IGC GRADUATE STUDENT ORGANIZATION

The IGC GSO exists to benefit the IGC community as a whole through student contributions to infrastructural, educational, and social investments and activities. Further goals of the IGC GSO include:

  • Facilitate communication between faculty and students within IGC, and between IGC and the university and community.
  • Build community among IGC graduate students.
  • Further the professional development of IGC graduate students.
  • Foster interdisciplinary interactions between IGC graduate students and scientists, policymakers, and the public.

GSO Officers and Constitution

The IGC GSO Governing Body is composed of an Executive Committee (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Sustainability Officer) and a Programming Body (Outreach Committee, Social Committee and Professional Development Committee). Elections occur annually during Spring semester, and new officers start their positions at the beginning of Fall semester. Read the GSO Constitution here.

Meet the 2020-2021 GSO Officers

  
President:
Korin Jones

  
Vice President:
Bennett Grooms

  
Secretary:
Chloe Moore

 
Treasurer:
Heather Wander

  
Sustainability Officer: 
Amber Wendler

  
Outreach Committee Chair:
Isaac VanDiest

    
Professional Development Committee Chairs: 
Jessica Hernandez, Sam Silknetter

  
Social Committee Chair:
Alaina Weinheimer

    
IG3C Representatives: 
Melissa Burt, Sarah Kuchinsky

2019-20 Officers
President – Zach Gajewski
Vice President – Ernie Osburn
Secretary – Lauren Maynard
Treasurer – Kristen Bretz
Sustainability Officer – Kerry Gendreau
Outreach Committee Chair – Isaac VanDiest
Social Committee Chair – Alaina Weinheimer
Professional Develop. Committee Chairs – Stephen DeVilbiss, Becca O’Brien
IG3C Representatives – Korin Jones, Bennett Grooms
2018-19 Officers
President – Mary Lofton
Vice President – Nicole Ward
Secretary – Ernie Osburn
Treasurer – Rachel Brooks
Sustainability Officer – Kerry Gendreau
Outreach Committee Chair – Vasiliy Lakoba
Social Committee Chair – Brenen Wynd
Professional Develop. Committee Chair – Sam Lane
IG3C Representatives – Jessica Hernandez, Cristina Marcillo
2017-18 Officers
President – Max Ragozzino
Vice President – Mary Lofton
Secretary – Becky Fletcher
Treasurer – Ben Vernasco
Outreach Committee Chair – Sydney Hope
Social Committee Chair – Nicole Ward
Professional Develop. Committee Chair – Fadoua El Moustaid
2016-17 Officers

President – Matt Aberle
Vice President – Angie Estrada
Secretary – Zach Martin
Treasurer – Ben Vernasco
Outreach Committee Chair – Tamara Fetters
Professional Develop. Committee Chair – Ben Ahlswede
Social Chair – Ryan McClure

2015-16 Officers

President – Heather Govenor
Secretary – Maya Wilson
Treasurer – Jennifer Wagner
Outreach Committee Chair – Angie Estrada
Professional Develop. Committee Chair – Zach Martin

2014-15 Officers

President – Tony Timpano
Secretaries – Tamara Fetters & Leah Novak
Treasurer – Cathy Jachowski
Outreach Committee Chair – Jen Wagner
Professional Develop. Committee Chair – Jon Doubek

Past Events

2019 Freshwaters Illustrated- Hidden Rivers featured at Lyric Theater

November 2, 2019: The GCC sponsored “Hidden Rivers,” a film 10 years in the making, explores the rivers and streams of the Southern Appalachian region, which are home to North America’s most biologically rich waters. The film follows conservation biologists and explorers as they find ways to protect the beautiful and delicate life within our rivers, streams, and lakes.   Read more

2018 Gilbert Linkous Elementary Science Fair

March 15, 2018: The Interfaces of Global Change Graduate Student Organization returned for an evening of outreach fun for the annual Gilbert Linkous Elementary School science fair on March 15, 2018. Fellows organized and hosted a photo booth experience for kids at the fair, themed “Dress Like a Scientist”. Children explored field and lab gear, and learned that you don’t have to have fancy equipment to be a scientist!   Read more

2017 VT Science Festival

November 4, 2017: The IGC Grad Student Organization sponsored an outreach table at the Festival Expo in Newman Library. Their station, named “The Balance of Nature”, was focused on learning about ways that children can help take care of the Earth and keep nature in balance. The interactive station featured block and coloring activities along with sticker prizes.  Read more

2016 Gilbert Linkous Elementary Science Fair

March 16, 2016: It was a big night for little scientists at the Gilbert Linkous Elementary School Science Fair on March 16, 2016, where there was no shortage of creativity or enthusiasm! The annual science fair features the research of kindergarten through 5th graders, and is fast becoming a favorite IGC Spring outreach opportunity.  Read more

2015 Virginia Science Festival

September 26, 2015: The Interfaces of Global Change IGEP sponsored a booth and social media campaign at the Blacksburg Science Festival called “Why I Care For Nature.”  Read more

2015 Gilbert Linkous Elementary Science Fair

March 18, 2015: The Interfaces of Global Change Graduate Student Organization participated in a science fair at Gilbert Linkous Elementary School in Blacksburg. The IGC Fellows served as judges (or “mad scientists”!) and operated a Science Photo Booth.  Read more

IGC GSO Sponsored Seminar Series: Dr. Robert Lackey, Fisheries Professor, Oregon State University

Thursday, March 5, 2015; Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.; Location: Fralin Auditorium

“Science in Public Policy: Maintaining Relevance, Ensuring Accuracy, and Avoiding Advocacy”  Read more

2014 Passport to Discovery Outreach Event

Interfaces of Global Change Graduate Student Organization hosted a science outreach day at the SEEDS Nature Center* in Blacksburg, VA. The day of outdoor activities was titled “Passport to Discovery: a hands-on journey through the world of biological science and nature for children of all ages.”  Read more