Student Involvement

About Student Membership,    Join the Student Council,    Current SSE GSAC Members,    Student Awards


About Student Membership

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Student Council

Join the SSE Graduate Student Advisory Council! 

The SSE Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) is in search of two additional student members. Applicants should be organized, outgoing, and possess leadership skills. The GSAC represents student interests to the Council and facilitates interaction among students and between students and mentors. Our goal is to become a source of information for students to use both during their graduate school career and as they make career transitions.

Developing the detailed duties of the GSAC is a work in progress, so expectations are still loosely defined. The primary role of all GSAC members is to communicate with the SSE's graduate student membership and liaise with the SSE Council on their behalf. One GSAC member will be chosen by SSE Council to attend Council meetings. Secondary roles will include establishing and maintaining social media to facilitate networking among SSE student members and assisting in review of Rosemary Grant Award applications. Other secondary roles are yet to be established, and ideas are welcome! Each student will serve a 2 year term.

To apply, please submit a one page statement of interest, including the ideas you would like to bring to council, and a copy of your CV to: by April 15, 2017. New members will be chosen by the current GSAC members.


Current SSE GSAC Council Members


Megan Kobiela
Member 2016, Chair 2017
I am a PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota studying how animals respond to toxins, both natural and anthropogenic in origin.





Melissa E. Kemp
Member 2016-2017
I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, where I study how environmental perturbations impact insular lizard communities through time and space. I completed my PhD with Liz Hadly at Stanford University in 2015.




Aide Macias Muñoz
Member 2016-2017
I am a fifth year graduate student at the University of California, Irvine studying evolution of vision in butterflies with a focus on gene expression.




Daren Card
Member 2017-2018
I am a PhD student in Todd Castoe’s lab at the University of Texas, Arlington, where I am working to understand the genetics of adaptation in natural vertebrate populations.




Jodie Wiggins
Member 2017-2018
I am a PhD candidate at Oklahoma State studying the evolutionary ecology of color. I am interested in how color drives evolutionary change and how evolution drives color changes. I currently study a conspicuous color signal in juvenile male Crotaphytus collars (the eastern collard lizard).



Student Awards

Rosemary Grant Awards, W. D. Hamilton Award, T. H. Huxley Award, R .A. Fisher Prize, Outreach grants, International Committee Travel Awards



Past GSAC Members


Cathy Rushworth
Chair 2013-2016




Karl Grieshop
Member 2014-2016