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USGA Senators are elected for a term of one academic year. The USGA Senators for the 2017-2018 academic year are listed by school or student group below.
Kourtni McClain (Primary)
Kourtni is in the Dental Hygiene Class of 2018. A Maryland native, she completed her prerequisite courses at Anne Arundel Community College before transferring to the University of Maryland School of Dentistry to complete her bachelor’s degree. Kourtni looks forward to being a Senator of the USGA for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Class of 2019
Chelsea VanOrden (Primary)
Year of Study: 2L
Obiora (Obi) Ajukwu is a first year law student from Bowie, Maryland. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Towson University in Political Science. Prior to enrolling in the School of Law, Obi served as a Legislative Intern for Congressman Steny Hoyer’s Capitol Hill office and staffed Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh’s transition team.
Year of Study: 2L
Leigh Cervino (Primary)
Leigh is a third year pharmacy student who serves as the representative for the School of Pharmacy's Class of 2019. She was born and raised in Glyndon, a small town in Baltimore County. After high school she stayed local and attended the University of Maryland College Park and received her BS in Microbiology in 2015. The following fall she started at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Since then she has been excited to learn more about campus wide issues and participate in the USGA as a representative for her school.
Bahareh is a fourth year student at the School of Pharmacy. She is originally from Mansfield, TX and graduated from The University of Texas at Arlington with a BS in Biology in 2011. Bahareh is excited to be a part of the USGA and serve as a senator during the 2017-2018 academic year.
Iqra Khaleel is a third year pharmacy student. She is from New York and has a cat. Her hobbies include photography, yoga, and eating ice cream. She looks forward to being USGA Class senator for the Class of 2019!
Andrea is a second year medical student from western Maryland. She attended Johns Hopkins University, receiving her undergraduate degree in biophysics as part of the class of 2016. She is excited to start her medical school journey and to work with fellow USGA leaders to benefit the student body as a whole.
Nicole Grabowski (Primary)
Nicole is a second year physical therapy student from Elkridge, Maryland. She graduated from James Madison University with a BS in Kinesiology and a minor in coaching education. She is the APTA representative for the PTRS Class of 2019 and is excited to be a part of USGA.
Megan Moorer (Primary)
Julia is a fourth year PhD student in the Toxicology Program within the Graduate School. She is from Lancaster, Pennsylvania and received her B.S. in Forensic Science from Penn State in 2014. Her research focuses on the function and mechanism of the USP24 gene in Parkinson’s disease. She is looking forward to working with the other USGA senators in the upcoming school year.
Vanessa Gonzalez (Primary)
USGA Supported Groups
Brian Golfeiz is a Baltimore native and is currently studying social work in his second year at the University of Maryland. Brian strongly advocates for the empowerment and social justice of all people. He became the president of the Jewish Student Association (JSA) in the Fall of 2016 and is a 2018 graduate candidate.
Ankit Dwivedi (Primary)
Ankit is a post-doctoral fellow at IGS, UMB School of Medicine. He is from Delhi, India and received his PhD in Health Biology from Montpellier, France in 2016. His academic background is in applied Mathematics and Biology, with experience in Mathematical modelling, bioinformatics and parasitology. His research mainly focuses on Plasmodium Falciparum Parasite populations, anti-malarial drug resistance and malaria vaccine. He is a travel enthusiast and likes to learn about new cultures.
Deeksha is currently pursuing her Master's in Forensic Medicine at the Graduate School. Originally from Bangalore, India, she received a Bachelor's degree in Forensic Science from Jain University, Bangalore. She loves reading books, and dancing has been her passion ever since she was six years old.
Bincy Mariyam Thankachan