Congratulations to the upcoming 2019-2020 administration!
Please join us for the 2019-2020 inauguration on Monday, May 13th at 05:30pm in The Pavilion, Room 104.
The outcome of the 2019 election is as follows:
Brandon Batzloff (CIS) &
|Internal Vice President||Vicky Espinoza (ES)|
|External Vice President||Alexandria Pabst (CIS)|
|Academic Affairs Officer||Matthew Turner (CIS)|
|Treasurer||Shayna Bennett (App. Math)|
|Internal Communications Officer||-|
Community Outreach Officer
|Tafadzwa Joseph Dube (EECS)|
|International Affairs Officer ||Ahmed Correa Alavarez (IH) &
Feng Yu (QSB)
and Equity Officer
: The top 2 candidates for President and International Affairs Officer decided to combine their votes in order to have the majority required for election. These offices will be a joint appointment, with one vote shared between both students in each office.
|Interdisciplinary Humanities||Ekta Kandhway|
|Mechanical Engineering||Farhana Sharmin|
|Political Science||Dylan Moses|
|Psychological Science||Janice Disla|
|Public Health||Shaina Santa Cruz|
|Applied Mathematics||(elected within grad group)|
Small Scale Technologies
|(elected within grad group)|
|Electrical Engineering &
|(elected within grad group)|
|Environmental Systems||(elected within grad group)|
|Quantitative & Systems Biology||(elected within grad group)|
|Sociology||(elected within grad group)|
UC Merced Graduate Student Association Election Criterion and Timeline
Statement of decorum
As future faculty and professionals, we are setting an example to our student body and thus need to be democratic about this process.
Expectations of nominees and affiliates
No one should feel unsafe to nominate, run, or vote for the candidate of their choice. Peers are allowed to endorse nominees. However, the spread of rumors and/or shaming of any nominee or affiliate is unacceptable and will be reprimanded. Monetary approaches to nominee endorsement or campaigning are also prohibited.
A “Meet the Candidates” voting party will take place on a date and time TBD. Facilitators of the event are current officers who will not be running again.
Nominees must be currently enrolled as a full-time student at UC Merced this semester in order to run, a simple majority is needed to be elected. Nominees must declare potential conflicts of interest with other nominees (i.e. relatedness, significant others, and/or being a part of the same research group). If there is a tie, the current Executive Council and Delegate Assembly will vote on a candidate with ⅔ majority needed for election. A student can only hold one role and will need to choose if elected for two or more roles.
Students elected will meet with the current GSA prior to August 2019 to discuss transitions and graduate student needs. Students elected will meet with nominees who were not elected to encourage community-oriented conversations and discourage hostility within the student body.
Please forward violations of these election criterion to Grad Division at firstname.lastname@example.org or
If you feel harassed or targeted, please contact the UC Merced Ombuds Office 209-228-4410
Comments and suggestions are welcome at http://gsa.ucmerced.edu/form/got-issue.
All nominations should be sent to Tawana Parks at email@example.com.
The following positions for Executive Council are open for nominations:
- Internal Vice President
- External Vice President
- Academic Affairs Officer
- Internal Communications Officer
- Public Relations/Community Outreach Officer
- International Affairs Officer
- Climate, Diversity and Equity Officer
The following positions for Delegate Assembly are open for nominations in this election:
- Chemistry and Chemical Biology
- Cognitive & Information Sciences
- Interdisciplinary Humanities
- Mechanical Engineering
- Political Science
- Psychological Sciences
- Public Health
The following positions for Delegate Assembly will be elected through the respective graduate student club:
- Applied Mathematics
- Bioengineering & Small Scale Technologies
- Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
- Environmental Systems
- Quantitative & Systems Biology
Delegate Assembly elections will elect both the primary and alternate delegates
Votes will be tallied and the winner will be the one with a 50% + 1 vote.
If no candidate receives a majority of votes, the candidate with the most votes (plurality) will be recommended to the new Delegate Assembly for appointment by the sitting executive board.
Thank you! We look forward to working with you on building our next graduate leadership team.