Skip to main content

Board Members 2016-17


Laura Emberson, 2015-17

Soils and Biogeochemistry

Other campus affiliations: Treasurer, Graduate Student Association

Laura is a second year master's student working in Soils and Biogeochemistry. Her research project is focused on changes in agricultural wheat physiology due to water stress and CO2 increase. Laura has gotten involved in many committees that strive to bolster the graduate experience, and currently serves as the treasurer of the GSA. She participates in initiatives like the CGPSA to actively contribute to the dialogue and decision-making processes that directly affect graduate student life. She hopes her involvement continues to make UC Davis one of the best and most competitive institutions of higher education in academics and quality of life.

Grace Guo, 2016-17

Graduate School of Management

Grace Guo is a second-year MBA student at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management (GSM). Grace has over ten years of research experience at top-tier Chinese and United States universities (including two years in UC Berkeley) and eight years of entrepreneurial experience in China’s High-tech Industry. As an experienced manager, consultant, and leader in cutting-edge high-tech products, she is continuously providing value to bridge the technical and business worlds. Prior to commencing her studies at the Graduate School of Management, Grace, as a Principle Investigator and a member of China National Innovation Research Group, specialized in Operations Management and led the pricing research team in China as part of a $5 Million National Science Funds grant. Grace is a co-founder of two startups in the Chinese High Tech industry, IVY Tech and Coverage Tech. Grace has a Ph.D. degree in Engineering with a focus on dynamic pricing from Northeastern University, China.

Dayna Isaacs, 2016-17

School of Medicine

Dayna Jill Isaacs is a first year Master's in Public Health student at UC Davis, having received a B.S. in Biopsychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dayna is excited to matriculate into medical school in 2017 and aspires to improve healthcare access for underserved populations through policy. Her career goals were solidified after traveling with a medical brigade to Peru. Dayna then volunteered for homeless clinics locally and witnessed significant healthcare disparities through her jobs in a public clinic and the Emergency Department. Dayna aims to strengthen the Davis community by promoting campus resources for students from a variety of backgrounds. Her outside interests include long-distance running, swimming, water polo, skiing, and snowboarding.

Jared Joseph, 2016-17


Jared Joseph is a first year PhD student in sociology at UC Davis. He received his B.A. in Psychology and Individualized Japanese from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana. At UC Davis, Jared is involved in CGPSA, the Data Science Initiative, Science and Technology studies, and the sociology social control research cluster. His research focuses on the intersection of policing and technology. Jared enjoys traveling, learning new skills, and playing games of all sorts.

Richie Kaur, 2016-17

Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry

Other campus affiliations: Status of Women at Davis Advisory Committee (SWADAC), Health Fee Oversight Committee

Richie Kaur is a fifth year PhD student in agricultural and environmental chemistry at UC Davis. Her dissertation research is focused on photochemical processes that occur inside atmospheric fog drops and particles. She has a Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Delhi, India and worked as a chemistry and general science teacher in Mumbai for two years. She is passionate about STEM education and is especially interested in the role scientists play in public policy formulation and implementation. Richie was a 2016 UC Davis Emerging Leaders in Policy and Public Service (ELIPPS) Fellow and worked with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) over the summer. In her spare time, she likes to read, try different cuisines, and spend time with friends and family.

Scarlett Kingsley, 2016-17

Community and Regional Development 

Other Campus Affiliations: Graduate Student Researcher for the Office of Graduate Diversity
Chair of the Non Humans of UC Davis research group
Member of the UC Davis marketing committee

Scarlett Kingsley is a first year Master’s student with the Community and Regional Development graduate group at UC Davis. Before coming to UC Davis she earned her B.S. in Environmental Science and Anthropology from the University of Nevada, Reno. In the past she has worked in environmental education and marine mammal rehabilitation in Costa Rica, ecotourism in Cuba, supplemental education specialization for the Washoe County School district, and in foster care for the Nevada Humane Society. Her two largest research passions are the human animal bond and educational equity which manifest through her work examining issues of urban animal management, and her efforts to improve the educational experience of diverse students at UC Davis as a GSR for the Office of Graduate Diversity and her work with CGPSA. In her spare time she enjoys fire dancing, traveling, experiencing new cultures, visiting desert earth art sites, and attending rock concerts. 

Sarah Messbauer, Chair, 2016-17


Other Campus Affiliations: Grad Student Assistant to the Dean and Chancellor (GSADC)

Sarah Messbauer is a PhD student in the Ethnomusicology program at UC Davis. Her current research interests include the intersections of public multicultural policies and ethnic migrant community building through music and the arts. In future work, Sarah hopes to shift her focus toward the impact of public arts policies on the development of refugee communities in Canada and the United States. As the 16-17 GSADC, chairing the CGPSA board is one of Sarah's primary responsibilities. She is also currently engaged with the Graduate Ally Coalition, Grad Council, the Graduate Student Association, the Orchard Park PAC, the Walker Hall PAC, GradSlam!, the Campus Community Council, the Campus Council on Community and Diversity, and several other campus-wide initiatives. Sarah is an avid baker, a voracious reader, and a dedicated writer of letters.

Michelle Rodriguez, 2016-17

School of Medicine

Michelle Rodriguez is a first year Master's in Public Health student at UC Davis. Her interests are global/international health, health disparities, as well as community health. Michelle's interests in Public Health developed when she traveled to Rwanda; Michelle was immersed into a severely underprivileged area but learned the value of community work as well as the importance of health. Through this experience, she became deeply passionate about the Public Health field and is now inspired to make changes in the health system. In the future, Michelle hopes to start her own non-profit organization to support underserved communities in receiving the knowledge and resources to live a healthy lifestyle, with a focus on providing clean water to underprivileged areas. Michelle also hopes to apply to medical school after receiving her masters.

Heidi Schweizer, 2016-17

Agricultural and Resource Economics

Other campus affiliations: Graduate Student Association Representative and Graduate Representative on the Transportation and Parking Administrative Advisory Committee

Heidi Schweizer is a fourth year PhD student in Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Davis. Her dissertation examines the effects of the Panama Canal Expansion on agricultural freight markets. She is a native Californian. Before coming to UC Davis Heidi received her B.S. in mathematics from Hillsdale College and her M.S. in applied economics from Montana State University. As a CGPSA member Heidi plans to concentrate on the graduate and professional community and graduate/professional student quality of life.  When she is not working on her dissertation, she can be found outdoors hiking, camping, and rock climbing. 

Photo of Marwa Zafarullah

Marwa Zafarullah, 2015-17

Integrative Genetics and Genomics

Marwa Zafarullah is a second year master’s student in Integrative Genetics and Genomics at the University of California, Davis. She is an international student from Pakistan who earned her bachelor’s in Agriculture Sciences from the University of Agriculture Faisalabad in Pakistan and graduated first in her class. After passing a competitive examination, she received a scholarship from the Agriculture Innovation Program of USAID to pursue her master’s at UC Davis and currently she is working in the laboratory of Dr. Luca Comai on research related to the evolution of Centromeric Histone proteins and their conservative role in the survival of Arabidopsis Thaliana. In her spare time, Marwa loves to read books, interact with international students and hang-out with her friends.