About RSG


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

Committee Appointments: Budgetary, Sustainability

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.

Corrine Din

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Committee Appointments:
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.

Shannon Lacy

Cellular & Molecular Biology

Committee Appointment: Sustainability, Legislative Affairs

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.

Ryan Neff

Molecular & Integrative Physiology

Committee Appointments:
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.

Ashley Melnick

Cellular & Molecular Biology

Committee Appointments: Legislative Affairs, Academic Affairs

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.

Angela Tuckowski

Cellular & Molecular Biology

Committee Appointments:
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

Andrea Belgrade


Committee Appointment:
Legislative Affairs

Sarah Bork

Engineering Education

Committee Appointments:
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.

Yi (Maggie) Cao

Environmental Engineering

Committee Appointments:
Communications, Student Life, Sustainability

I’m the first year master student from China. I am very happy to be the representative and I’m very willing to help you. Go Blue!

Thomas Folk

Nuclear Engineering

Committee Appointment:
Student Life

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 travelling abroad.

Timothy Michael Erasumus Jugovic

Physical Chemistry

Committee Appointments: Legislative Affairs, Budgetary

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

Kristen Kelsall

Macromolecular Science & Engineering

Committee Appointments:
Budgetary, Sustainability

Kristen is a first year student in the Macromolecular Science and Engineering program however, she researches in the chemistry building. Some of her interests outside RSG include volunteering at the Humane Society of Huron Valley and serving on the board of UofM’s chapter of ACS POLY/PMSE. Through RSG, Kristen hopes to bring visibility to smaller programs in Rackham.

Kori Johnson-Lane

Environmental Policy & Planning

Committee Appointments: Budgetary, Sustainability

Terrance McQueen

Higher Education

Committee Appointments:
Academic Affairs, Student Life

Jenna (HyoJin) Moon

Sacred Music

Committee Appointments:
Legislative Affairs, Budgetary

I am a candidate graduate student, who plays the bells in the Burton Memorial Tower and Lurie Tower.

Bella (Maribel) Okiye


Committee Appointments:
Academic Affairs, Student Life

Tasha Kaiser

Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis

Committee Appointments:
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!

Brittany Salazar

Cancer Biology

Committee Appointments:
Budgetary, Communications

Division III – Social and Behavioral Sciences

Caroline Adams

Educational Studies

Committee Appointments: Legislative Affairs, Academic Affairs

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.

RJ Batas

Survey Methodology

Committee Appointments: Legislative Affairs,

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.

Siddarth Chaudhari

Political Science

Committee Appointments:
X and Y

Jiabei Rao


Committee Appointments:
X and Y

COVID-19 kept me in Ann Arbor. I can now continue to serve on site! Studying economics and a dual degree in IOE, I’m helping advertize and hold intersting events for all students on or off campus. Hope my enthusiasm and innovation can be leveraged and felt via our Newsletters and social media by my constituents.

Olivia Richards


Committee Appointments:
Academic Affairs, Sustainability

Division IV – Humanities and the Arts

Jessie Bakitunda

International & Regional Studies

Committee Appointments:
Academic Affairs, Student Life

Jason Godfrey

English and Education

Committee Appointments:
Budgetary, Legislative Affairs

Hello, friends! My name is Jason Godfrey, and I grew up in rural towns in South Dakota, Iowa, and Idaho—the types of towns where agriculture is a communal, dynastic enterprise. My high school, for example, cancelled school for a week and a half every fall so that students could help harvest potatoes. Due to family commitments and local culture, a four-year, co-present college education is not a viable option for many high school graduates in these towns. My commitment, and much of the impetus behind my education, is to help create educational environments that can fit into otherwise occupied lives.