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.
Academic Affairs, Sustainability
My name is Corrine Din, and I’m currently a first year PhD student in Pharmaceutical Sciences. I’m originally from Denver, Colorado and received my bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines back in 2016. After graduating, I spent 3 years working in the Biotech/Pharmaceutical industry mostly in manufacturing operations. I found that I was inherently curious about upstream research and development of drug products prior to clinical trials and commercial manufacturing, so I decided to go back to school and pursue a PhD. I joined RSG because I’m interested in exploring ways to give graduate students a sense of community and to ensure proper resources are available for everyone. A few areas I’d like to focus on include: mental health and wellness, professional development, and interdepartmental engagement.
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
Student Life, Academic Affairs
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
Student Life, Sustainability
I’m a first-year graduate student working towards a PhD in Cellular & Molecular Biology (CMB). I received my BS from Drexel University in 2015 and, upon graduation, was hired at Janssen Pharmaceutical as a research scientist. After five years of living in Philly and working in industry, I decided to move to the bustling town of Ann Arbor for more schooling. Here I plan to explore the aging process and the diseases associated with aging. Outside of science, I enjoy practicing the piano, reading, and playing any sport in a mediocre fashion. As a representative of RSG, I hope to be an advocate for the students and ensure that voices are heard. I would also like to help make our working environment more sustainable while promoting a healthy lifestyle for the students, both academically and mentally.
Division II – Physical Sciences and Engineering
School for Environment and Sustainability
Budgetary, Communications, Legislative Affairs
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.
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
I am a master’s student pursuing a degree in Physiology. After growing up in the suburbs outside of NYC, I graduated from NYU Tandon School of Engineering, where I competed on the varsity diving team and participated in various student organizations. After graduating, I worked for a local NYS Senator and as a medical scribe learning the ins-and-outs of the healthcare system. My personal interests include reading non-fiction (currently reading The Body Keeps The Score), listening to R&B and acoustic music, and bingeing Netflix and Hulu. My goal as a RSG representative is to improve the student experience and to make education, among other things, more accessible. If there is any way I can help or if you are interested in these initiatives, please contact me!
Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis
Student Life, Sustainability
I am a CRC for the Neurology department of the Medical School. I work under Dr. Vikram Shakkottai and Dr. Hank Paulson on the Ataxia research studies, which consist mostly of the Spinocerebellar Ataxias. I have been with them for the last 2 years but with the University for 5 years- previously I worked on Vertigo studies that focused on Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo.
I have a Bachelor of Science in Counseling Psychology and worked for 8 years doing inpatient psychiatric care for the Samaritan Behavioral Center of Michigan and St. John’s Providence Hospital Emergency Department. I am currently obtaining my Master of Science in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis from the University of Michigan and plan to remain doing research for the Ataxia community!
I currently reside in Plymouth, Michigan with my fiancé who I will be married to on May 21st, 2021. I love dogs, music, and physical activities such as crossfit and Spartan races. I also enjoy reading and gardening in my spare time, and in winter I like to craft! My favorites include the summer season, the color green, and Mexican food!