May 29, 2015

University of Rochester AS&E GSA

Welcome the AS&E 2014-2015 GSA Officers!!

GSA aims to foster personal growth, leadership, and opportunities to all students in an Arts, Science & Engineering graduate programs; members can then apply and integrate these concepts through various academic events, social activities, as well as other program related activities/events. The GSA officers are here to help in any way. In the table below you can find the contact information of the 2014-2015 GSA board of officers and please feel free to contact them as needed. Also provided is a photo and a brief bio of each GSA officer.


President            Wei Lai
Social Programming Amanda Davis
Academic Programming Allison Browar
Student Advocacy Jingqui Li
Treasurer Stephanie Daifuku
Communications Hongying Sun
Information Technology Carmen Cortazar



photo Wei

I am a PhD student in the department of Physics and Astronomy. I got my Bachelor degree in Physics from the University of Science and Technology of China. Currently I work in the High-Intensity Femtosecond Laser group. My research focuses on the response of electrons to strong external laser fields, which involves some fundamental yet intriguing phenomena like enhanced ionization and attosecond science. I serve as the 2014-15 GSA President. I am working to build a better connection between grad students and the university administration, to improve students’ graduate school experience.




Social Programming Officer


I am a Ph.D. student in the Physics department. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in Engineering Physics, I came to Rochester to work in the Plasma and Ultrafast Physics Group at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, studying laser-energy coupling to fusion targets through mass-ablation-rate measurements. As the Social Programming Officer, I aim to help AS&E graduate students get connected and provide fun events to help students take a break from work!




Academic Programming Officer


I am a Ph.D. student in the Mechanical Engineering department.  I work with the Precision Instrumentation Group and am an IGERT cohort.  My research focuses on using additive manufacturing for reflective optics with applications in solar energy.  Before I came to the University of Rochester, I earned a bachelor of science in Physics at RIT.  Then, I worked for a laser manufacturing company for three years.  My goal is to help students learn about life after academics and help provide students with tools they need to get a job and/or start a career.






GSA has a new Treasurer!

GSA would like to congratulate and welcome Stephanie Daifuku as the new GSA Treasurer! Stephanie is a PhD student in the department of Chemistry. She has rich experience in organizing events, serving her community, and volunteering work. We are very glad to have her in the GSA board. Stephanie will be taking charge of funding requests from graduate student groups or organizations, the conference travel funding processing and approval, and handling reimbursements or refunds. If you have funding requests for your graduate group or your conference travel in the future, please contact her at or email the GSA board at

The GSA Treasurer is responsible for approving funding requests from other graduate student groups or organizations and working with accountants to handle all reimbursement or refund processes. For more information, please take a look at our website: .

Communications Officer


 I am a Ph.D. student in the Biology department and I am working in the Medical Center. My research is nucleic acid nearest neighbor parameter derivation and structure prediction. As the Communications Officer, I take minutes of the GSA board meeting as well as Department Representatives’ Meeting and distribute the minutes to all the Officers. All the minutes are open and available to everyone on GSA website, too. I also forward GSA communiques to the College’s graduate student population by sending out weekly GSA Newsletter via the college grads mailing list.



Information Technology Officer


I am a Master’s student in the Electrical & Computer Engineering department, a mother to four fantastic children, and a wife. As a research assistant in the Wireless Communications and Networking Group, my research includes Emotion Sensing using mobile computing and Android application development. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX where I am from. Currently, I hold the GSA Information Technology Officer position for the second year. I look forward to making this a very successful year.


Lastly, GSA is under the guidance of faculty advisor Janice Van Opdorp for the second year. Janice is the Director of Graduate Programs for the school of Arts, Sciences and Engineering and has done a fantastic job as the liaison between university officials and GSA officers. The GSA board of officers greatly appreciates the time and dedication Janice exerts. Below is the contact information for Janice Van Opdorp.

Janice M. Van Opdorp
Director of Graduate Studies
Arts, Sciences and Engineering
Lattimore Hall – Room 222
PO Box 270401
Phone: 585-275-5762


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