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Students Advising on Graduate Education (SAGE)

SAGE is a student advisory board and leadership opportunity for graduate students at Illinois that fosters active engagement with Graduate College programs and initiatives. SAGE board members enrich the graduate student community, build leadership skills, and strengthen Graduate College services and programs. This board contributes to the graduate student community at Illinois by providing varied perspectives that enhance the academic, professional, and social experience of graduate students at the university. They also provide valuable input for Graduate College programs, resources, and services.

The Graduate College seeks applications from graduate students to serve on SAGE for the 2024-2025 academic year.

Members are required to participate in monthly meetings during the fall and spring semesters and have the option to participate in focused project groups that are determined by SAGE members and the Graduate College at the start of each academic year. (See the link below for a list of the 2023-2024 project groups.) The estimated overall time commitment is about 3 hours per month.

Applications are welcome from graduate students enrolled in graduate degree programs including online programs. Meetings and project groups take place in hybrid modes or virtually. Applicants should be graduate students in good academic standing who will be registered during 2024-2025.

The application deadline is Sunday, April 14, 2024 (11:59 p.m. CT).



Membership for 2023-2024

Kyra Abrams Informatics
Rebecca Bishop Comparative Biosciences
Joe Bowie Dance
Elizabeth Coder Education Policy, Organization and Leadership
Ellie Conklin Neuroscience
Ibou Doumbya Education Policy, Organization and Leadership
Parsa Faghihi Mechanical Science and Engineering
Natalia Fic Urban Planning
Caitlyn Georgiou English
Selim Havan Educational Psychology
Amos Jeng Educational Psycology
Pradeep Kumar Molecular and Cellular Biology
Vikram Kumar Civil and Environmental Engineering
Allison Louie Neuroscience
Willencia Louis-Charles Community Health
Shelby Martell Neuroscience
Wesam Mohamed Civil and Environmental Engineering
Diana Morales Kinesiology and Community Health
Apoorva Nag Social Work
Uyen Nguyen Library and Information Science
G.S. Rakib Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering
Isaiah Raynal Political Science
Allison Rzepka Mechanical Science and Engineering
Selena Salazar Human Resources and Industrial Relations
Linyuan (Carol) Shi Psychology
Rahnuma Siddika Political Science
Azlan Smith English (MFA) and Writing Studies
Prashanthi Srinivasan Financial Mathematics
Ali Zaidi Computer Science
Charlotte Bauer  Graduate College, Assistant Dean
Andrea Bridges Graduate College, Wellbeing and Community Coordinator
Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko Graduate College, Dean

Visit our GradLIFE blog for more information about this year's SAGE board!

SAGE Project Groups

Building Community (with Andrea Bridges)

  • Ibrahima Doumbya
  • Elizabeth Coder
  • Amos Jeng
  • Parsa Faghihi
  • Catie Georgiou
  • Allison Louie
  • Wesam Mohamed
  • Uyen Nguyen
  • Selena Salazar
  • Linyuan (Carol) Shi

Demystifying the Application Process (with Zeynep Madak-erdogan)

  • Kyra Milan Abrams
  • Pradeep Kumar
  • Shelby Martell
  • Apoorva Nag
  • Allison Rzepka
  • Rahnuma Siddika
  • Azlan Smith

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Festival Planning (with Lisa Abston) 

*meets in Spring 24

  • Joe Bowie
  • Selim Havan
  • Vikram Kumar
  • Diana Morales
  • Prashanthi Srinivasan
  • Ali Zaidi

Transparency of Processes and Procedures (with Matt Abbott and charlotte bauer)

  • Rebecca Bishop
  • Ellie Conklin
  • Natalia Fic
  • Willencia Louis-Charles
  • G S Rakib
  • Isaiah Raynal