The collective body of Executive Officers democratically elected at Spring General Assembly meetings by all Trent University Graduate students, a.k.a. the Voting Body, to act on behalf of Trent Graduate students in conducting the business of the TGSA.
Coming out of an MA at Queen’s University, Alison became involved in student politics with the goal of achieving a better voice for graduate students on campus. She represented the Art History department on the Society of Graduate and Professional Students and was the Equity Officer for PSAC 901, the TA and TF union at Queen’s University. Through these positions, she learned how to communicate graduate student issues to the university administration, navigate by-laws, and operate in a formal student governance setting.
My name is Alena and I am soon to enter the 2nd year of my graduate psychology degree. I have attended Trent for my undergraduate degree as well, that is where I have found myself passionate for sciences that involved exploring the mind of humans and other animals. Before that I permanently lived in Russia, but traveled a lot to know how different everyone around the world was. Sophisticated behavior is an amazing attribute of organisms. I am, therefore, planning on continuing to pursue this fascinating elucidation of fundamental bases of central nervous system workings in pathological and healthy environments. Currently I am discovering the mechanisms underlying genetic and gross activational deficits in memory-related structures in an epileptic rodent brain. This research would not be possible without Trent University and I hope to continue its excellent traditions along the way.
Ibraheem is the VP Communications for the TGSA as well as a Master’s Candidate at Trent University within the Environmental and Life Sciences Graduate Program. Before coming to Trent, Ibraheem received his H.BSc degree from the University of Toronto with a specialization in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology. Ibraheem is currently working as a member of the Saville and Emery Laboratory and his research is focused on investigating the molecular mechanisms behind the formation of tumors in the corn smut disease. As VP Communications, one of his visions is to help facilitate and promote communication among graduate students at Trent.
I’ve witnessed some of the struggle that the TGSA has experienced recently with participation/relevance etc, and I think it would be good to be involved with the association, if possible. The senate is many things, but overall it’s a critical unit within the administration and community at Trent: one of the only sites of real discourse. I’d do my best to represent, be informed and be useful if I was elected to the available position. About myself- from northeastern Ontario, Ba degree in Ancient History and Classics, working now on a Critical Topography and Poetics of the ‘Anthropocene’. I’m a Canadian MEAP national award alum, and I’ve been involved with elected representative bodies during my UG and earlier, serving as treasurer then president for the Classics student club, student trustee for the District ON N.E. school board. Academic interest in the early history of ‘Canada’, industrialization, geology, science policy, governmental development and stewardship of land and resources etc. Recently quit my job working in underground hard rock mine up north. I spend a lot of time in the bush and on the rivers. Now a Peterborough resident.