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Graduate Student Association Elections

Congratulations to all the candidates who ran for office in this election cycle!  The next general election cycle will begin around mid March 2021.

The candidates who have been elected are listed below:

Executive Council

Internal Vice President Benny Nguyen
External Vice President Zunaira Iqbal
Treasurer Quy Lam
Solidarity Officer Karla Seijas

The breakdown of the votes for each Executive Officer candidate can be viewed here.


Delegate Assembly

The candidates elected through the GSA election are as follows:

Bioengineering vacant
Chemistry & Chemical Biology Melissa Goodlad
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Maryam Khazaei
Mechanical Engineering Anupam Mishra

The breakdown of the votes for each Delegate candidate can be viewed here.

The Delegates elected internally by graduate groups are as follows:

Economics vacant
Interdisciplinary Humanities Hugo Lopez Chavolla
Public Health Shaina Sta Cruz


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.

Nominees must be currently enrolled as a full-time student at UC Merced this semester in order to run, and a plurality 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 two-thirds majority needed for election. A student can only hold one role and will need to choose if elected for two or more roles.

Please forward violations of these election criterion to Grad Division at or

If you feel harassed or targeted, please contact the UC Merced Ombuds Office 209-228-4410

Election Timeline
Nominations: August 19th – September 4th
Nomination acceptance period: September 5th – 11th
Elections: September 14th - 18th
Voting Results: September 22nd