The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly ensures direct and continued involvement of graduate and professional school students in the governance of non-academic affairs of the University.

The GPSA brings together Cornell’s community of graduate and professional students to address non-academic issues of common concern. Drawing upon the strengths of its diverse community, the GPSA is responsible for setting and distributing the graduate student activity fee and representatives to University committees. The GPSA voting member body is composed of 36 voting members including delegates from each graduate division, the graduate and professional schools, and standing committee chairpersons, elected from the larger body of field representatives.

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  • Melia Doyas Matthews

    Melia Matthews is a Biomedical and Biological Science PhD candidate in the lab of Professor Karl Lewis. She studies bone cells in the lab and outside of the lab she is an avid swimmer, scuba diver, and skier. At Cornell she has also been involved with Graduate Women in Science, the Cornell Undergraduate Research Journal, the Club Swim Team, and MAC Peer Mentoring.

  • Michelle Ming-Yu Heeney

    Michelle (she/they) is a third-year Plant Biology Ph.D. student. In her research, she focuses on intercellular RNA signaling in grafted plants. As Executive Vice President for the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, Michelle aims to work on issues facing transportation and medical access. In addition she is looking for other large funding projects GPSA may be able to support with the reserve funds. Last year Michelle helped GPSA fund Big Red Barn renovations. In her free time, Michelle shoots film, gardens, and spends time with her kitten Ez.

  • Andi Garcia-Ortiz

     Andi Garcia-Ortiz
    Andi Garcia-Ortiz Vice President for Communications

    Andi (she/her) is a second-year Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. student in the Dr. Karl Lewis Lab. She previously served as the Communications Director for the graduate student chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). She is originally from North Plains, OR, and received an Honors Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering from Oregon State University. In her free time, Andi enjoys playing competitive soccer with other Cornell graduate students.

  • David Axel Browne

  • Annika Marie McGraw

     Annika Marie McGraw
    Annika Marie McGraw Vice President for Operations

    Annika McGraw (she/her) is a second-year student pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree, concentrating in Science, Technology, and Infrastructure Policy. She currently acts as Editor-in-Chief for the Cornell Policy Review and President of the Daring Discussion Club. As Vice President of Operations for the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, Annika hopes to fully revise the organization's bylaws to ensure efficiency in guidelines and streamline the bureaucratic process. Annika enjoys learning Norwegian and German in her free time, reading, and playing with her cat, Luna.

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05/06/2024 5:00pm
Physical Sciences Building Room 401 // Zoom

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08/26/2024 5:00pm
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Graduate and Professional Student Assembly GPCI Ad Hoc Committee

The Graduate and Professional Community Initiative (GPCI) is a needs assessment and strategic planning document for the Graduate and Professional community. This ad hoc committee reviews the current GPCI and develops a new document every five years.

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Graduate and Professional Student Assembly Diversity and International Students Committee

Connects and advocates specifically for international graduate students and graduate students from diverse backgrounds.

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Graduate and Professional Student Assembly Communications Committee

The Communications Committee maintains the accessible flow of information from the GPSA to the graduate and professional student body and the Cornell community.

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