Four of the seven newly elected officers to the Graduate Student Association (GSA) at Rice University are in bioengineering (BIOE) in the George R. Brown School of Engineering.
â€śWith encouragement from our department to take on leadership roles, BIOE graduate students are fostering a culture of community engagement within the department and the Rice community as a whole. Many students get involved early, even in their first year, and continue to participate in the Rice-wide GSA activities,â€ť said Sydney Gibson, a fifth-year doctoral student who was recently elected president of the GSA.
Before being elected president, Gibson served the GSA as vice president of student advocacy. She also served in the BIOE GSA as social chair and outreach chair. Her new fellow officers are:
John Gawedzinski, in his third year of graduate school, vice president of community engagement.
Jason Guo, third year, vice president of student advocacy.
Cat Majors, fifth year, parliamentarian.
â€śOn a personal level, as a matriculating student I was quickly introduced to senior students like Sydney, Cat, and other involved BIOEs who reached out to me and made me feel supported in my professional life and welcome in my personal life,â€ť Gawedzinski said. â€śBeing surrounded by studious, conscientious leaders made me want to emulate them and give to the BIOE/Rice community what they gave to me in my early years.â€ť
Of the remaining three newly elected GSA officers, two are in applied physics and one is in political science.