Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is dedicated to the advancement and development of Graduate and Professional Students at USC. It serves to advocate on behalf of the interests of nearly 7000 graduate and professional students at the University of South Carolina. The GSA works closely with administrators, faculty and staff to achieve its goals.

The GSA’s executive officers (President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Graduate Council Representative) are elected by the USC Graduate Student Body and serve a one-year term beginning on May 1st of each year.

The GSA President recruits and appoints ten liaisons that represent various graduate student interests and special populations. Together, the executive officers and liaisons form a graduate student leadership team known as the GSA Executive Committee. The GSA Executive Committee holds monthly formal meetings which are open to all graduate students who wish to attend.

If you have any concerns that the GSA can help address, please feel free to contact any of the executive officers directly, via our email at sogsa@mailbox.sc.edu, by phone at 803-777-2631 or stop by the GSA Office in Byrnes Building 304.

GSA Social Media

GSA in the news

USC Times profile of Former GSA President Danielle Schoffman (2013-2014) | Full Issue
Graduate Student Association on a mission: To make life better for grad students

Officers

Brittany S. Walter, President | walterbs@email.sc.edu
Brittany Walter is the President of the Graduate Student Association and a third year doctoral student studying biological anthropology in the Department of Anthropology. Her research involves investigating the effects of urbanization on past populations of medieval London using skeletal remains. Before coming to USC as a Presidential Fellow in 2012, Brittany received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida as a Florida Opportunity Scholar and her Master of Arts degree as a Dean’s Fellow from the University of Central Florida. She was also chosen as a student spotlight for the USC No Limits campaign.

Brittany has served as the Graduate Council Representative, Programming Liaison, and also as member of the Graduate Finance Committee. She is a member of the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Women’s Issues, Graduate Women’s Committee, and has assisted with several events and policies for graduate students at USC through the GSA since her entrance to USC. Upon her election as President, Brittany has pledged to represent and work on behalf of the diverse and unique nature of graduate student interests, and to build on the legacy GSA has recreated thus far. She looks forward to ensuring that current, effective policies are maintained and that new, exciting ideas are successfully implemented in the coming year.

Meagan Conway, Vice President | conwaymk@email.sc.edu
Meagan Conway is a third year doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology. Her current research interests include colonialism and cultural change, materialization of identity, and household dynamics in frontier spaces. She is originally from Newport News, VA, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and English from the University of Notre Dame. She received a Master of Arts degree in Historical Archaeology from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Meagan has served as GSA Treasurer, and also on the Finance Committee. Through this role, she has worked on many different events and programs. She also serves as supervisory staff on the Cultural Landscapes of the Irish Coast Archaeology Project, which explores thousands of years of island heritage through archaeological excavations, archival work, and oral histories.

Brianna E. Hughes, Treasurer | behughes@email.sc.edu
Brianna Hughes currently serves as the Treasurer for the University of South Carolina Graduate Student Association. She is originally from Baltimore, Maryland and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and History from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, in Southern Maryland. Brianna is in the Library and Information Science program at USC and is pursuing her MLIS degree with a concentration in archives and digital collections. Additionally, she is working towards completion of the Museum Management Certificate. Brianna is the recipient of the Martha Jane Zachert Scholarship and also serves as the graduate student representative to the South Carolina Archival Association and the Thomas Cooper Society. Brianna currently is serving as the Graduate Assistant in the Folklife Resource Center at McKissick Museum. In that role, she is working on the digitization of the Center’s vast oral history collection. She is also a Special Projects Assistant in the Digital Collections Department and the Irvin Department of Special Collections and Rare Books at USC. Prior to her election as treasurer, Brianna served as the Student Health Insurance Liaison.

Danielle E. Schoffman, Graduate Council Representative | schoffmd@email.sc.edu

Danielle E. Schoffman currently serves as the Graduate Council Representative of the USC GSA. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Danielle received a dual Bachelor of Arts Degree from Stanford University majoring in Human Biology and Anthropological Sciences. After graduation, Danielle worked as a project coordinator at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, managing clinical trials for behavioral weight management. In the fall of 2011, she entered the Arnold School of Public Health’s Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior PhD program, and was awarded a Presidential Doctoral Fellowship. Danielle’s research interests include family interventions for obesity prevention and the use of mobile technologies in health behavior research. She is a Graduate Research Assistant for the USC Prevention Research Center, where she works on research projects related to community-engaged physical activity interventions. Danielle has been involved in GSA leadership for the past 3 years; prior to serving as the Graduate Council Representative, Danielle held the positions of President (1.5 years), Graduate Assistant Liaison (1 year), Programming Liaison (5 months), and Vice President (1 month).

