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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 services.

Membership for 2020-2021

Melanie Archipley Astronomy
Opeyemi Arogundade Bioengineering
Sebastian Aviles Labor and Employment Relations
Flavia Batista da Silva Portuguese and Brazilian Studies
Sarah Brown Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Dominique Campbell Communication
Brett Coffee Business/iMBA
Angelique Evans Education Policy and Leadership
Victoria Fields Communication
Anna Flood English/Literary Studies
Katie Frye Microbiology 
Tina Hermosillo Theatre
Caitlin Kengle Physics
Shelby Keye Kinesiology and Community Health
Matthew Klopfenstein History
Andrea Kunze Educational Psychology
Liqian Ma Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Holly Mallinson Atmospheric Sciences
Ana Mitchell Nutritional Sciences
Vidushi Ojha Computer Science
Rama Paudel Crop Science
Maria Philip Chemistry
Shivani Siddagangaiah Civil Engineering
Anastasia Olga Tzirides Learning Design and Leadership
Abigail Valtierra Social Work
Fikriyah Winata Geography / GIS
Bianca Xu Food Science and Human Nutrition
Charlotte Bauer Graduate College
Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko Graduate College

Read more about them in our GradLIFE blog.


2020-2021 SAGE Project Groups:

Transitioning to Graduate School/GradMAP Working Group

  • Melanie Archipley
  • Opeyemi Arogundade
  • Matthew Klopfenstein
  • Liqian Ma
  • Shivani Siddagangaiah
  • Fikriyah Winata

Career Working Group

  • Brett Coffee
  • Katie Frye
  • Matthew Klopfenstein
  • Rama Paudel
  • Maria Philip
  • Olnancy Tzirides

Diversity and Inclusion Working Group

  • Angelique Evans
  • Victoria Fields
  • Anna Flood
  • Andrea Kunze
  • Vidushi Ojha

Mentoring Graduate Students through Challenging Times Committee

  • Victoria Fields
  • Tina Hermosillo
  • Holly Mallinson
  • Ana Mitchell
  • Bianca Xu

SAGE Podcast Group

  • Sebastian Aviles
  • Dominique Campbell
  • Anna Flood
  • Cat Kengle
  • Shelby Keye
  • Abby Valtierra

Web Redesign Group

  • Melanie Archipley
  • Flávia Batista
  • Sarah Brown
  • Katie Frye
  • Olnancy Tzirides