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.

Have a question for any of the Eboard members? Please email them at: office@cogs.msu.edu 

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.

Zoe Hansen

Zoe Hansen

Vice President of Internal Affairs

Zoe Hansen is a third-year PhD student in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Michigan State University. Her research involves using computational tools to investigate how foodborne infection influences antibiotic resistance in the human gut. In addition to COGS, Zoe is also very involved in the local chapter of Graduate Women in Science (GWIS), serving as Vice President and Co-Chair of Girls Math and Science Day.

Diondra Straiton

Diondra Straiton

Vice President of External 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.

Alyssa Logan

Alyssa Logan

Treasurer

Alyssa Logan is a Ph.D. student in the Animal Science Department studying Equine Exercise Physiology under Dr. Brian Nielsen. Her research focuses on the impacts of differing types of exercise on the bone and joint health of young, racing, and competing horses. Alyssa also has special interest in incorporating experiential learning into Animal Science courses by involving students in research and animal handling.

Sarah McFall-Boegeman

Sarah McFall-Boegeman

Recording Secretary

Sarah McFall-Boegeman is currently serving as the COGS recording secretary after serving as the representative for the Chemistry Department last year. She is in her 4th year of her PhD candidacy in Chemistry. Her research investigates the surface preparation methods of aluminum alloys in the aerospace sector to mitigate corrosion. Currently her work is looking at the advantages of laser surface treatments and an environmentally friendly coating system to inhibit corrosion. In addition to serving as the COGS recording secretary she also serves on the steering committee of ACS Women in Chemistry where she helps encourage women and girls to stay in chemistry and to show that there is a strong network of Women Chemists. Sarah also serves as the graduate student representative to the Chemistry department DEI committee.

Hunter McFall-Boegeman

Hunter McFall-Boegeman

Parliamentarian

Prior to serving as the Parliamentarian, Hunter McFall-Boegeman served as the Recording Secretary for one year and for three years as the COGS representative for the Department of Chemistry. He is currently a 5th year PhD candidate in the Department of Chemistry. 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.

Lina Freeman

Lina Freeman

Director of Event Planning

Lina Freeman is a master’s student studying PR and Advertising at the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. Her research interests include race, gender, media, and culture. Before coming to MSU, Lina received her B.A. in African American Studies at Syracuse University. She is currently the Communications Graduate Assistant for Residence Education and Housing Services at MSU.

Ian Lewis

Ian Lewis

Law Liaison

Ian Lewis is a 2L at MSU College of Law. Prior to attending MSU College of Law, Ian attended Northern Michigan University where he obtained his B.S. in Public Administration and also started his Master’s in Public Administration. Upon graduation, Ian hopes to either practice law in a rural area or get involved in politics.

Breanna Demaline

Breanna Demaline

Medical Schools Liaison

Breanna Demaline is a second-year veterinary student at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to veterinary school, Breanna spent three years at Northern Michigan University where she studied for a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and a minor in Psychology, before matriculating into veterinary school with early-acceptance. Breanna is passionate in communication and the client-clinician relationship, business management, and emergency and critical care veterinary medicine. Upon graduation she hopes to work at a private small animal emergency medicine practice for a few years before starting her own veterinary emergency medicine practice.

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
Maura Glynn

Maura Glynn

Majors: Economics and International Relations with Quantitative Data Analytics Minor

Contact Us

Chittenden Hall

466 W Circle Dr, room 120

office@cogs.msu.edu

517-353-9189

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