The Northwestern Graduate Student Association represents and serves non-professional graduate students at Northwestern University in Evanston and Chicago, IL.  We build community at Northwestern and provide opportunities to serve the greater Evanston and Chicago communities.

Questions or comments? Want to get involved? We’d love to hear from you! E-mail us northwestern.gsa@u.northwestern.edu.

2016-2017 GSA Officers

The president’s responsibility is to ensure the GSA serves the TGS student body to the best of its ability. I engage our executive board to deliver quality social and service events to facilitate our organization’s mission. To that end, I seek co-sponsorship opportunities with other student organizations to further our reach across the TGS student population and Northwestern as a whole.
Alade Fashina Aladé
Shina is a PhD student in the Media, Technology, & Society program, where she she studies children and media. Her research looks at media use in relation to children’s growth and development, with a particular focus on educational media. She holds an MA from the Ohio State University and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, both in Communication. In addition to her academic pursuits, she has worked with MediaKidz Research and Consulting, Inc. on a variety of projects evaluating children’s television programs and online games. She is also a big fan of the arts, and a member of the Keytones, Northwestern’s grad student a cappella group.
As secretary, I work on all internal information for GSA: minutes, Google Drive, records, supplies, room reservations. I also assist other board members when needed.
IMG_0203 Kitty Yang
Kitty is a third-year PhD student in the Mathematics Department. She holds a B.S. in Statistics from NYU and an M.A. in Secondary Mathematics Education from Teachers College. Before starting her graduate work at Northwestern, she taught high school math in Brooklyn for four years, and remains a passionate supporter of public education.When she is not hiding in the basement of Lunt, she runs, bikes, tap dances, and makes benches.
As this year’s treasurer, I’ll work to maintain the organization’s finances while fostering our relations with new and existing co-sponsoring organizations. One aim of this year’s executive board is to expand the GSA’s capacity to host various social/networking events; to that end, it is my responsibility to streamline our working budget to make achieving these goals as easy as possible.
bana Narasimhan Balakrishnan (Bana)
I’m a second year PhD student in Chemical Engineering, and my research is somewhat an intersection of computational biology and control theory. I think of myself as more of an applied mathematician than any sort of engineer. I grew up in Mumbai and Chennai and received my BS in Chemical Engineering from IIT Madras. Pursuits that don’t pay the bills include classical music, tennis, gastronomy and movies. Very recently, I have gotten involved in a couple of outreach programs focused on STEM education and research at the high school level.
Communications Officer
I update the website, answer E-mails, run the twitter, update plan-it purple and send out the bi-weekly newsletter. If you want to publish any events in our bi-weekly newsletter, please E-mail GSA.
finkle Justin Finkle
Justin in a PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences (IBiS) program, where he studies the structure of regulatory networks involved in cancer. He is a huge fan of STEM education and outreach, participating in RSG and GS3 at Northwestern. If graduate school allowed free time, Justin would love to wander in the beautiful outdoors around the globe. Instead, he regularly enjoys running, biking, and cooking. In his darker past, Justin received his B.S. in Biological and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University.
Social Chairs
We plan and host all the social activities sponsored by the GSA, such as the recurring Happy Hours, summer BBQs and the annual camping trip – all heavily subsidized and many free! In Grad School it can be hard to create friendships across departments; we’re here to help break down those barriers.
Jennifer Grant Jennifer Grant
Jennifer is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate in the department of Chemistry. She is very passionate about bringing people together from different departments and areas of study. She is also on the management team of the Chicago Life Science Consortium (CLSC) and volunteers teaching science to 4th graders in Chicago in Northwestern’s Science in the Classroom (SITC). Before Northwestern, she received a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering and a bachelor’s degree in Applied Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.
Uzma_LabWebPage.jpg Uzma Wilson
Uzma Wilson is a 2nd year PhD student in the Communication Sciences & Disorders department. Before joining Northwestern, Uzma received her Doctor of Audiology degree from Missouri State University. Uzma’s primary research interest is to optimize objective tests of hearing function. Uzma enjoys trying new foods and loves to spend time with her family.
 peter Peter Kleinhenz
Perry is a 2nd year PhD student in the Mathematics department. He received a BS in Mathematics from MIT. He enjoys reading books, playing board games and bicycling.
Service Chairs
The service chairs provide opportunities for NU graduate students to be involved in the Evanston and surrounding communities by aiding with and providing programs and services that serve children and families. This position also offers the chance to be in community with other graduate students and to build friendships that last beyond NU.
evans_k_photoid Kathryn Evans
Katie is a second year PhD student in the IBiS biological sciences program. Her research involves investigating the relationship between genetic variation between individuals and the differential response to chemotherapeutic drugs. She is originally from Idaho, and studied Biology at the University of Utah. Besides science, Katie loves baking (and eating said baked goods), reading, being outdoors, and all things Disney.
 jiaqi.jpg Jiaqi Li
Jiaqi is a second year student in Chemistry department. She received her B.S. from Peking University, China. Her research is about hydro-elementation catalyzed by metal oxide. Research is tough but she is trying to keep a balance. She likes baking, though not always successful, painting, doing sports, traveling and doing things with friends. She was the chairman of the youth volunteer association of chemistry department, when she was in Peking University. This is her first time participating GSA as a board member but she is willing to plan and organize events to bring people from different fields together.
Advocacy Chair
I host information sessions for graduate students about issues like healthcare benefits and serve as GSA’s representative on the Graduate Leadership and Advocacy Council (GLAC). Feel free to E-mail me about any advocacy issues regarding insurance, diversity and inclusion, funding, and other concerns you want to bring to GSA, GLAC, or TGS.
 Lynn Meissner Lynn Meissner
Lynn Meissner is a 3rd year PhD student in Human Development and Social Policy (HDSP) in the School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) at Northwestern. She studies the transition from high school to postsecondary education and the workforce, adolescent career interest development, and Positive Youth Development (PYD). She’s passionate about bridging the gaps between academia, policy, and practice and wants to develop better channels of communication between researchers and non-academics. She is currently the president of Graduate Women Across Northwestern (GWAN) and a member of the graduate student Toastmasters Club. She has a B.A. in Psychology from UC-Santa Cruz and grew up in Yonkers, NY.