President
Edwing Medina
Edwing Medina, Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, and a resident of New York City for 34 years, Edwing is a resident of northern Broward County. Edwing is a McKnight Doctoral Fellow in his fourth year as a Ph.D. student of Teaching & Learning (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics [STEM] Education). He has served on the GSA as Senator (2011-2012), as Parliamentarian (2012-2013), and as Vice President (2013-2014). He has served on the Dean of Libraries Search Committee and as a member of the Student Activities Center Advisory Committee and Faculty Senate Committee. Edwing obtained his B.A. in Economics and Journalism (double major) from New York University (under a full Presidential Scholarship). He enjoyed a 10-year career in the music industry, working for music icon Tony Bennett, then at Columbia Record's Artists & Repertoire/Release Planning department, and then for former Sony Music CEO & Chairman Thomas D. Mottola. In 2001, he began a career in education, returning to work for a New York City community-based organization that he was enrolled in while in high school, serving as its Deputy Director and helping thousands of minority public high school students visit, apply to, and be awarded scholarships to attend some of the most competitive universities in the country, including UM. During this time, he returned to school to earn his M.S. Ed. in Mathematics Education (Grades 7-12) at the City University of New York's Queens College and remains a New York State-certified secondary mathematics teacher. He also began an 8-year tenure with New York City's largest municipal employee union (District Council 37), preparing hundreds of its adult members (during weeknights and weekends) to prepare for professional placement and promotion exams in English (to Speakers of Other Languages) and Mathematics. Edwing is an active Research Assistant at the School of Education and Human Development (SoEHD) in the I.E.S.-funded Language in Mathematics project, an after-school research project at UM's West Laboratory Elementary School studying the role of interactions and representations in mathematics learning, and most recently, in the U.S. Department of Education-funded "Replicating the CGI (CognitivelyGuided Instruction) Experiment in Diverse Environments" study. He is also exploring how students represent mathematics in multiple ways and through multiple media (i.e., MRC, or Meta-Representational Competence), and the effective use and development of virtual mathematics learning environments. He has taught the Secondary Mathematics Methods course at both the masters and undergraduate level. In Summer 2014, and with much support from Dr. Gloria Pelaez (Director, UM Teacher Preparation programs), Edwing accompanied Dr. Michael Gaines (UM Biology Professor and Assistant Provost of Undergraduate Research and Community Outreach) and four UM undergraduate students on a 3-week visit to Pretoria, South Africa. Edwing assisted the Education students in developing lesson plans, ordering supplies, and delivering engaging middle school science lessons and laboratory activities as part of the South Africa component of the "Science Made Sensible" program, spearheaded by Dr. Gaines in partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools and a number of UM undergraduate and doctoral students.
   
 
Vice President
Gregory O'Connor
Gregory O'Connor, Greg is a fifth year PhD candidate in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology department investigating the effects of gastrointestinal bacterial communication on disease and infection. He earned his B.S. in Biology here at the University of Miami. Greg looks forward to serving the graduate student community across all three campuses and helping to make the U an even better place to be! Go Canes!
   
 
Secretary
Kelley Erickson
Kelley Erickson, Kelley Erickson is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Biology. Her research interests are in the interface between mathematics and biology, particularly in the applications of probability theory to modeling complex ecological processes. Her dissertation research focuses on the role of temporal variation in the assemblage of animal dispersers on the spread of an invasive shrub across Florida. She came to the University of Miami in 2010 after earning a B.A. in Mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis. She has represented the graduate students in her department as a GSA Senator from 2012-2014 and is excited for her new role as GSA Secretary.
   
 
Treasurer
Merly Ovares
Merly Ovares, Merly is a McKnight Doctoral Fellow in her fourth year as a Ph.D. student in the department of Marine Biology and Ecology at RSMAS. Her research focuses on how a virus-like agent, infecting a common fish species in the Florida reefs, affects mitochondrial function in vitro. She earned her BA in Marine Science/Biology at the University of Miami (CANES for Life!). She was part of the Marine Science Graduate Student Organization (MSGSO) from 2012-2014 and is now looking forward to being an even more active member of the UM Graduate Community by being in the GSA e-board. On her spare time she enjoys SCUBA diving, binge watching Netflix and listening to dubstep/trap.
   
 
Parliamentarian
Mailyn Fernández
Mailyn Fernández,
   
 
Media Relations Officer
Victoria López
 Victoria López,
   
 
Vasileios Stathias, Vasileios is a third year PhD student in the Department of Human Genetics and Genomics studying the Epigenetics of Brain Tumors. He earned his BA in Molecular Biology & Genetics from Democritus University in Greece. Since then he is an active part of the UM Graduate Community and looks forward to make UM the best it can be. In his spare time, he enjoys watching Michael Bay movies, playing volleyball and going out!
   
 
Publications Officer
Yiwen Ji
Yiwen Ji, Yiwen Ji, is a doctoral student in the Chemistry Graduate Program. Her research interests include inducing organic surface reactions with nano-lithography and its novel applications. She finished her B.S. Degree at UM in two and a half years, and continued to pursue further education in UM in 2013. She joined GSA as the GSA Publication Officer in October 2013.