Program Representatives

Program Representatives shall be elected by the members of their programs in departmental elections run by departmental societies or with help from the VP Senate. Only Trent University Graduate students of individual departments may vote for their department representatives.


Name: Alexandra Kuhne
Program: M.Sc. Environmental and Life Sciences

About Alex:

Alex completed her undergrad at Trent with a joint honours major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with an Emphasis in Health Sciences. She completed an undergraduate thesis project with focus on histology and immunohistochemistry in a wild type mouse P. leucopus. She is currently pursuing a post secondary Master’s Degree with the Emery lab. Her new focus is in the environmental sciences specifically working on the growth optimization of a microalgae species for industrial use with collaboration from an industry partner.

Current Vacancies


Applied Modeling and Quantitative Methods

Canadian and Indigenous Studies

Canadian Studies

Cultural Studies

Educational Studies

English (Public Texts)


Indigenous Studies

Material Sciences


Sustainability Studies

Theory, Culture and Politics

Instrumental Chemical Analysis


Forensic Science

Send your nominations to if you are interested in becoming a program representative.


Commissioners are elected by all Trent University Graduate students, a.k.a. the Voting Body, at Spring General Assembly meetings.

i. Equity Commissioner

Name: Sarah Rayner, M.A. in Theory, Culture & Politics


About Sarah: 

Sarah is in their first year in the Masters of Theory, Culture & Politics. Sarah has a diploma in Community Work and an undergraduate degree in Human Rights & Equity Studies, in which has helped to supplement their lived experiences as a member of the LGBTQ+ community around issues regarding anti-oppression and equity.

Sarah has held multiple positions within student unions and knows how important roles such as this in terms of being able to work with board members and executives. Sarah’s roles as Internal Coordinator of Trans, Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Asexual at York (TBLGAY) and as LGBTQ+ and Women & Trans Support Staff at The Community Action Centre has allowed them to not only live out anti-oppression practices but be able to instill these values in their work and community. Sarah has had the opportunity in these roles to facilitate anti-oppression workshops and develop events and campaigns around issues pertaining to equity and anti-oppression, including events and campaigns relating to battling ableism, colonialism, anti-black racism and homophobia/transphobia on college and university campuses.

As Equity Commissioner they believe they hold all of the lived and work experience needed to succeed in this position, allowing them to help in creating a positive experience for graduate students.

ii. Environmental Commissioner

Name: Jayme Stabler, Ph.D. Candidate in the Materials Science program



About Jayme: 

Jayme has conducted her research  in the Inorganic Materials Research Lab in the Chemistry Department where she has been working on extracting and characterizing collagen and hyaluronic acid from eggshell membrane. This research diverts large quantities of eggshell membrane from landfill and provides an additional revenue stream of high value material to the egg breaking facility.

She attended a graduate student conference at UOIT (the Materials Science program is connected to UOIT) that brought together all graduate students for a day to share and highlight their research with all other disciplines. She is interested in starting a day like this at Trent. There is a lot of interesting research projects going on in the Materials Science program and she feels like highlighting those projects and sharing with other disciplines will add to the already rewarding graduate student experience.

As environmental commissioner Jayme is a great fit because of her research and care for the environment. She is  heading into the last years of graduate school and wants to make the most of her time and be as involved as possible while encouraging others to do the same.

iii. Health Benefits Commissioner

Name: Joseph Bogaard, M.Sc. Candidate in Applied Modelling and Quantitative Methods (AMOD)


About Joseph: 

Joseph is a first year AMOD graduate student at Trent. Though a first year for Graduate Studies, he is not entirely new here and has completed an undergraduate degree at Trent University. As a graduate student here he is in a unique position as he is a TA for Mathematics and Computer Science (5 hours each). He also has club experience as he has been involved with SUMS (Society of Undergraduate Mathematics Students) in his undergraduate studies, and became President of the society last year.

He believes that the Health Benefits Commissioner is a good fit for him because of his experience at the Ministry of Labour, and that the students need a strong advocate for their Health.

iv. External Affair Commissioner

Name: *Vacant*



V. International Student Representative Commissioner

The International Student Representative Commissioner shall be elected at Spring General Assembly meetings. Only Trent University Graduate International Students may vote for the International Student Representative Commissioner.

Name: *VACANT*


CUPE 3908 Representative

A Trent University Graduate student designate from CUPE Local 3908 Unit 2 who has a seat on the TGSA Board.

Name: Hannah McFarlane, Master’s Candidate in Education