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 master’s or doctoral degree at UConn and enrolled in academic year(s) 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
  • Must be in good academic standing


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