Liaisons

Leia Cain, Teaching Assistant Liaison
leiacain@email.sc.edu

Leia Cain serves as the Teaching Assistant Liaison of the University of South Carolina’s Graduate Student Association. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from East Carolina University, her Masters of Education in Educational Research and Measurement at the University of South Carolina, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education at the University of South Carolina. Her research interests include Anti-Oppressive Education, LGBT rights, and classroom assessment. Leia also volunteers with Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands and has served on the Graduate School’s financial literacy committee.


Dominic Casali, Graduate Student Life Liaison
casali@email.sc.edu

Dominic Casali serves as the Graduate Student Life Liaison for the GSA. Dom is from Melbourne, Florida and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology. He is a Presidential Fellow at the University of South Carolina and is in his third year in the Chemical Engineering Ph.D. program, researching supercritical fluid sterilization and decellularization. As Graduate Student Life Liaison, he coordinates intramural sports teams and other recreational activities outside the laboratory and classroom to help graduate students maintain healthy and balanced lives.


Katie Frank, Spouse and Family Liaison
kfranke@email.sc.edu

Kathleen (Katie) B. Franke serves as the Spouse and Family Liaison of the University of South Carolina’s Graduate Student Association. Katie is from Daleville, Virginia, and she received a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Romance Languages from Washington and Lee University in 2011. Before entering graduate school, she provided ABA therapy to children with autism for two years. She is a doctoral student in the School Psychology program at USC, and her research interests include positive psychology, particularly for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. As the Spouse and Family Liaison, Katie advocates for the needs of graduate students with families and she also coordinates social events for graduate students and their families.


Emily Garnett, Communications Liaison
garnette@email.sc.edu

Emily Garnett is a third year doctoral student in the Neurolinguistics Lab in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Carolina. She received a B.S. in Psychology in 2005 and a M.S. in Speech Pathology in 2009, both from West Virginia University. She is an ASHA-certified Speech-Language Pathologist who uses behavioral and neurophysiological methods (e.g. fMRI and tDCS) to investigate speech production, specifically in disorders such as cluttering, stuttering, aphasia, and apraxia of speech. Emily is a 2012 recipient of the New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship from the America Speech Language Hearing Foundation. She also has received a SPARC Graduate Fellowship from USC for her dissertation work involving cortical stimulation in people who stutter. In her free time she plays French horn in the Columbia Community Concert Band. Emily is excited to be part of the GSA and is looking forward to contributing to its mission.


Cameron Horne, Diversity Affairs Liaison
chorne@email.sc.edu

Cameron Horne serves as the Diversity Affairs Liaison on the University of South Carolina’s Graduate Student Association. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography with a minor in Social & Economic Justice from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is currently a first-year master’s student in the department of Geography, specifically under the Hazards Vulnerability Research Institute. His interests lie in Natural Disasters (especially hurricanes), Social Vulnerability as it pertains to the recovery phase particularly, and demographic changes that result. Cameron has completed prestigious research summer experiences under The University of Texas’s Population Research Center and The University of North Carolina Population Center. Interests in racial and class-based inequalities and combating them, as well as a passion for positively impacting younger populations also helps motivate Cam.


Brianna Hughes, Health Insurance Liaison
behughes@email.sc.edu

Brianna Hughes currently serves as the Health Insurance Liaison for the Graduate Student Association. She is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. Brianna received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and History from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, in Southern Maryland. She is in her first year of the Library and Information Science program at USC and is pursuing her M.L.I.S. degree. Brianna is currently serving as the Graduate Assistant in the Distributed Learning Office at the School of Library and Information Science. She also works on Special Projects in the Digital Collections Department and the Irvin Department of Special Collections and Rare Books at USC. Before returning to pursue her Master’s degree, Brianna worked to coordinate health insurance for patients and clients at a small mental health clinic in Blacksburg, Virginia.


Lydie Marc, Organizational Outreach Liaison
lmarc@email.sc.edu

Lydie Marc serves as the Organizational Outreach Liaison of the University of South Carolina’s Graduate Student Association. Prior to attending USC, Lydie worked as a Health Educator for nonprofit organizations providing HIV/AIDS prevention education in the Metro-Atlanta, GA area. She is originally from Boston, MA and is currently studying Health Services Policy and Management as a MPH student at the Arnold School of Public Health. She received her Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences in Community Health from Georgia Southern University. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and interested in health disparities, community development, and health policy. As Organizational Outreach Liaison, Lydie will advocate on behalf of the needs expressed by specific graduate student populations and aid the GSA in partnering with various organizations on campus to bring trainings and awareness relevant to the needs of specific graduate student populations.


