About RSG


Sarah Bork


Engineering Education

RJ Batas


Survey Methodology

Nicholas Arnold Mendalbimi


Aerospace Engineering

Thomas Folk

Internal Affairs

Nuclear Engineering

Thomas is a first year PhD student in Nuclear Engineering. He is from Charlotte, NC and completed his Bachelor’s degree at N.C. State University in May 2019. Thomas is part of a research team that focuses on computational reactor physics with the goal to predict the performance of existing and next-generation nuclear reactors through comprehensive, science-based modeling and simulation. His hobbies include watching college football, playing guitar and attending concerts, and traveling abroad.




Marshall Case

External Affairs

Chemical Engineering

Hi everyone! My name is Marshall and I’m currently a 2nd year Ph.D. student in Chemical Engineering studying peptide engineering. I am the external affairs officer of RSG, which means that I run the legislative affairs committee. My interests are in improving the graduate student experience, through increasing affordability, addressing sexual misconduct, improving mental health resources, and more. Outside of lab and RSG, I like to do outdoor activities, like ski, swim, and hike, and I also enjoy playing board games with friends.

Ashley Melnick

Interim Federal Affairs Director

Cellular & Molecular Biology

Ashley is a second year PhD student studying T-Cell Leukemia. This is her second year in RSG and second year as a member of SAGE (Student Advocates for Graduate Education). Outside of school, Ashley loves to hang out with her dog, go camping, and play board games.

Shannon Lacy

Interim Sustainability Director

Cellular & Molecular Biology

I am the Sustainability Chair of RSG and I am excited to promote more sustainable initiatives through RSG this year! I am a second-year graduate student in the Cellular and Molecular Biology PhD program. I received my B.A. in Molecular Biology from Colgate University in 2016. After graduating, I worked at the National Institutes of Health for two years as a post-bac and I am now pursuing my research interests in neurodegenerative disease at UM. Outside of research, I am a member of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy program as well as a leader for the U-MYScI science and engineering summer camp for middle-school students from underserved backgrounds. As an RSG representative, I want to advocate for graduate students at UM, as well as promoting and enhancing the opportunities for students at and beyond the university.

Roles of the RSG Executives

  • The RSG Executive Board is composed of the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Internal Affairs Officer, External Affairs Officer, and Secretary. Together, the RSG Executive Board holds numerous meeting with members of the student body as well as with University and national leaders that are of importance to graduate students.
  • The President of the Graduate Student Body serves as the chief executive officer of the Rackham Student Government as well as the chief spokesperson and advocate of the graduate student body. The president leads and manages the activities of the executive board and chairs the government’s legislature (the RSG Board).
  • The Vice President of the Graduate Student Body serves as the chief administrative officer of the Rackham Student Government. The Vice President oversees the government’s legislative process as well as its six standing and ad-hoc committees. The Vice President is also responsible for the government’s brand management and communication strategy.
  • The Treasurer of the Graduate Student Body serves as the chief financial officer of the Rackham Student Government. The treasurer oversees the government’s financial policies and in particular the government’s student activity funding apparatus.
  • The Internal Affairs Officer serves as the chief programs officer of the Rackham Student Government, and is the primary contact for Rackham Student Government proceedings internal the University pertaining to Student Life. The Internal Affairs Officer also promotes collaboration, inclusivity, and diversity in RSG’s goals and activities across the University.
  • The External Affairs Officer serves as the chief legislative advocacy director of the Rackham Student Government, and is primary contact for all Rackham Student Government proceedings external to the University, including city, state, federal offices/organizations not limited to: Student Advocates for Graduate Education (SAGE), Ann Arbor City Council, Ann Arbor Department of Public Safety (DPS), Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (AATA).
  • The Secretary serves as the chief records officer of the Rackham Student Government, acts as the historian, and is the organizing and scheduling officer for each meeting. The Secretary also manages RSG’s internal and external communications apparatus including but not limited to email, newsletters, social media presence and official press releases.