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Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is dedicated to the advancement and development of the nearly 7,000 graduate and professional students at the University of South Carolina.

2023 GSA Election Timeline: 

  • Filling of Candidacy: March 7th to March 21st, 2023
  • Meeting with Candidates: March 22nd, 2023 at 4pm
  • Campaigning: March 22nd to March 27th, 2023
  • Voting: March 28th and March 29th, 2023


Executive Officers

Maxwell Akonde Headshot

Maxwell Akonde, President

I am a fourth year PhD candidate in Epidemiology at the Arnold School of Public Health. I previously served as the Secretary for Data Management and Vice President of the association, and this year I am excited to serve as the President. I am particularly passionate at repositioning GSA so that we can advocate better and be well represented at all levels of the university where the voices of graduate and professional students are needed. I want to hear from you, so email me about anything.

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Catherine Coates GSA Headshot

Catherine Coates, Vice President

Catherine is a PhD student in the Linguistics program here at USC. She is serving as the GSA Vice President for the 2022-2023 academic year and is looking forward to advocating for graduate students' needs all across campus.

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Rosie Sweetwood Headshot

Rosie Sweetwood, Treasurer

I am originally from New Jersey, but my family recently relocated to Beaufort, SC! I am getting my masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs and I am a graduate assistant with the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity. In my free time I like to play with my dogs, go to the beach, and binge watch a good show! I look forward to working with everyone and please don't hesitate to reach out if you ever need anything! 

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Rajat Headshot

Rajat Das Gupta, Graduate Council Representative

Rajat Das Gupta is a PhD candidate in Epidemiology in the Arnold School of Public Health. He is the graduate council representative at GSA in 2022-23. He previously served as the co secretary general health at GSA in 2020-21. 

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Chief of Staff (President)

Ekaterina (Katya) Altman

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Secretary of Professional Development

Erin Looney

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Secretary of Graduate Student Organizations

Sweta Mandilwar

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Secretary of Legislative Affairs

Jack DeOliveira

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Co-Chairs of GSA Student Advisory Council

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Rosie Sweetwood, Chair

Sweta Mandilwar

Joshua Holmstrom

Emily Boardman

Morgan Hall

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