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QCNR Graduate Student Council

What is the Graduate Student Council (GSC)?

The mission of the Quinney College of Natural Resource’s Graduate Student Council is to improve communication within the graduate student body, between graduate students and undergraduates within the college, and between graduate students and the faculty and administration in the College of Natural Resources. The GSC shall facilitate graduate student education through student-led mentoring programs, meetings and seminars. Finally the GSC shall advocate and lobby on behalf of the graduate students in the College of Natural Resources to the faculty and administration of the college, and when appropriate, to the Utah State University administration.

Currently, the GSC sponsors a year-long, in-house, graduate student seminar series called Ecolunch. We also sponsor at least one yearly fundraiser for the college of natural resources medical emergency fund, as well hosting college wide social events.

If you are interested in serving on this council, have suggestions or ideas you want to raise or have concerns that need to be addressed, please contact one of the GSC representatives from your department. You are also welcome to come to one of the council meetings. Please contact Gwendwr Meredith ( for the date of the next GSC meeting.

What is Ecolunch?

Ecolunch serves a variety of purposes. It was created to provide a casual venue where graduate students can informally present their research to a friendly audience of their peers. This means a variety of presentations are appropriate for this forum. You may present anything ranging from summaries of unanalyzed data to formal PowerPoint presentations that you would like to practice for a professional presentation. You may use this venue to kick around research ideas or get advice about the most appropriate way to analyze or summarize your data. Ecolunch can be a casual roundtable discussion or a formal practice talk environment. Use Ecolunch to get advice from your peers, to practice your pre-project presentation or to introduce your peers to your thesis research.

Ecolunch presenters can choose either a 15 minute or 30 minute time slot with a possibility of a full hour for exit seminar practice sessions. Ecolunch was designed to help grad students support each other. Through Ecolunch the GSC hopes to promote discussion and collaboration between graduate students.

If you would like to present, please contact Jeff Haight ( or Haley Vaentine ( 

NOTE: Ecolunch is now EcoFriendly!  Bring your own cup and plate with you so that we don’t have to contribute so heavily to landfill waste by using paper products.

Emergency Medical Scholarship 
The Emergency Medical Scholarship is intended to assist QCNR and Ecology Center grad students who face financial hardship due to medical debt. A student can apply to receive a scholarship from the Medical Emergency Fund (MEF) for help in castastrophic situations where there is at least $5,000 in medical debt remaining after all other sources of funds and patient assistance programs have been exhausted. Most students qualify for subsidized graduate student insurance, however the out-of-pocket maximum for this is $6000 which can make up to a third or a quarter of a graduate student's annual income.

All applications will need to be printed, completed and delivered in a sealed envelope to Student Health Center, Attn: Katelyn Richins, 9100 Old Main Hill Logan, UT 84322-9100. The applications will be reviewed by the GSC and a representative from USU’s SHW. The application review process is completely confidential and anonymous to protect the applicants. The medical condition does not need to be provided in the documents and can be blacked out from any document where it is mentioned. Successful applicants will be notified one month after submission. The scholarship will be given out only if sufficient funds are available. View More information.

Graduate Student Council 2017 - 2018

Department Representatives for Graduate Student Council



Graduate Student Council Chairpersons

Jeffery Haight (WATS)

Jeffery Haight

Ecolunch Coordinator


Shaley Valentine (WATS)

Shaley Valentine

Ecolunch Coordinator

Lauren Dupey (ENVS)

Lauren Dupey

Grad-Undergrad Liason

Stephen Pfeiler (WILD)

Stephen Pfeiler

Safety Liason


Susan Washko (WATS)

Susan Washko

Social Coordinator

Riana Gayle (ENVS)

Riana Gayle
Social Coordinator