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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.

Applications are currently being accepted for 2022-2023

Graduate students enrolled in graduate degree programs including online programs are invited to apply. 

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 below for a list of the 2021-2022 project groups). Meetings and projects teams work in hybrid or virtual modes to allow for the fullest range of participation. The estimated overall time commitment is about 3 hours per month.

Applicants should be graduate students in good academic standing who will be registered during 2022-2023.

To apply, please complete the form at the link below, which includes uploading a current copy of your CV/resume and a response of 500 words or less to the prompt: Tell us why you are interested in engaging with the graduate student community and the Graduate College through SAGE. If selected, what perspectives or experiences would you bring to the board?

The deadline to apply is June 1, 11:59 p.m. (CT).



Membership for 2021-2022

Sari Alkhatib Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering
Melanie Archipley Astronomy
Sebastian Aviles Labor and Employment Relations
Leah Becker English
Izan Chalen Paredes Animal Sciences
Kevin Cheng Biophysics
Elizabeth Coder Education Policy, Oganization and Leadership
Megan Cole English
Michelle Farley Anthropology
Samantha Iwinski Human Development and Family Studies
Ben Jasperson Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
Shelby Keye Kinesiology
Victorial Kriuchkovskaia Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Pradeep Kumar Molecular and Cellular Biology
Zoe MacDowell Kaswan Neuroscience
Holly Mallinson Atmospheric Science
Ana Mitchell Nutritional Sciences
Preetha Maanasa Mohan Masters of Science in Management
Julissa Nunez Agriculture and Biological Engineering
Rama Paudel Crop Sciences
Cassidy Russell Library Sciences
Allison Rzepka Mechanical Science and Engineering
Kay Gomes Saul iMBA
Shuyuan Shen Political Science
Irina Valenzuela  Economics
Destiny Williams-Dobosz Educational Psychology
Charlotte Bauer Graduate College
Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko Graduate College

Read more about the SAGE members on the GradLIFE blog.


SAGE Project Groups:

Thesis Writer Support Group

  • Sari Alkhatib
  • Megan Cole
  • Michelle Farley
  • Ben Jasperson
  • Rama Paudel

Professional Development/Careers Working Group

  • Melanie Archipley
  • Izan Chalen Paredes
  • Elizabeth Coder
  • Victoria Kriuchkovskaia
  • Pradeep Kumar
  • Preetha Maanasa Mohan
  • Cassidy Russell

Mentoring Group

  • Leah Becker
  • Kevin Jose Cheng
  • Samantha Iwinski
  • Zoe MacDowell Kaswan
  • Holly Mallinson
  • Ana Mitchell
  • Shuyuan Shen
  • Irina Valenzuela

GradLIFE Podcast Group

  • Sebastian Aviles
  • Shelby Keye
  • Julissa Nunez
  • Allison Rzepka
  • Kay Gomes Saul

GradLIFE Blog Group

  • Megan Cole
  • Preetha Maanasa Mohan
  • Julissa Nunez
  • Cassidy Russell
  • Destiny Williams-Dobosz