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Graduate Program Resources: Academic Affairs Committees, Staff, Ombuds

Academic affairs of the MCDB graduate program fall to two standing committees: Admissions Committee and the Graduate Studies Committee. These committees aim to provide an environment that is conducive to students becoming productive scientists and thoughtful human beings. Both committees include graduate student representatives.

Graduate Admissions Committee

The Admissions Committee is responsible for reviewing all applications to the program and subsequently recommending admissions offers. This committee is also involved in the recruiting process, both externally and internally.

2022-23 Members

  • John Schiefelbein, Professor, Chair (21-24)
  • Yanzhuang Wang, Professor (21-24)
  • Randy Stockbridge, Associate Professor ( 21-23)
  • Morgan DeSantis, Assistant Professor (21-24)
  • Andrzej Wierzbicki, Professor (20-23)
  • Lyle Simmons, Professor (22-25)
  • Anthony Vecciarelli, Assistant Professor, (22-25)
  • Navyashree Amruthahalli Ramesh, Graduate student rep
  • Claire Dudley, Graduate student rep
  • Divya Kolli,  Graduate student rep
  • Holly Scheer, Graduate student rep


Graduate Studies Committee

The Graduate Studies Committee (GSC) is responsible for supporting the graduate students by monitoring the year-round issues that occur in the graduate program, including preliminary examinations, orientation, internal awards, and individual concerns that may arise.

2022-23 Members

  • Matt Chapman, Professor, Chair (22-25)
  • Ming Li, Assistant Professor (20-23)
  • Ann Miller, Associate Professor (20-23)
  • Gyorgyi Csankovszki, Professor (21-23) Masters and Pathways program
  • Jim Bardwell, Professor (21-24)
  • Erik Nielsen, Professor, (22-25)
  • Jordan Byrne, Graduate Student Rep
  • Julianna Cresti, Graduate Student Rep


Graduate Coordinator

Mary Carr

2229 BSB


Associate Chair for Graduate Studies

Matthew Chapman, Professor

5268 BSB


Department Ombuds

Gyorgyi Csankovszki, Professor

5214 BSB
Phone: 734-764-3412