Each year, senators are elected to serve on the GPSS Executive Committee. The Executive Senators for the 2015-2016 year are:
Yasmeen Hussain (Biology)
Yasmeen is a fourth-year PhD student and GPSS Senator in the Biology Department. She comes to UW from the University of Utah, where she obtained a B.S. in Mathematics and Biology and minors in Music and Chemistry. As an undergraduate, Yasmeen was involved in community service, student government, and various jobs and extracurricular activities, and saw no reason to stop just because of grad school. Yasmeen hopes to be a "voice of accountability" for the Senate, to improve efficiency and inclusion, and to continue the GPSS legacy of listening to and supporting graduate and professional students. In her free time, Yasmeen might be found hiking, biking, engaging in science education, reading, or growing/cooking/eating food.
Evan Firth (Oceanography and Astrobiology)
Evan is a fourth-year PhD student in Oceanography and Astrobiology. Her research has taken her to the ends of the Earth itself: the Arctic Circle. She extracts tiny microorganisms from the sea ice and studies how they survive the harsh conditions of the high Arctic. Evan has a passion for science outreach and communication, attempting to make science accessible and exciting for everyone. She hopes to extend this passion towards a powerful synergy between policy and science. This is Evan’s fourth year in GPSS and fourth year serving as an Executive Senator. She has previously chaired the Travel Grants committee, and served on the Finance and Budget committee and the Services and Activities Fee committee, among others. Evan strives to maintain smooth and efficient operation within GPSS, bring novel scientific and political interaction to the table, and serve as a sort of institutional memory in times of personnel turnover. In her spare time, she can be found enjoying late nights of gaming or socializing, eating sushi, or playing with her eight birds, three fish, three hamsters, and one bearded dragon.
Joseph Telegen (English)
Joseph Telegen holds a BA in Literature and Language from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and an MA in English from Western Carolina University. He came to Seattle to begin his doctorate in 2012, and has recently passed the threshold to become a PhC (PhD candidate) and ABD (All But Dissertation). His academic work focuses on rhetorical barriers and opportunities in Israel/Palestine. A published academic and creative writer, Joe cherishes listening to jazz, cheering for the Red Sox and Patriots (a high-risk enterprise in Seattle), and being the most enthusiastic participant he can be in the Graduate and Professional Student Senate.