Executive Committee (EC)

Kriti Agarwal

President (ex officio member)


Kriti is a 6th year Ph.D. candidate in the Electrical Engineering department on East Bank. Her research is in nanotechnology focusing on how the interaction of nanostructures with light changes based on their morphology. She is an international student from India and has also worked at IBM for three years. Kriti's hobbies are centered around experiencing different cultures through languages, food, music or travel.

Deepak Haarith

Vice President (ex officio member)


Deepak is a Ph.D. Candidate in Plant Pathology. He received his Bachelors and Masters' degrees in Industrial Biotechnology from India, and is working towards becoming an agriculture policymaker. He is currently studying biological control potentials of native Minnesotan fungi on the Soybean Cyst Nematodes. He enjoys camping in the woods, cooking, baking, and watching TV in his free time.

Scott Petty



Scott defines himself as "A Texan adrift in the Great White North", and that is saying a lot. He is a PhD student in Applied Economics and enjoys baking desserts for our EC meeting breakfasts.

Brett Heischmidt

Director of Finance


Chelsea L. Cervantes de Blois

Director of Grants


Chelsea is a PhD student in the Department of Geography, Environment and Society (GES) and a Graduate Trainee in the Minnesota Population Center (MPC). Outside of the books, she is a full-time ballerina, artist, and life-researcher.

Mattea Allert

Director of Programming


Mattea is a first year PhD student in the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology program. She studies the evolution of human and primate genomes and how it shaped their gut microbiome. Outside the lab she likes to swim, bike, and bake.

Anushree Ramanath

Director of Communications & Public Affairs


Anushree is a 4th year Ph.D. candidate in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. Her research is in harnessing renewable energy to enhance environmental sustainability. She received her Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from India and has three years of work experience as a Senior Software Developer. She enjoys traveling, yoga, painting and music in her free time.

A. Grace Haynes

Director of Internal Relations


Grace is a master's student in Natural Resources Science and Management. Her research focuses on velvet longhorned beetle, an invasive beetle recently introduced to Minnesota. She is investigating its host preferences and life cycle in order to explore its potential impact in the midwest. She received her bachelor's degree in International Development Studies at UCLA. When she's not counting beetle eggs, Grace enjoys backpacking, cooking, and running.

Anthony Kahane

Representative to the Board of Regents


Madison D Anderson

Representative to Student Senate


Madison (she/her/hers) is a 3rd year Ph.D. student in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health. Madison is Anishinaabe from the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Her research focuses on colonization's lasting impact on cardiovascular disease within American Indians. She enjoys karaoke and pumpkin spice coffee.

Max Van Wyk De Vries

Representative to Graduate School Advisory Board


Prof. Sally Gregory Kohlstedt



Dr. Sally Gregory Kohlstedt is Professor of the History of Science (CSE), where she studies and teaches the dynamics of scientific communities in cultural context. Her free time is spent on the North Shore and with her Airedale, Ginger.

Kathleen Craig

Staff Member


Drew Carter

Associate Director of Grants (ex officio member)


Drew is a PhD candidate in Food Science and this is his second year being involved in COGS EC. In this own words "I believe being involved with the governance and policies of the University and helping change how things work is an important part of being a graduate student and I encourage others to become involved as well. "

Pooja Hegde

Associate Director of Programming (ex officio member)


Pooja is a first year doctoral student in the department of Medicinal Chemistry. She has a Masters degree from Creighton University, Nebraska.

She is an international student, from Mumbai, India and has been in the states for about 3 years now.

Nishank Varshney

Associate Director of Programming (ex officio member)


Nishank is a Ph.D. student in Public Affairs at the Humphrey School, with a focus on Early Childhood Education, currently working at the Human Capital Research Collaborative (HCRC). He is from India, and in his free time, he likes to go on bike rides or watch Bollywood movies.

Associate Director of co-curricular Programming (ex officio member)