Grad Rep

The Applied Mathematics Graduate Student Representative plays an important role in the governance of the Program by providing the liaison between the student body and the Program management. The Grad Rep is elected by secret ballot by the students of the Program in Applied Mathematics at the end of every spring semester.

The qualifications for candidates for Graduate Student Representative are as follows:

  • The candidate must be a full- time doctoral student in the Program in Applied Mathematics.
  • The candidate must have passed the qualifying exam (at the PhD level) by the time of candidacy.
  • The candidate cannot have been elected Graduate Student Representative of the Program in Applied Mathematics before.

The primary duties of the Graduate Representative are:

  • To bring the questions and concerns of the students in the Program to the attention of the Head of the Program, and vice versa; and help the Program management develop Program policy as needed.
  • Assist with the organization of the annual recruitment workshop in the Spring semester and other Program activities when appropriate.
  • Organize at least 1 “class-to-class meeting” per semester (2 are strongly recommended). The class-to-class meetings, as organized by the Graduate Representative, are a system of peer-to-peer mentoring in which students at different stages of their academic careers in the Program come together to discuss questions, share experiences, and give each other advice about their academic and professional development.

The Graduate Student Representative for academic year 2020-2021 is Ruby Abrams.
Ruby's office is located in the Math building, Room 621, and he can be reached via email at