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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 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 events, such as welcome materials for new graduate students, professional development resources, and Graduate Student Appreciation Week activities.

You can read about our current SAGE board members on the Grad Life blog.

Nominations Sought for 2018-2019 SAGE Board

Consider serving on the 2018-2019 SAGE board! Meet fellow grad students and contribute to the broader graduate student community at Illinois. Participants are  required to attend monthly meetings and will have the option to serve on planning groups for Graduate College initiatives. The estimated  time commitment is about 3 hours per month.


The deadline to apply is Sunday, April 8, 2018 (11:59 p.m.).


To apply, please complete the online application form at the link below. Appliations require uploading a copy of your resume or CV and a short essay response (500 workds or less) that addresses the following:

Please articulate why you are interested in engaging with graduate student community and Graduate College staff. What unique perspectives or experiences would you bring to the board?

The Graduate College strives to have an advisory board that reflects both the disciplinary and cultural diversity of our students, including diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, and geographic region. We welcome applications from all master's, doctoral and online graduate degree programs who will be enrolled during the 2018-2019 academic year and are in good academic standing.


Apply online


Membership for 2017-2018

AnnaMarie Bliss Architecture
Celeste Alexander Nutritional Sciences
Charlotte Prieu French Linguistics
Diana Marie Byrne Environmental Engineering
Ga Young Chung Education Policy Studies
Halie Rando Informatics
Harshdeep Banwait Business Administration
John Musser English
Josue Alejandro Lopez Berganza Civil and Environmental Engineering
Mackenzie Neally Education Policy, Organization & Leadership
Maria Victoria Baraldi Professional Science Masters in Food Science and Human Nutrition
Maryam Khademian Microbiology
Matthew C Fiorentino Music Education
Raghavendra Pradyumna Pothukuchi Computer Science
Reshmina William Civil Engineering
Rhianna Anglin Education Policy Studies - Online Diversity and Equity concentration
Sophia Imtiazi Human Resources and Industrial Relations
Stephanie Schramm Environmental Engineering
Sulagna Chakraborty Community Health
Zane Ma Computer Science
Charlotte Bauer Graduate College
Wojtek J. Chodzko-Zajko Graduate College