May 27, 2017

University of Rochester AS&E GSA

Welcome the AS&E 2016-2017 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 2016-2017 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            Valerie Fleischauer
Social Programming Tanya Malhotra
Academic Programming Almudena Escobar Lopez
Student Advocacy Peter Murphy
Treasurer Theresa Iannuzzi
Communications Sreyoshi Sur
Information Technology Wednesday Bushong



GSA photoI am a fourth year PhD student in the Chemistry Department.  I am currently studying mechanisms of iron catalysis and novel F-element molecules using inorganic spectroscopic techniques.  As President I am working to connect graduate students with each other and the Rochester community through managing events and forming relationships with other student groups and staff on campus.



Social Programming

TanyaI am a PhD candidate in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. The focus of my PhD research is on understanding and manipulating the spatial degree of freedom of the electromagnetic fields for nanophotonics, enhanced spatial scene recognition and optical communication.  As the Social Programing Officer with GSA, I am working to arrange fun social events for the graduate student community at U of R. From movie nights at The Little Theater to trips to Rochester Science museum, I am constantly thinking of ideas to make the graduate student time a pleasant and convenient experience for us all (and in the process also explore local Rochester). Please feel free to contact me if you would like GSA to consider any social event or have any suggestions/ideas!

Academic Programming


I am a Ph.D. student in the Visual and Cultural Studies program in the Art and Art History Department. My research focuses on film studies particularly on collectivity and filmmakers’ cooperatives. As the Academic Programming Officer, I will advocate for a professional and academic development program, which will equally promote sciences and humanities. I believe that the GSA programming should be inclusive and accessible for every graduate student. Therefore, I would research and develop seminars and activities that will truly serve the needs of our diverse graduate student community. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions.


Student Advocacy

I am a Ph.D. student in the Visual & Cultural Studies program in the Art & Art History department. My research focuses on 20th century European painting and 20th century American photography. I study these subjects through psychoanalysis, critical theory, queer theory, and feminist theory. As the graduate student advocacy officer, I will serve as a mediator between the graduate student population and the university administration. I understand that different graduate students have different concerns, but I believe the entire university seeks to have an atmosphere of accessibility, fairness, and possibility. My service is dedicated to establishing and maintaining this atmosphere. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you seek to have resolved.


LM-8017I am a Ph.D. student in the Chemistry department. After graduating from the University of Scranton, I came to Rochester to work in a physical-inorganic chemistry lab. My research currently focuses on the identification of active catalytic species in iron-catalyzed C-H functionalization. As Treasurer, I connect graduate students and organizations to the GSA for funding of conference travel and special events. Please feel free to contact me at any time with suggestions for an event you would like funded!



Communications Officer

I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemistry. I have come to Rochester 3 years ago after graduating from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. My research focuses on fengycin, a lipopeptide found in certain bacteria, which attacks the cell membrane of fungus. I am trying to comprehend  the mechanism by which this molecule disrupts the membrane and finally kills the microbe, so that this can be considered as a drug candidate. As a communication officer, I will try to deliver necessary information to all the graduate students from various communities and associations within the university and if there are any concerns from the students I will convey it to the officers in GSA. I hope that this time spent working for GSA will be a pleasurable one.


Information Technology Officer

I am a second-year PhD student in the Brain & Cognitive Sciences department. My research focuses on prediction, learning, and adaptation during language understanding. Current projects of mine include prediction error-based learning of syntax and the influence of expectations on the level of detail humans strategically maintain in perceptual representations. As the Information Technology Officer, I maintain the website, including the new forum – click here to check it out! Don’t hesitate to contact me if you notice issues with the website or have any suggestions.


Lastly, GSA is under the guidance of faculty advisor Janice Van Opdorp for the third 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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