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McDougal Graduate Student Life Staff & Fellows

The McDougal Graduate Student Life (GSL) staff and fellows organize many fun programs and events to help you connect with other students, explore New Haven, and build a strong sense of community. Please feel free to reach out to us if we can help you!
 
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McDougal Graduate Student Life Staff

The Graduate Student Life staff oversees the McDougal Center facilities, plans New Student Orientation, and advises graduate student organizations and other student groups. 

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Matthew Tanico

Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Life
Founders Hall 185
(203) 432-8895
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Matthew Tanico

Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Life
Founders Hall 185
(203) 432-8895

Matthew Tanico, GRD ’17, came to GSAS after serving as the Associate Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration (RITM). At RITM, Matthew worked to advance innovative teaching and research on key topics of historical and contemporary importance. He began his career as an Academic Administration Fellow in the Graduate School Dean’s office in 2017 while completing his doctoral degree. After graduating, he taught in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at New York University and worked in Yale’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean’s office as a Project Specialist to build the inaugural “Scholars as Leaders; Scholars as Learners” suite of faculty development opportunities. Matthew earned a B.A. in Spanish and Italian from New York University and holds a Ph.D. in Spanish and Renaissance Studies from GSAS, where his academic research focused on Golden Age Spanish literature and its relation to material culture and technology.

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Jennifer Mendelsohn

Director of the McDougal Graduate Student Center
Founders Hall 186
203-432-2008
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Jennifer Mendelsohn

Director of the McDougal Graduate Student Center
Founders Hall 186
203-432-2008

Primary Responsibilities: McDougal Student Center, New Students & Orientations, Student Life & Wellness

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Elizabeth Ludyjan

Administrative Assistant
Founders Hall 187A
(203) 432-7377
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Elizabeth Ludyjan

Administrative Assistant
Founders Hall 187A
(203) 432-7377

Primary Responsibilities: Administrative Support, Facilities, McDougal Center Events

McDougal Graduate Student Life Fellows

Graduate School students who are appointed as McDougal Graduate Student Life (GSL) Fellows assist with organizing and leading many events for graduate students, including:

  • First Fridays at Five, a popular monthly grad student social event with free food and drink for adults 21 and older, with government photo ID. Bring your own mug (BYOM). We don’t supply cups or glasses!
  • the annual McDougal Winter Ball for graduate and professional students, post-docs and their partners and guests.
  • New Student Orientation for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS).
  • Grad Arts Nights, wellness events, family events, sports events, and much more.

Sound Like Fun? Apply to be a Fellow with us!

Interested in becoming a McDougal GSL Fellow? Applications are available online each March for the following academic year. Fellows work between five and eight hours per week in a flexible schedule and receive a modest honorarium. For a limited set of program areas, a GSAS student and spouse may share 1 Fellow position.

GSL Coordinating Fellow

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Sarah Ostresh
Chemistry

Arts & Culture

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Alycia Hall
African American Studies
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Juliana Trach
Psychology

Family

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Emily Cohodes and Jeffrey Mandell
Psychology/Computational Biology
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Estanislao Pazmino and Raissa Palacios
Anthropology

Health & Wellness

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Emily Condiff
Immunobiology
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Brianna Jackson
Nursing

International

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Saiti Halder
Biomedical Engineering
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Shenqi Wang
MCDB

Public Service

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Ng Akingbesote
Physiology
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Cecelia Harold
Genetics

Social

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Nakeirah Christie
Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry
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Ciru Wainaina
English
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Billy Yang
Mechanical Engineering

Sports & Recreation

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Emily Theus
Religious Studies
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Tayah Turocy
Chemistry

Technology and Data Science

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Hayon Michelle Choi
Environment