Graduate Student Senate

The purpose of the Graduate Student Senate (GSS) is to provide the student perspective to the dean of the Graduate School who serves as its official adviser. It is a voice for all graduate students and an advocate for their concerns and ideas concerning graduate education and graduate students at The University of Southern Mississippi. The Senate is composed of a representative from each program or school nominated by the program or school director. Nominations for the upcoming academic year are solicated during the summer semester.

OFFICERS (2017-2018)


graduate student senate officers

By-laws committee
left to right: Rachel Young (president) and Darcie Yount (recorder) Not pictured:  Joshua Rapp (vice president)left to right: Randall Mitchell, Chase Wilson (chair), Joshua Tropp Not pictured: Kendrick Vaughn  and Brook Lewis



symposium committee

social committee

left to right: Caroline Miles (co-chair),
Kristi Carnahan (chair)
Not pictured: Alison Hart, Chad
Whittle and Nathan Anderson

Haley Lott (chair) and Shelby White

GSS Representatives (2018-2019)

Accountancy - Aubrey Sanders

Anthropology and Sociology - Kaitlin Harstine

Biological Sciences - Sara Barrett

Business - MaKayla Farris

Chemistry and Biochemistry - Alison Hart

Child and Family Sciences - Hollie White

Coastal Sciences - Caitlin Slife

Communication Studies - G. Brandon Knight

Computing Science and Computer Engineering - Gabriel Idakwo

Construction and Design -

Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, and Security - Zoe Livengood

Curriculum and Instruction - Marla Freitag

Economic Development - Mikhail Esipov

Education Research and Administration - Kimberly Allen

English - Jessica Guzman

Geography and Geology -

Higher Education Administration - Tiffany Greer

History - John Sarvela

Human Capital Development - Tracie King

Mass Communication - Jessica Love

Kinesiology - Daphne Stanford

Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice -

Library and Information Science - Elaine Walker

Marine Science - Courtney Bouchard

Mathematics - Haley Dozier

Medical Laboratory Science - Brooke Lewis

Music - Olivia Conforti

Nursing Practice - Ednita Fountain

Nutrition and Food Sciences - Cheyenne Turner

Physics and Astronomy - Durga Paudel

Political Sciecne - Gabriel May

Polymer Science and Engineering - Joshua Tropp

Psychology - Kray Scully

Public Health - Jessica Nelson Wilson

Science and Mathematics Education - Kendrick Buford

Social Work - Lynda Torries

Special Education - Caitlin Stephens

Speech and Hearing Sciences - Michael Brian Slater

Speech and Hearing Sciences - Kaylea Hurst

Sport Management - Nichada Satasuk

Theatre - Joshua Rapp

World Languages - Josh McDaniel




GSS Meets the Third Thursday of each month from Noon - 1 p.m.

Agenda items are due to the President at least seven working days before the meeting.


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Upcoming Events

Graduate Student Appreciation Week: April 1-5, 2019

Susan A. Siltanen Graduate Student Research Symposium: April 11, 2019