AGCCS (Associate Graduate Council for the College of Science)

The AGCCS is a branch of student governance that represents Arizona graduate students who study in the College of Science. Graduate students in the sciences fill many essential roles in the university's research and teaching missions. The AGCCS exists to address their academic, professional, and intellectual concerns in the college and the university.

Recent and Ongoing Projects:

Best Practices for Teaching Assistantships

In the Spring Semester of 2013, the AGCCS surveyed current and recent Graduate Teaching Assistants in the College of Science. In response to our findings, we developed a series of recommendations, addressed to academic departments in the College, for what we believe are best practices for Graduate Teaching Assistantships. Our survey and recommendations are available here.

We have also worked with the Office of Instruction and Assessment to develop a training program for new Graduate Teaching Assistants. The goal is to equip new Teaching Assistants with the instructional skills needed in the College of Science. We have held training events for new TAs in August of 2013 and 2014. Presentation materials from the 2013 event are available here.

ScienceGrads Connect Newsletter

The AGCCS produces the email newsletter ScienceGrads Connect to help inform and involve graduate students with science outreach happening at all levels across the University of Arizona. Graduate students interested in science outreach of all kinds can learn how to leverage UA Science to create and promote their own outreach programs, benefiting their research and the Tucson community.

Newsletters are sent a few times per semester. All are welcome to browse the newsletter archives and subscribe to the listserv. Contact Dheeraj Golla for more information. If you wish to publicize your department's outreach event through ScienceGrads Connect, contact your AGCCS department representative listed below.

Women In STEM

AGCCS supports a Tucson-wide Women In STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) group (TWiSTEM). The goal of this organization is to provide professional development, networking opportunities, and a community of support for current and future female STEM professionals. Our support allows AGCCS and TWiSTEM to share resources, and represents a united effort towards the retention of women in STEM fields in Tucson. Graduate students, undergraduates, postdoctoral scholars, faculty, staff, professionals, and community members both male and female are invited to participate. For more information, visit

Grad Life Seminar Series

In association with the Dean's office, we are planning a seminar series for Spring 2015 that speaks to aspects of graduate student life beyond the usual scope of classes and research.  The Grad Life Seminar Series is being planned by Javier Castillo-Montoya.

College of Science Awards

Every spring, the AGCCS and College of Science hold a reception and awards ceremony to honor graduate student excellence in scholarship, service and teaching/mentoring.  Please contact your department representative below to make nominations.  

The Spring 2015 awards ceremony was held on April 7 at the Women's Plaza of Honor.


Officers and Representatives:

Contact your representatives below about issues salient to graduate life in the College of Science.  

President Philip McFarland
Vice-President Gloria Himenez
Secretary Ernesto Manzo
Treasurer Tim Lahmers
Outreach Coordinator Mara Goodman
Web Officer Shravan Aras
Department of Astronomy/Steward Observatory Melissa Halford
Department of Atmospheric Sciences/IAP Tim Lahmers
  Dean Pryles
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Javier Castillo-Montoya
  Ritika Gautam
Department of Computer Science Shravan Aras
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Elizabeth Miller
  Monica Ge
Department of Geosciences Gloria Jimenez
  Philip McFarland
Department of Hydrology and Water Resources Ben Paras
Department of Mathematics  
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology Ernesto Manzo
  Nichole Eshleman
Department of Physics Alexander Plunkett
Department of Planetary Sciences/LPL Hamish Hay
  Sarah Peacock
Department of Psychology Roman Palitsky
  Ashley Lawrence
Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences Sara Monti
  Alyssa Sachs
Department of Audiology Anne Bliss


The AGCCS constitution and both amendments (current as of October 2014) are available here.