The following students serve as RSG graduate student representatives for the Winter 2020 Term, and together form the Legislative Branch of the government. Their attendance and voting records are available for public review on this page. Each representative serves on at least 2 RSG committees, and holds periodic office hours that are open to the general student body. Jump below to learn more about and contact your student representatives, or meet them in person at one of these sessions.
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Division I – Biological and Health Sciences
Hyo Sub Choi
Molecular & Integrative Biology
Hyo is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology and he received his B.S. in Biochemistry from Boston College. Hyo’s thesis project involves determining the mechanism of how dietary restriction makes animals live longer and healthier. He is most interested in identifying substrates and metabolic changes brought about by dietary restriction. Hyo joined RSG to bring together and advocate for the graduate student community. He also wanted to learn more about the different organizations and communities within Rackham. In his free time, Hyo enjoys reading and running.
Molecular & Integrative Physiology
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.
Molecular & Integrative Physiology
I am a first-year graduate student pursuing a PhD in Molecular and Integrative Physiology. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, I received my B.S. in Biology from Temple University before joining Janssen Pharmaceuticals as a research scientist. After several years in industry, I opted to return to school with the intention of studying neurophysiology. I am a Philadelphia Eagles fan, a somewhat-avid reader and movie-watcher, and enjoy being active in the gym and elsewhere. I was raised on Seinfeld and Robin Williams movies. I joined RSG to explore opportunities to better graduate student life here at UM.
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.
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
I grew up in northern Illinois and graduated with my bachelor’s of science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am currently a first-year PhD student and will be studying ecomorphological convergence using genomic, morphological, and molecular techniques while at the University of Michigan. In my free time, I enjoy reading (any genre will do!) and running. As an RSG representative I aim to improve the involvement of scientists in policy and decision making as well as strengthen our graduate student community through the creation and support of both academic and health resources. Go Blue!
Division II – Physical Sciences and Engineering
Timothy Michael Erasumus Jugovic
My name is Timothy Jugovic, better known to my friends as Raz, and I was born and raised in Washington State. I moved to Illinois after high school to pursue an undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Illinois State University. I am currently working on a PhD in Physical Chemistry under the guidance of Paul Zimmerman. My PhD research focuses on special relativistic corrections to quantum mechanics. I joined RSG to improve my leadership and communication skills, as well as represent the interests of Chemistry graduate student to University of Michigan. My hobbies include cooking, historic European martial arts, and story-telling
Industrial & Operations Engineering
I am a first year Engineering Education Research Ph.D. student representing Division II: Physical Sciences and Engineering. My background is in Electrical Engineering, for which I earned my B.S./M.S. degrees from the Ohio State University. As an Engineering Education Researcher, I employee social science and educational research techniques to assess students’ experiences with a current focus is on engineering graduate student mental health in a social context. Through RSG I advocate on behalf of graduate students at the local, state, and national level. Other activity involvement includes my role as a Co-Vice President of the UMich ASEE Student Chapter and a member of the College of Engineering Graduate Student Advisory Committee. Outside of this, I enjoy biking and hiking with my partner and our two dogs.
Division III – Social and Behavioral Sciences
As a member of RSG, I hope to fairly represent my constituents and advocate on their behalf. I wish to create positive change not just for graduate students but all students at the University of Michigan. Being a public policy student, my sole focus is to serve others.
A Chinese master student graduated from the University of International Relations in Beijing majoring in International Economics and Trade while minoring in Spanish and now studying Applied Economics. Love basketball! I hope to help make student life better!
RJ received his bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Sciences with a minor in Biology from Western Michigan University. He currently works as a Graduate Student Research Assistant at the Institute of Social Research.
I’m Caroline G. Adams, a Ph.D. student in Educational Studies. A native of Milwaukee, WI, I hold both a BA in Political Science, and an MA in Educational Leadership from Clark Atlanta University, as well as an MA in Teaching from The University of the District of Columbia. I began my career in education as a lobbyist and have served as a K-12 educator, a teachers’ union representative, and an early childhood education advocate in the DC Metropolitan Area. My research focus is on teacher advocacy as it relates to engagement and policy-making and I am deeply passionate about the representation of Black and Brown people in public education. Upon completion of my studies, I plan to return to the public education sector. I enjoy attending concerts, outdoors, traveling, watching Netflix, and weekend brunch.
Division IV – Humanities and the Arts
Bryan Byrdlong is an MFA Creative Writing Student and GSI from Chicago, Illinois. In 2015, he graduated from Vanderbilt University where he received an undergraduate English/Creative Writing degree with a minor in Corporate Strategy.