Co-President: Taylor Irvine


Hey! I’m a PhD student in the psychology department, studying the interaction between hormones and behaviour. When I’m not in lab, I like to stay active with yoga, hiking, and running the occasional marathon. I love the idea of building a community of graduate students where we can support each other during our studies. I am eager to bring you all of the exciting news about our upcoming events throughout the year ahead!

Co-President: Christina Gizzo


Hi everyone! My name is Christina and I’m so excited to be leading the UTMAGS team as one of the Co-Presidents this year! I recently completed my MSc and I’m now entering into my first year PhD in chemistry. When I’m not studying or in lab, I enjoy working out, cooking, painting, and spending time with family and friends. I look forward to bringing you all some amazing events this year!! If you ever have any questions, need advice, or just want to chat – don’t hesitate to reach out! Looking forward to seeing you all at our events!

Social Director: Rebecca Allan


After completing a Masters in the UK, I am now going into my 2nd year of a PhD in the Gunning Group at UTM. 2020-21 will be the second year I have worked for UTMAGS and I look forward to hosting further events and meeting new people!

Academic and Professional Initiatives Director: Geordi Frere


Hey everyone, I’m Geordi! I’m a third-year PhD student in Chemistry working on new ways to discover drug-like protein ligands by NMR. I’m a big reader (scientific and otherwise), enjoy watching/playing rugby, and I love a good D&D campaign. As this year’s Academic and Professional Initiatives Director, I’m looking forward to bringing you events that help you develop the skills and knowledge to thrive in your time as a grad student and beyond. Feel free to reach out!

Treasurer and Financial Director: Thanh Phung


Hey everyone! I’m a PhD student in the cells and systems biology department, studying the neurobiological basis of sexual behaviour. Aside from lab work, I like to spend my time working out, experimenting with unique food combinations, and watching insect documentaries. I’m excited to be a part of UTMAGS and getting to know UTM’s graduate student community a little bit better!

Graduate Student Union Representative: Harsimran Kaur Garcha


Hello! My name is Harsimran (Simran for short), and I am a first year Maters student in the Department of Chemistry. I am also your Graduate Student Union (GSU) representative. In my spare time I hike, binge watch shows, and cook (I’m a foodie). I look forward to being a  of UTMAGS and if you have any questions about UTGSU you can reach out to me (or if you would like to discuss some shows).

Communications Director: Maciej Michael Politynski


Hi everyone, I am a first year student in the Master of Biotechnology program and I’m excited to be the UTMAGS Communications Director for this year! In my spare time, I love to read and get outdoors to run, cycle, or play soccer. Together with the UTMAGS team, I hope to help support UTMs graduate community and bring forth exciting events throughout the year! 

Assistant Academic and Professional Initiatives Director: April Yang


Hi everyone, I am a graduate student in MMPA program. During my leisure time, I love to play video game. I’m excited to be the UTMAGS Assistant Academic and Professional Initiatives Director and feel free to get in touch with me! 

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