Our Mission

The Council of Graduate Students is the authorized student government on campus representing all graduate/professional students at Michigan State University. Our mission is to promote the academic, social and economic goals of graduate and professional students.

COGS accomplishes its mission through advocacy, innovative programming, and collaboration with other student organizations and the academic and administrative units of the University.

Our EBoard

Meagan Abel

Meagan Abel

President

Meagan Abel is a fourth-year Ph.D student in Criminal Justice and a University Distinguished Fellow. Her research focuses on public perceptions of/reactions to extremist and mass-casualty violence in the United States. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Government, English, and Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin.

Diondra Straiton

Diondra Straiton

Vice President of Internal Affairs

Diondra Straiton is currently pursuing her PhD in Clinical Psychology and completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology and Educational Studies at Swarthmore College. Her research focuses on improving access to care for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) from traditionally underserved backgrounds by increasing caregiver engagement in autism-related services and by increasing access to caregiver-mediated interventions in community settings. Diondra also is the Vice President of the Mid-Michigan Autism Association.

Danielle Jones

Danielle Jones

Vice President of External Affairs

Danielle Jones is a third year law student at Michigan State University College of Law. Prior to law school, Danielle completed her undergraduate degree in Criminology with a minor in Psychology at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. At Michigan State, she is involved in Women’s Law Caucus and the Housing Law Clinic and her study interests include domestic violence in the community, housing issues, social justice concerns, and the effect of the criminal justice system on young adults.

Kaitlin Casulli

Kaitlin Casulli

Treasurer

Kaitlyn Casulli a third-year Ph.D. student in biosystems engineering, and prior to coming to MSU, she received her BS in food science at NC State University. Her dissertation focuses on relating heat and mass transfer kinetics to microbial inactivation during dry roasting, using peanuts as a case study. She is currently developing a model to simulate Salmonella inactivation on shelled peanuts in a flat-bed roaster, with a goal of relating the predicted inactivation to salmonellosis risk in roasted products. Before becoming treasurer, she served as her department’s COGS representative for two years, during which she was chair of the mental health committee, which organized MSU’s first ever celebration of World Suicide Prevention Day. She has also served on a number of university committees tasked with mental health reform and supporting students with disabilities.

Hunter McFall-Boegeman

Hunter McFall-Boegeman

Recording Secretary

Prior to serving on the Eboard, Hunter McFall-Boegeman served three years as the COGS representative for the Department of Chemistry, where he’s a PhD candidate. His research interests include carbohydrate synthesis, glycobiology, and immunology as they relate to cancer immunotherapies. His dissertation involves engineering the bacteriophage Qβ to display tumor associated carbohydrate antigens (TACAs) and Cytotoxic T cell epitopes as part of a therapeutic and preventative anti-cancer vaccine. For his work, he was named a 2018 Aitch Foundation Graduate Fellow. He earned his B.A. in Biochemistry from the University of Minnesota-Morris. There he played on both the football and track and field teams while serving as a Community Advisor for the Office of Residential Life. Outside of his own research he enjoys teaching, sports, and exploring other fields outside of his research.

Nicole Walker

Nicole Walker

Parliamentarian

Nicole Walker is a 3L at Michigan State University College of Law. Prior to MSU, she recieved her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Affairs from Florida State University. Her study interests include domestic violence and sexual assault in the community. After law school, Nicole plans to pursue a career in criminal law as a prosecuting attorney.

Iris Wong

Iris Wong

Director of Event Planning

Iris Wong is currently pursuing her Master of Social Work in Community and Organizational Leadership and completed her undergraduate studies in Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Ottawa in Canada. Her study interests include child welfare and mental health literacy for youth. At Michigan State, she is involved with GradSAC, the MSU Chance at Childhood Clinic as well as the Research Scholar program. She currently works with Dr. Joanne Riebschleger. Her research is focused on developing a mental health information website and program for teenagers.

Hagop Mouradian

Hagop Mouradian

Law Liaison
Mitchell Gatt

Mitchell Gatt

Medical School Liaison

Mitchell Gatt is currently a second year medical student who is also finishing up his MBA as part of a dual degree here at MSU. From South Lyon, MI, Gatt received his undergraduate degree from Hillsdale College in Biology.

Dr. Laura McCabe

Dr. Laura McCabe

Advisor

Dr. McCabe, Professor in the Department of Physiology and Director of the MSU Beckman Scholar Program, received her B.A. and Ph.D. from University of Chicago. After graduate training in intestinal physiology, her post-doctoral research at UMass Medical Center. Currently, her laboratory is working to identify novel osteoporosis therapeutics that target the gut. Dr. McCabe has been training undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students for more than 25 years.

Our Staff

Deanne Arking

Deanne Arking

Office Manager
Matt Reynolds

Matt Reynolds

Majors: Supply Chain Management and Environmental Studies and Sustainability
Emma Dietrich

Emma Dietrich

Major: Marketing with Public Relations Minor

Contact Us

Chittenden Hall

466 W Circle Dr, room 120

office@cogs.msu.edu

517-353-9189

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