Department Representatives

Each graduate degree-awarding department is asked to provide one representative to the Council. Representitves attend Council meetings with voting rights and often serve on additional committees.

The more representation we have in the GSA, the more we can ensure that graduate student voices are being heard on campus. Often departments are without a representitive; check below to see if your department is in need.

Currently, department reps are paid $100 for each quarter that they participate in the GSA Council. Grads who also serve on a committee or council are paid an additional stipend quarterly. 

How to become a department rep: 

1)    Check the list of current department reps below to see if your department spot is vacant. 

2)    Check with the other grads in your department to ensure they will support you as their representative.

3)    Come to one of our Council meetings and introduce yourself as a new rep. You will be confirmed by a Council vote.

Note: In the event that two or more students wish to represent their department, a departmental graduate student vote will be held.

4)    Attend Council meetings and required trainings to get your stipend.


Current Representatives:

Note: This may be an incomplete or innacurate list of departments. It has been pulled from the Graduate Division's website, and may not reflect recent changes in academic divisions' structures. 


Department/Program Representative
Applied Economics & Finance  
Applied Mathematics  
Astronomy & Astrophysics Rachel Bowens-Rubin
Biomedical Science & Engineering  
Biomolecular Engineering & Bioinformatics (BMEB)  
Chemical Biology, Biochemistry, & Biophysics (CB3)  
Chemistry & Biochemistry  
Coastal Science & Policy  
Compuational Media Jared Petit
Computer Engineering  
Computer Science Val Purohit
Digital Arts & New Media Michael Becker
Earth & Planetary Sciences Brynna Downey
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Julia Gardner Harencar
Education Kylie Kenner
Electrical Engineering  
Environmental Studies  
Feminist Studies  
Film & Digital Media  
Games & Playable Media  
History of Consciousness  
Latin American & Latino Studies  Mario Gomez
Literature Angie Sijun Lou
Microbial Biology & Pathogenesis (MICRO)  
Microbiology & Environmental Toxicology  
Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology  Francisco Mendez Diaz
Ocean Sciences  
Philosophy Emily Robertson
Physics David Laubner
Politics Sasha Wasserman
Program in Biomedical Science & Engineering  
Psychology Audrey Morrow
Science Communication  
Scientific Computing & Applied Mathematics  
Serious Games  
Social Documentation  
Sociology  James Sirigotis
Technology & Information Management  
Theater Arts  
Visual Studies Madison Treece

UCSC Graduates Demand Equal Pay for Equal Work! 


Our monthly wage is $2434 before tax. This monthly wage is only for the 9 months of the year for which we are employed, totaling $21,906 before tax. Santa Cruz is one of the least affordable counties for renters in the country.


We demand a Cost of Living Adjustment for every* graduate student to bring us out of rent burden. 

At current rates, this amounts to an additonal $1,412 per month.** The COLA must be adjusted annually to keep up with the rental market. 


Adjusting salaries for the cost of living is common in private and public sector jobs in California.s. 


COLA is also a demand to recognize the precarity of our seasonal unemployment as graduate student workers, who make a monthly wage of $2434 but an annual wage of $21,906, because the UC Boss only employs us for 9 months out of the year. 


*Regardless of residence, visa, documentation, employment or funding status

 **Sharing a two- or three-bedroom apartment, based on median rental figures from April 2018 - August 2019 (source: Zillow Rental Index)