Committees 2017-02-21T17:55:58+00:00

AGS connects students to UCI through three different types of committees: AGS Committees, Academic Senate Committees, and UCI Campus Committees.

AGS Committees

AGS Committees are open to all graduate and professional students who want to participate. Committee meetings and schedules can be found here.

The Internal Committee actively represents graduate student concerns regarding on-campus housing and parking, healthcare and insurance, academic units, and student life. The Internal Committee also plans student life-oriented events to support and enrich the graduate and professional student community.

Have complaints or concerns about Housing, Healthcare, or your academic unit? Have an idea for a student wellness event?  The Internal Committee is looking for student feedback about their experiences.

  • Committee Chair: Connor Strobel
  • Supervising Exec: Connor Strobel, VP Internal
  • Contact:
The Professional Development Committee actively represents graduate student concerns regarding the academic and non-academic job market. The Professional Development Committee also plans graduate events to help train, inform, and prepare graduate students for the job market.  The Professional Development Committee is looking for student feedback about their experiences and concerns.

  • Committee Chairs: Rahmadi Trimananda & Ankita Shukla
  • Supervising Exec: Connor Strobel, VP Internal
  • Contact:
The External Affairs committee monitors active and pending legislation on the state and federal levels, lobbies in Sacramento and Washington D.C., and raises awareness about political issues affecting the graduate student body. The External committee is the representative to the UC Student Association (UCSA), the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students (NAGPS) and Student Advocates for Graduate Education (SAGE).

The Communications Committees plans and coordinates all strategic communications, social media campaigns, and publicity on behalf of AGS. They work in close relation with all AGS committees and leadership to ensure graduate students are informed of issues that affect them.

The AGS International Students Committee seeks to represent the interests of international graduate and professional students at UCI. They address issues directly relevant to the international student community, and host events that reflect international student interests and enrich international students’ lives.  

The Finance Committee is responsible for overseeing Project Funds—small grants for student organizations hosting events open to the whole campus—and Travel Grants, small grants for graduate students to present original research at conferences at which they’ve been admitted. The Funding Committee also looks for new sources of funding for AGS including corporate partnerships and is a hub of entrepreneurial program development at AGS.

Part of AGS’ effort to become independent of student fees’ funding, AGS’ receives 7% of the profits of UCI’s Anthill Pub & Grill and is its primary stakeholder. The Pub Advisory Board, comprised of AGS members and other stakeholders, meets to discuss issues that affect the operation of the Pub. Students interested in serving on this board should contact the PAB Chair to inquire about new member selection.

The primary goal of the committee is to organize social events geared toward the interests of the graduate-professional student body at UC Irvine. To stay up-to-date with the latest event information, check out the AGS Social Committee Facebook page here.

Academic Senate Committees

Academic Senate Committees represent UCI’s shared governance between faculty, administration, and students. AGS appoints graduate representatives to these committees each fall for 1-year terms.

Graduate Council
Laleh Beni, Meigan Thompson, & Nicol Macias

Council on Educational Policy
Mikaela Smith

Council on Planning & Budget
Bela Abolfathi

Council on Faculty Welfare
Stephanie Anna Alexandra Pulles

Council on Research, Computing & Libraries
Alec Follmer

Subcommittee on International Education
Anirudh Bharadwaj

Council on Teaching, Learning and Student Experience
Rebecca Grady & Josiah Sweeting

Council on Undergraduate Admissions & Relations with Schools
Ken Hayama

Subcommittee on Courses
Richard Prince

UCI Campus Committees

UCI Campus Committees govern various student centers and resources across campus. AGS appoints graduate representatives to these committees each fall for 1-year terms.

Student Center Board
Kate Forrest

Bren Events Center Board

Anteater Recreation Center Board
Bianca Cung & Aaron Friedman