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 third-year Ph.D student in Criminal Justice and a University Distinguished Fellow. Her research interests include the social construction of terrorism and mass-casualty events, school shooting conspiracy theories, and offender narrative identities. 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 rising 2L 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 her study interests include domestic violence in the community and the effect of the criminal justice system on young adults.

Kaitlin Casulli

Kaitlin Casulli

Treasurer
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.

Parliamentarian
Alounso Gilzene

Alounso Gilzene

Director of Event Planning

Alounso Gilzene is a Second year Ph.D. student in the Department of K-12
Educational Administration. He is originally from Miami, Florida. His research interests include: the work of principals in schools primarily serving students of color and the role of nonprofits in urban schools. Prior to attending MSU, Alounso worked as a Data Analyst for the Friere Charter School Network in Philadelphia.

Law Liaison
Medical School Liaison
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. 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
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