College of Science Graduate Student Council

The college's Graduate Council is a group of dedicated student representatives from each of the college's Departments. They advocate for their peers, and collaborate with other graduate student representatives to push graduate student interests at Utah State University.

M A Manazir Ahsan

M A Manazir Ahsan

Department: Computer Science

Rachel Frantz

Rachel Frantz

Department: Mathematics and Statistics

Zack Gibson

Zack Gibson

Department: Physics

Bio: I came to USU for the excellent research group I am a part of and my advisor that I have the pleasure to work with here. It also doesn't hurt that Utah is a great place to live. I am studying electron transport in highly disordered insulating materials with applications such as spacecraft charging. In addition, I study the energetic density of states within the bandgap of these disordered materials and ways to experimentally measure/infer the distribution of those states. These topics excite me because they are very complex problems and they have some utility relevant to space and astronomy. In my free time I enjoy exploring the outdoors, hiking, biking, swimming, reading, writing, making art, cooking, skateboarding, snowboarding, camping, racing cars, playing with my puppy, playing guitar, growing gourmet mushrooms, or just hanging out with some friends and having a beer. I am a member of the American Physical Society - Four Corners Region, IEEE, and Sigma Pi Sigma.

Zack's advice to USU graduate students:

Always make time for yourself. As graduate students we strive for excellence and are pushed hard to succeed, but remember to treat yourself right and make yourself and your well-being a priority as well.

Coleman Hiett

Coleman Hiett

Claudia Ki

Claudia Ki

Liping Zhang

Liping Zhang

Department: Chemistry and Biochemistry

Bio: I chose to attend USU for it's superior matched research program and high-quality Ph.D training. I'm studying battery technologies, which was awarded 2019 Chemistry Nobel Prize. Battery technology makes our planet more sustainable. In my free time I enjoy hiking, travelling, and watching movies/TV shows.

Liping's advice to USU graduate students:

My advice is to 1. Dive into the literature. Find good reviews on topics you are interested in and then read the papers the reviews cite. 2. It is okay to find time to relax. 3. Communicate with your adviser and ask for help when needed.