all social identities such as race, color, ethnicity, religion/spirituality, age, national origin, ancestry, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, physical and mental abilities, and gender identity or expression, as well as various life experiences and perspectives, military service, and past and current employment.

2019-2020 Members
GSCC Graduate Assistant Leader: Tithi Basu Mallik – Philosophy
Lynne Alexander – Social Work
Badar Almarri – Computer Science & Engineering
Cristian Aviles-Martin – Chemistry
Jun He – Economics
Jillian Ives – Leadership and Education Policy
Chamundeswari Koppisetti – Applied Financial Mathematics
Samadrita Kuiti – English
Kelly Mahaffy – English
Elshaimaa Ali – Applied Genomics
Sylvia Pu – Sociology
Anida Sundara – Business Administration
Katie Webber – Communication
Megan Willison – Anthropology

2018-2019 Members
GSCC Graduate Assistant Leader: Tithi Basu Mallik – Philosophy
Taiye Adakole – Molecular & Cell Biology
Lynne Alexander – Social Work
Elshaimaa Ali – Applied Genomics
Badar Almarri – Computer Science and Engineering
Latanya Brandon – Curriculum and Instruction
Jessica Martin – Chemistry
Karen Piantek – Communications
Sylvia Pu – Sociology
Gabrielle Saint Vil – Biostatistics
Preeti Srinivasan – Communications
Lauren Stauffer – History
Megan Willison – Anthropology
Jin Xu – Applied Financial Mathematics


GSCC Application