Dana Sheinhaus, President


Dana Sheinhaus

Dana (she/her) is a 2nd year PhD student in the College of Pharmacy. Her research focuses on the interaction between endocrine disrupting chemicals and extracellular vesicles within the reproductive system. She earned her BS in Microbiology from NCSU in 2021. She previously served as the GSA administrative director (2022) and GSA vice president (2022-2023). Dana is excited to strengthen connections between members of the UT community through her position as GSA President. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, ice skating, and hanging out with her cat, Bert.


Zach Young


Zach Young

Zach is a second year MFA candidate in Live Design and Production. He was excited about the GSA since he first joined as his department representative and is now very excited as the Vice President of the GSA. His goal this year is to unite the Graduate student population with each other and with GSA in ways that might not have been in recent years!


Meg Donahue, External Affairs Director

External Affairs Director

Meg Donahue

Meg (she/her) is a PhD candidate in the Institute for Neuroscience. Her current research project focuses on how memory systems in the brain are impaired in neurodevelopmental disorders. She is passionate about advocating for graduate students and early career scientists. In her free time, she enjoys running, cooking, and knitting.


Aastha Chawla, Communications Director

Communications Director

Aastha Chawla

Aastha (she/her) is a second-year Masters student in Operations Research. She is studying about Machine Learning, Optimization, Data Science and Decision Analysis. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, skydiving, and hosting dinners. This year, she hopes to establish a stronger online and social media presence for the GSA!


Daisy Flores, Membership & Outreach Director

Membership & Outreach Director

Daisy Flores

Daisy (she/her/ella) is in her third year of the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior doctoral program in the Department of Integrative Biology. Most of her research projects include traveling to the tropics, scuba diving, and working with baby corals! She is also looking forward to helping to build graduate student community at UT Austin as the Membership and Outreach Director of GSA. In her free time, Daisy likes to watch Lil Jon's HGTV show while cuddling with her dog Luna.


Dylan Gilbert, Academic Affairs Director

Academic Affairs Director

Dylan Gilbert

Dylan (he/him) is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in Italian Studies in the Department of French and Italian. Originally from Missouri, he graduated first-gen from Middlebury College in 2016 and then went on to receive a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Italy. He has previously served twice as his department's GSA representative (2020-2021/2022-2023). In his spare time, Dylan enjoys playing tennis, baking, and petting other people's dogs.


Aasim Hussain, Administrative Director

Administrative Director

Aasim Hussain

Aasim Hussain (he/him) is a second-year doctoral student in biomedical engineering. His research focuses on structural design of nucleic acid nanoparticle delivery systems. Aasim received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering in a joint program from North Carolina State University and The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. In his free time, Aasim enjoys listening to music, biking, exploring new foods, watching sports, and playing video games. Aasim looks forward to building advocacy within the graduate student population and connecting students throughout different departments.


Noah Lindsell

Finance Director

Noah Lindsell




Sophia Epstein, Student Affairs Director

Student Affairs Director

Sophia Epstein

Sophia (she/her) is in her second year of the Computational Science, Engineering, and Mathematics program at the Oden Institute. She plans to study optimization of stimulus waveforms in treating neurological disorders. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, lifting, and being outdoors.


Trevor Hand

Internal Policy Director

Trevor Hand

Trevor is enrolled in the Executive Master of Public Leadership program at the LBJ School of Public Affairs with an emphasis on higher education policy. Since receiving his bachelor's degree from UT in 2016, Trevor has worked as a Texas state government relations professional in both the public and private sectors. When not working, Trevor enjoys seeing live music, watching sports, playing golf or tennis, and exploring Austin. 


Agency Directors


Brinkley Artman, Voting Graduate Student Agency Director

Voting Graduate Student Agency Director (VGSA)

Brinkley Artman

Brinkley is a second-year Ph.D. student in biomedical engineering here at UT. I love good food, the arts, traveling, and my two doggos. But most importantly, I love helping others to understand the power and process of exercising their right to vote! I aim to serve the Longhorn community well by setting a record for new voter registrations this year; hook 'em!


Jiaying Liu, Health Agency Director

Health Agency (GSHA) Director

Jiaying Liu

Jiaying Liu (she/her/hers) is a third-year Ph.D. student at the School of Information. Her research center on mental well-being and technology use, especially in those underserved and marginalized communities. She was the Ph.D. representative in Doctoral Study Committee during 2022-2023. She aims to make mental health technologies accessible and ecologically sustainable to people from historically underserved groups and areas.


International Student Agency (ISA) Director

Raphaël Nonin

Raphaël (he/him) is a fifth-year doctoral student in French Studies in the Department of French and Italian. Born and raised in Dijon, France, Raphaël moved to the US in 2014 to spend a year at Amherst College as an exchange student. Little did he know at the time that 9 years later, after living in Providence and Chicago, he would find himself in Austin, TX, studying the representation of social emancipation in contemporary French literature. This year, Raphaël hopes to advocate for all International Graduate Students, especially those who come to UT outside of any exchange programs. In his free time, Raphaël listens to a lot of talk radio and loves watching The Great British Bake Off. 


Entrepreneurship & Innovation (E&I) Agency Director

Iman Salafian

Iman is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Biomechanics at the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, since August 2021. His research is centered on developing vital sign monitoring devices for neonates and he is the entrepreneurial lead for two novel pediatric devices, Trinity Tube and Palm Reader. He joined the UT-Austin Graduate Student Assembly as the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Director because he is deeply passionate about fostering a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship within our academic community. With his experience and expertise, he aims to empower and support our graduate students in turning their innovative ideas into real-world solutions, creating a vibrant ecosystem of creativity, collaboration, and success.

Events Coordinator

Shania Montufar