The Psychology Graduate Students Organization (PGSO) is a group designed to support the academic and social experience of everyone in the University of Chicago Psychology Department. The organization was initially formed in 1991 to help foster professional and social relationships amongst students as well as between students and faculty.

All psychology graduate students are encouraged to attend PGSO's quarterly meeting and participate in all our events.  This year, at least one spot on each committee has been left open for interested first-year students (unless otherwise noted below). Elections will take place during the first quarterly PGSO meeting.

A Point Person has volunteered to be the primary recipient of all committee-related emails and updates. PGSO members can direct their inquiries or comments to the Point Person, or if they feel so inclined, the full committee.

Officers 2020-21:

President: Jo Gogola
Treasurer: Nicole Miller
Secretary: Rebecca Butler

Mentorship and Orientation: Kate Schertz (


Academic and Career Development Committee: Gaby Akcelik, Isobel Heck, William Thyer, John Veillette (Point Person - William Thyer:

The Academic Life Committee’s purpose is to address issues in student academic life, both those identified by students as well as by faculty. We hope to foster change in the department by improving communication about academic issues both among students, and between students and faculty through quarterly meetings. The Professional Development Committee is generally responsible for spearheading efforts to bring information about career options/training to students. This can be in the form of Student-Faculty events, training workshops, external speakers, and reception events following the department's colloquia.

Diversity and Inclusion Committee: Gaby Akcelik, Zeynep Aslan-Sisman, Cristina Carrazza, Rachel King, Carol Medina, JP Riggle, Radhika Santhanagopalan, Kaila Scott-Charles, Veronica Vazquez-Olivieri, Mia Velazquez (Point Person - Gaby Akcelik: and Kaila Scott-Charles:

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee’s purpose is to promote initiatives that support inclusion and equity and address aspects of identity that may impact the graduate student experience. These include initiatives pertaining to an individual's race, gender, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, and/or sexual orientation.

Health and Wellness Committee: Elizabeth Huppert, Nicole Miller, Anita Restrepo,  Emily Silver, Colleen Wohlrab (Point Person - Nicole Miller:

This committee will organize events and provide information about physical and mental wellness resources at the University. The committee also oversees the PGSO intramurals team.

Social Committee: Anna Corriveau, Letitia Ho,  Katy Reis, Emily Silver, Molly Tallberg (Point Person - Emily Silver:

The social committee is responsible for spearheading efforts to enhance the social relationships between students. This includes on- and off-campus events, including pub nights, holiday parties, etc.

Travel and Research Committee: Mika Armenta, Tess Fulcher, Ben Morris, Nancy Pantoja, Jaelyn Peiso, Kate Schertz, Hayoung Song, Molly Tallberg, Pablo Lopez Trujillo, Veronica Vazquez Olivieri, Mia Velazquez (Point Person - Kate Schertz:

The travel and research committee is responsible for allocating funds to PGSO members for research-related travel and for conducting studies.

Unionization Committee: Hannah Kim, Rachel King, Ben Morris, Ryan Lange, Andrew Savoy (Point Person - Ben Morris:

The unionization committee's purpose is to liaison with the Graduate Student Union (GSU) and unionization efforts on campus.