Our Motto

All to learn, Learning to Serve, Serve for all

(Faciens discere, Servite doctrina, Omne enim servientes)

Mission Statement

To protect and represent the rights, privileges, interests, and concerns of the graduate students at Clarkson University

About CUGSA

Welcome to the Clarkson University Graduate Student Association (CUGSA) page! The CUGSA is led by a group of graduate students whose mission is to strengthen the Graduate Student experience across all campuses at the Clarkson University. CUGSA is officially recognized by Clarkson University since 2013. The CUGSA works with the administration on policy and projects that aim to address the needs of graduate students, as well as create social events that engage the graduate student body and promote a healthy community inside and outside of academia.

CUGSA is composed of the Executive Board and the Graduate Council. Due to geographical constraints the main campus (Potsdam Hill Campus) Executive board serves as the CUGSA Executive Board. CUGSA Graduate Council members are the graduate representatives of the different campus communities of Clarkson University. At the present, Graduate Council members hail from four different campus communities i.e Clarkson University main Campus, David D. Reh Business School of Clarkson university main campus, Health Science Department of Clarkson University downtown Potsdam campus and Capital Region Campus of Clarkson University.  Together all the Graduate Students Associations of the different campus communities of Clarkson University form the CUGSA.

The CUGSA Supreme Constitution establishes the joint platform for ideas and collaboration between different CU campuses in order to unify interests, welfare, and concerns of the graduate students across all Clarkson University Campuses. The CUGSA Financial bylaws lay out the fundamental rules and guiding principles for conducting independent, transparent and fair financial dealings for all GSAs.

CUGSA Supreme Constitution
CUGSA Financial Bylaws

Executive Board Officers

President
Sandip Purnapatra
Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ph.D. student
Vice President
Hossein Nouri Alavijeh
Chemical Engineering, Ph.D. student
Parliamentarian
Chamara Herath
Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D. student
Secretary (Retired)
Alexia Lamb
Environmental Science and Engineering, M.S. student
Treasurer
Priyanka Das
Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ph.D. student
Secretary
Marzieh Babaeianjelodar
Computer Science, Ph.D. student

Graduate Council Representatives

Graduate Student Councilor
Cassandra Orr
Interdisciplinary Bioscience and Biotechnology, M.S. student
Graduate Student Councilor (Retired)
Juby Varghese

Chemistry, Ph.D. student
Graduate Student Councilor
Chethani Athukorala
Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D. student
Graduate Student Councilor
Mahfuza Akter
Interdisciplinary Bioscience and Biotechnology, Ph.D. student
Graduate Student Councilor (Retired)
Yanzhi Liu
Chemical Engineering, M.S. student
CUGSA-Health Sciences Representative
Alexandra Bennett
Occupational Therapy, M.S. student
CUGSA-Health Sciences Representative
Briana Cooper
Physical Therapy, DPT student
Graduate Business Administration Representative (Retired)
Christian Scott
Master of Business Administration student
CUGSA-Capital Region Campus Representative
Tatiana Johnson
Master of Arts in Teaching student
CUGSA-Capital Region Campus Representative
Aditya Narayan Rajmane
Master of Arts in Teaching student
CUGSA-GSA-Capital Region Campus Representative
Jacqueline O’Donnell
Master of Arts in Teaching student
Student Advisor of CUGSA
Jaeide Jawahill
Chemical Engineering, Ph.D. student
Student Advisor of CUGSA
Patrick Conlon
Mechanical Engineering, M.S. student
Student Advisor of CUGSA
Alan Schay
Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ph.D. student
Student Advisor of the Graduate Council
Emmalyn Dupree
Chemistry, Ph.D. student

CUGSA Advisors

(Dr.) Kerop D. Janoyan
Ph.D., P.E.
Dean, Clarkson University Graduate School
Jeffrey D. Taylor
Master of Science in College Student Development, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Associate Vice President, Student Affairs & Global Initiatives
Karli Olson
Assistant to the Dean, Clarkson University Graduate School

President Emeritus

President Emeritus
Jan 2018 – Dec 2019
Jaeide Jawahill
Chemical Engineering, Ph.D. student
President Emeritus
2015 – 2018
Alan Schay
Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ph.D. student
President Emeritus
2015 – 2018
David Yambay
Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ph.D.
President Emeritus
2013 – 2014
Nichole Baldwin
Environmental Science and Engineering, M.S.
President Emeritus
2013 – 2015
Nichole Gale
Mechanical Engineering,
Ph.D.

Phalanx Award Winning members of CUGSA

Phalanx is the highest honorary society of Clarkson University. More details about phalanx can be found here.

Jaeide Jawahill
Phalanx Recipient – 2019
The Commendable Leadership Award
President Emeritus, CUGSA

Constitution Authors

The Constitutions and Bylaws for CUGSA and Potsdam Minor GSA were drafted by Jaeide Jawahill (President of CUGSA, 2018-2019) and Patrick Conlon (Vice President of CUGSA, 2018-2019). The documents were ratified and brought into effect by the CUGSA Graduate Council for the year 2019-2020 on May 2020 led by the presiding president Sandip Purnapatra (2019-Present).

Jaeide Jawahill
Chemical Engineering, Ph.D. student
Patrick Conlon,
Mechanical Engineering, M.S. student
Sandip Purnapatra
Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ph.D. student

Website Developers

This website was developed and designed by Marzieh Babaeianjelodar and Priyanka Das, the CUGSA councillors of 2019-2020 for the convenience of Graduate Students community, with the support of the CUGSA PR Team (Alexia Lamb, Juby Varghese, Chethani Athukorala, Mahfuza Akter) and the presiding President Sandip Purnapatra (2019- Present). This website was launched in May 2020 by the CUGSA Graduate Council 2019-2020.

Marzieh Babaeianjelodar Computer Science, Ph.D. student
CUGSA Councilor
2019-2020
Priyanka Das
Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ph.D. student
CUGSA Councilor
2019-2020