Executive Board: Committee Chairs

Committee Chairs organize and run committees for social and professional development, heading the various standing committees on which departmental representatives serve. While they vote as regular GSG members, they do not count as part of the total number of representatives allotted to each department, nor do they act as liaisons with the members of their home departments.


Academic Chair

​Lavanya Rajesh Kumar

Cognitive and Learning Sciences
Friday, 11-12 pm




The Academic Chair oversees the academic needs and development of the graduate student community, investigates and develops recommendations for GSG on academic issues, and organizes the Graduate Research Colloquium and Awards Ceremony.

Lavanya comes with a background in consulting, training and counseling. She is presently pursuing her PhD and has a keen interest in Personality Neuroscience. Lavanya is involved in various student development initiatives and is also a part of the Presidential Search Committee. She likes traveling and interacting with people from various cultures.

 Social Chair

​Kaitlyn (Katy) Roose​

Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Friday, 3:30-4:30 pm


The Social Chair helps build a sense of community among graduate students by organizing social events each semester; assists the vice-president as necessary with Fall and Spring orientation; organizes the Graduate Student Orientation Picnic; and works with other committees, as requested, with the social aspects of workshops, such as catering and reservations.

Katy received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Gannon University while being heavily involved in Student Government, Phi Sigma Sigma, Varsity Softball, and Women's Club Rugby. She currently is pursuing her MS in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors on the way to her PhD. She is interested in video games, signal detection theory, and problem solving. Katy is excited to support her committee in planning social events that graduate students look forward to and are able to socialize freely at (and forget being a student for once!). 


Public Relations Chair

​​Leonid Surovitckii

Geological & Mining Engineering & Sciences
Thursday, 8:30-9:30 am



The Public Relations Chair promotes awareness of GSG in the University community by crafting publicity materials in a variety of communications media, especially the GSG website, and responds to requests for general information from the graduate student body at large.

Leo received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Physics. Now he is doing his PhD in the GMES department in Paleo- and rock magnetism. In addition to a scientific background, Leo has thorough experience in PR and marketing, which he intends to apply in his current position in GSG.


Softball League Coordinator

Season: Summer 2017

Bradley Wells

Biological Sciences




The Softball Coordinator is responsible for planning, coordinating, and organizing the summer GSG Softball League. The coordinator also organizes the clinic before the league starts, the picnic towards the end of the league, and updates the GSG E-Board on a timely manner with the progress of the league.