Graduate Student Advisory Council

The Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) is the representative body of graduate students that acts as a liaison between the graduate students and the department administration. We organize social, professional, outreach, and recruitment events including the Graduate Research Symposium, professional networking, welcome week, recruitment weekends, Toys for Tots, and the annual Food Drive. We provide bonding opportunities for students and foster a sense of community.

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Lauren Endress

Faculty Advisor: Hyunjoon Kong

Research Topic: Thermal energy harvesting devices for electrical energy storage

Hobbies: Grabbing coffee, long walks, reading

Alma Mater: Augustana College

Why Illinois? "I needed to be in a program where I felt like I was challenged academically but also welcomed into a supportive and exciting community."

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Richa Ghosh

External Vice President /
Co-Symposium Chair

Richa Ghosh

Faculty Advisor: David Flaherty

Research: Electrocatalytic oxidation of biomass-derived substrates

Hobbies: Hiking, martial arts, reading, FaceTiming her dogs

Alma Mater: University of California, Los Angeles

Why Illinois? "The supportive community and collaborative research!"

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Kyle Timmer

Internal Vice President /

Kyle Timmer

Faculty Advisor: Brendan Harley

Research: Biomaterials for improved tissue regeneration

Hobbies: Board games, hiking, rock climbing, D&D

Alma Mater: Calvin College

Why Illinois? "In addition to the research being done, I was really drawn to the community I saw in the department when I visited."

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Rachel Gaines

Communications Chair

Rachel Gaines

Faculty Advisor: Paul Kenis

Research: Flow electrooxidations for fuel and chemical production

Hobbies: Working out, macrame, browsing Zillow

Alma Mater: Appalachian State University

Why Illinois? "The department's sustainability focus drew me in; the culture made it easy to stay. I knew from day one that I would be a valued member of the ChBE community."

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Jaron Sederholm

International Chair /
Co-Symposium Chair

Jarom Sederholm

Faculty Advisor: Paul V. Braun (MatSE)

Research: Electrodeposition methods for cathodes in fully recyclable batteries

Hobbies: Cooking, baking, lifting

Alma Mater: Brigham Young University

Why Illinois? "UIUC is an amazing school with chances to study anything you'd like while maintaining an extremely friendly environment."

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Gunnar Thompson

Professional Development Chair

Gunnar Thompson

Faculty Advisor: Brendan Harley

Research: Microdroplet assemblies of hematopoietic stem cells

Hobbies: Ballroom dancing, woodworking, playing piano/guitar, and video games

Alma Mater: University of Wisconsin–Madison

Why Illinois? "Departmental culture and making connections with students who seemed to genuinely enjoy each other."

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Darien Raymond

Outreach Chair

Darien Raymond

Faculty Advisor: Xiao Su

Research: Crystalline faradaic materials for critical element recovery

Hobbies: Reading, writing, playing music, video games

Alma Mater: South Dakota School of Mines

Why Illinois? "I chose UIUC for the vibrant community, collaborative environment, and amazing resources available for grad students."

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Past Graduate Student Advisory Councils 


President: Victoria Kriuchkovskaia

External VP: Tianhao Yu 

Internal VP/Treasurer: David Potts 

International Chair/Symposium Chair 1: Azzaya Khasbaatar 

Symposium Chair 2: Aashutosh Boob 

Outreach Chair: Yash Kamble 

Webmaster: Jemin Jeon 

Professional Development Chair: Jiachun Shi 


President: Chris Torres

Vice President: Lili Bello

Treasurer: Danielle Meyer

Secretary: Caroline Li

Webmaster/Symposium Chair: Armin Shayesteh Zadeh

Outreach/Symposium Chair: Aliki Kolliopoulos