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The Graduate Student Senate elections for the academic year 2021-2022 start on Monday, April 19, 2021, and concludes at 5 PM Friday, April 23, 2021.

How to Vote

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  • Please click here to vote!
  • You can read more about the candidates below. Each candidate has a photograph, their leadership experience, and a statement of intent listed on this page.

Candidates for President

Carley Bowers

Master of Public Policy and Administration Candidate

Leadership Experience and Honors:

  • Intern, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Secretary, Student Association Executive Council
  • Presidential Endowed Scholar MSU
  • Student Association Cabinet Co-Director of Research and Development
  • Shackouls Honors Council Vice-Chair of Finance Vice-Chair of Recruitment
  • Mississippi National Education for Women Leadership Conference

Statement of Intent:
View Carley Bowers‘s statement of intent.


Hunter Hammock

Ph.D. student, Plant, Soil, and Environmental Sciences

Leadership Experience and Honors:

  • Graduate Student Public Speaker of the Year Award
  • Chapter Advisor The National Society of Leadership and Success at UT
  • GRAD Professional Interest Group Co-Chair
  • Chapter President The National Society of Leadership and Success Chapter at UTK
  • Leadership Knoxville Scholars
  • GSS Senator
  • Warren S. Barham Ph.D. Graduate Student Oral Paper Award: Second Place
  • Graduate TA
  • Peer Mentor Coordinator, First-Year Studies
  • First author on a number of papers, presentations, and research projects
Statement of Intent:
View Hunter Hammock‘s statement of intent.


Natalie Ward

Master of Science in Communication Studies Candidate

Leadership Experience and Honors:

  • UTK College of Social Work Communications Specialist
  • Just Mercy Cohort, Member
  • National Association for Media Literacy, Member
  • 2019 Recipient, James Wolkfiel Scholarship
  • Nashville Women of Color in Communications
  • Vice-President, Diversity Student Leader’s Society
  • Student Chair, UTK Diversity & Inclusion Week

Statement of Intent:
View Natalie Ward‘s statement of intent.


Candidates for Vice President

Mohamed Al Sager

Ph.D. Energy Science Engineering Candidate Fall 2021

Leadership Experience and Honors:

  • ABB Medium Voltage Electrification Products Marketing Engineer
  • Secretary, MBA Student Association
  • Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineering IEEE
  • SSI SCHAEFER SYSTEMS Controls and Customer Support Engineer
  • Bridgestone America’s Warren Plant, Co-op Electrical Engineer

Statement of Intent:
View Mohamed Al Sager‘s statement of intent.


Jaice Caver

Masters of Communications Journalism and Electronic Media

Leadership Experience and Honors:

  • Capstone Association of Black Journalist – Secretary
  • University of Tennessee- SPJ Advisor
  • Executive Content Producer
  • Video Production Assistant
  • Marketing and Communications (YMCA)
  • Boldsquare Intern- Social Media, Marketing, Organizing & Managing
  • Dateline Alabama – Journalist/Reporter
  • WVUA 90.7 – Radio Host, Softball Podcast, Social Media Coordinator (Twitter Page).
  • York Productions – Production Assistant for ESPN promotional videos.

Statement of Intent:
View Jaice Caver‘s statement of intent.

The Graduate Student Senate (GSS) serves as the official voice for graduate and professional students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

The GSS is a student-run organization that serves as a liaison between graduate students and the administration. Each department may have at least one representative in the Senate. We help to ensure that policies at the university are created and maintained to best serve our graduate student population.

Thank you for visiting our website. We look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,
Austin Boyd & Shahram Hatefi Hesari

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