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.

2020-2021 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


2018 Gilbert Linkous 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!

2017 Virginia Tech 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.

2016 Gilbert Linkous 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.

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.”

The 2015 Gilbert Linkous Elementary School 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.

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”

Passport to Discovery Outreach Event

Passport to Discovery

Saturday, April 12, 2014:

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.”