AGCCS (Associate Graduate Council for the College of Science)

The AGCCS is a branch of student governance that represents Arizona graduate students who study in the College of Science. Graduate students in the sciences fill many essential roles in the university's research and teaching missions. The AGCCS exists to address their academic, professional, and intellectual concerns in the college and the university.

AGCCS meeting are held on the first Monday of every month at 5:30 in Gould Simpson room 1027. Our meetings are open to anyone who would like to attend.

Recent and Ongoing Projects:

Best Practices for Teaching Assistantships

In the Spring Semester of 2013, the AGCCS surveyed current and recent Graduate Teaching Assistants in the College of Science. In response to our findings, we developed a series of recommendations, addressed to academic departments in the College, for what we believe are best practices for Graduate Teaching Assistantships. Our survey and recommendations are available here.

We have also worked with the Office of Instruction and Assessment to develop a training program for new Graduate Teaching Assistants. The goal is to equip new Teaching Assistants with the instructional skills needed in the College of Science. We have held training events annually since August 2013. Presentation materials from the 2013 event are available here.

ScienceGrads Connect Newsletter

The AGCCS produces the email newsletter ScienceGrads Connect to help inform and involve graduate students with science outreach happening at all levels across the University of Arizona. Graduate students interested in science outreach of all kinds can learn how to leverage UA Science to create and promote their own outreach programs, benefiting their research and the Tucson community.

Newsletters are sent a few times per semester. All are welcome to browse the newsletter archives and subscribe to the listserv. Contact Samantha Pierce or Gloria Jimenez for more information. If you wish to publicize your department's outreach event through ScienceGrads Connect, contact your AGCCS department representative listed below.

Women In STEM

AGCCS supports a Tucson-wide Women In STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) group (TWiSTEM). The goal of this organization is to provide professional development, networking opportunities, and a community of support for current and future female STEM professionals. Our support allows AGCCS and TWiSTEM to share resources, and represents a united effort towards the retention of women in STEM fields in Tucson. Graduate students, undergraduates, postdoctoral scholars, faculty, staff, professionals, and community members both male and female are invited to participate. For more information, visit

College of Science Awards

Every spring, the AGCCS and College of Science hold a reception and awards ceremony to honor graduate student excellence in scholarship, service and teaching/mentoring.  Please contact your department representative below to make nominations.  

The Spring 2019 awards reception and ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 11th at 5:30 at the ENR2 Courtyard and ERN2 S107.


Officers and Representatives:

Contact your representatives below about issues salient to graduate life in the College of Science.  

President Christine O’Donnell
Vice-President Sara Carey and Aaron Byrd
Secretary Nasiha Ahmed
Treasurer Taylor Gee
Outreach Coordinator Evan Kelemen
Web Officer Ian Bertolacci
Department of Astronomy/Steward Observatory Rachael Amaro, Katrina Litke and Christine O’Donnell
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Taylor Gee
Department of Computer Science Ian Bertolacci
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Alison Harrington and Evan Kelemen
Department of Geosciences Katherine Guns and Clinton Koch
Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences Josh Welty
Department of Mathematics  
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology Aaron Byrd, Sara Carey and Nasiha Ahmed
Department of Physics Sarah Blask
Department of Planetary Sciences/LPL Laci Brock and Saverio Cambioni
Department of Psychology Roman Palitsky and Ashley Lawrence
Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences Alyssa Sachs and Kayla Ichiba
Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research David Edge


The AGCCS constitution and both amendments (current as of October 2014) are available here.  


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