Ankur is a first year Master's student in Computer Science
Let me take this opportunity in the election day to present my candidature for the new GSA Executive Board.
I am Ankur Modi , a 1st year Smart Systems students from India. After having been a part of Jacobs for 3 years already as an undergraduate, i now seek to get involved in the graduate life on campus.
The GSA in itself is an important institution in its role in representing the ever growing graduate population on campus. There is a lot that needs to be taken care of and a lot that need to be changed.
I am running for the position of the Secretary General SES (subst) to represent the School of Engineering and Sciences. With my experience and extensive involvement at Jacobs in its various phases, i believe i would be ideal to represent the graduate interests now.
On Academic front, i have been a elected part of the Academic Integrity Committee for 3 years in a row and continue to to do for my 4th term in the Committee as a graduate representative now (AIC is a university wide committee that adjudicates breaches of the code of academic integrity). I have further been a undergraduate student parliamentarian representing the undergraduate interest and have got to know our administration and workings of this university from the eyes of an insider.
From the social point of view, I have been the chief organizer for major events like Orientation Week 2008, Spotlight, Deepawali, etc and while doing so been able to understand graduate needs even better. For the same i was conferred with the DAAD Student Award for Community Involvement continually for 2 years.
As a member of the Executive Board, i would like to further its past events and take on charge for the future ones. The charta needs major attention, the funding needs better formulation, the services offered to graduates need better scrutiny and so much more. I seek to make these happen and further diversify GSA's actions.
I look for your support in the coming months (if elected) in taking our graduate community at Jacobs to new heights. We need to work in harmony and take advantage of every member who is running for the board and not try to push each other down. Lets do what we have to do, but "together in peace".