The Graduate School Student Advisory Board

About the GSSAB

The GSSAB members will have the opportunity to identify graduate student issues they wish to address as well those of concern to the graduate school. Typical areas that the graduate school would like the GSSAB members to provide advice and guidance include the following;

  • Advocate for all graduate students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
  • Facilitate communication between the graduate school and graduate students.
  • Feedback to the graduate school on graduate school policies and graduate issues that arise in the Associated Students of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (ASUAF) and Faculty Senate.
  • Plan new student orientation.
  • Develop professional development programming
  • Provide input on graduate school social media, web presence, and outreach.
  • Act as a liaison between graduate school and graduate student organizations.
  • Report constituent feedback and insights on graduate student issues.
  • Plan social activities sponsored by the graduate school.
  • Provide a sense of community/connection for graduate students.

The board members serve one year. The board meets monthly during the semester. One of the board members serves as chair. The GSSAB will receive administrative support from the graduate school that provides the board information to support their deliberations (e.g., budget, policies, BOR policies, etc.). The GSSAB chair and committee communicate their concerns, findings and recommendations with the director of the graduate school. The GSSAB members also recruit new members, develop meeting agendas, meeting protocols, membership responsibilities, and board make-up.


2021-2022 Advisory Board

Zion Alioto

College of Engineering and Mines

Courtney Hart

College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences

Kara Kornhauser

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Emily Lanni

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Eri Martin

School of Education

Marisa Martinez

College of Business and Security Management

January O'Connor

College of Rural and Community Development

Sai Ravi Paturi

College of Engineering and Mines

David Polashenski

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Leanna Prax Williams

College of Liberal Arts