Jenna Rogers, Health and Wellness Liaison
jerogers@email.sc.edu

Jenna Rogers serves as the Health and Wellness Liaison for the Graduate Student Association. Jenna, an Atlanta native, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion and Behavior from the University of Georgia. During her undergraduate career she held several internships that were public health related and also participated in student organizations that were geared towards improving the health of the student population. Currently, Jenna is earning a Master of Health Administration degree in the Arnold School of Public Health’s Health Policy and Management Program. Jenna is extremely excited about working with the Graduate Student Association and looks forward to meeting and advocating for other graduate students.


Tiffany Rogers, Graduate Assistant Liaison
tlrogers@email.sc.edu

Tiffany Rogers serves as the Graduate Assistant Liaison of the Graduate Student Association at the University of South Carolina. Tiffany is from Eufaula, AL and attended college at Georgia Southern University, where she received both her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and her Master of Education degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. As a counselor, she has worked in an adolescent treatment facility, substance abuse treatment center for women, and a college counseling center. She is currently in her first year of pursuing her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and works as a Graduate Assistant for the Office of Assessment. Her research interests are women’s issues in counseling, sexual identity development, and gender identity development.


Michaela Schenkelberg, Events and Community Service Liaison
schenkm@email.sc.edu

Michaela Schenkelberg serves as the Events and Community Service Liaison for the Graduate Student Association. A Nebraska native, she graduated from the University of Nebraska Omaha in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Education with an emphasis on Exercise Science and a minor in Spanish. Michaela earned her Master of Public Health degree with an emphasis on physical activity from Kansas State University and is currently pursuing her PhD through the Arnold School of Public Health’s Exercise Science department in the division of Health Aspects of Physical Activity. Michaela is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Children’s Physical Activity Research Group and her research interests include physical activity promotion of young children, the influence of parenting practices and teacher-child interactions on young children’s physical activity, and the influences on physical activity behaviors of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.


Aubrey L. Sejuit, Military Affairs Liaison
astover@email.sc.edu

Aubrey L. Sejuit serves as the Military Affairs Liaison for the Graduate Student Association. She is originally from Shamokin, Pennsylvania. Aubrey earned her A.A. in Letters, Arts, and Sciences in 2004, a B.A. in Sociology, a B.A. in History, and a minor in Information Systems-Statistical Analysis in 2007, and an M.Ed. in Teaching and Curriculum with a certificate of advanced study in Diversity and Community Relations in 2009—All from The Pennsylvania State University. She later earned her M.S.W. in Individuals, Families and Groups and her certificate of advanced studies in Women’s and Gender Studies in 2012 from Syracuse University. After her first semester at Penn State, she was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq with the 203D MI BN as an Intelligence Analyst during Operation Iraqi Freedom. On return from the Middle East, she was awarded the Joint Service Achievement Medal (JSAM) among others. Aubrey served 9 years in the military and attended basic training at Ft. Jackson. Aubrey is a licensed master social worker (LMSW) and a credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselor (CASAC) in the State of New York. She is in the Counselor Education and Supervision Ph.D. program at USC. Aubrey’s research interests include addictions, at-risk youth, educational attainment, and LGBTQI populations.


Md Hassan Zamir, Secretary
zamir@email.sc.edu

Md Hassan Zamir serves as the Secretary of University of South Carolina Graduate Student Association. He is originally from Bangladesh. In 2011 he was awarded an “Opportunity Fund” by the US Department of State to apply for higher studies in the USA. He is currently pursuing his PhD in the School of Library and Information Science as a “Cultural Heritage Informatics Fellow” awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). His research areas revolve around information retrieval, social informatics and data mining. He has earned his Undergraduate and Master degree in the Library and Information Science from Bangladesh. Prior to joining the PhD program, he worked in the digital libraries and information technology departments in various reputed multinational organizations. Currently he is involved with the analyses of tweets with a focus to find more convenient ways of organization, classification and user-need based retrievals of these social media data. As the GSA Secretary he is primarily responsible for composing the meeting agendas, recording minutes and updating the GSA website and social media accordingly.

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