October 30, 2018

Doctoral students Shy Porter and Jessica Gleason were elected to serve as the 18’-19’ Family Science Representatives for the Graduate Student Government (GSG). As Program Representatives, Porter and Gleason will convene regularly at Assembly meetings to discuss pertinent issues pertaining to graduate students across the UMD campus, as well as vote on resolutions, and amendments presented. Additional responsibilities include sitting in on standing committees, and communicating with internal and external constituents.

Porter is a second-year doctoral student in the Family Science program. She completed her M.S. in Couple and Family Therapy from the Department of Family Science in May 2016. That summer, she interned at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where she facilitated research to examine how children between 12 months to 8 years play with different types of toys. Porter's research interests focus on mating, dating, and relationship formation processes, as well as relationship maintenance behaviors across the lifespan. Further, she is interested in sexual and reproductive health, and its impact on couple relationships. Porter is particularly passionate about understanding the nuances of these research topics within ethnic minority communities.

Gleason is a second-year doctoral student in the Maternal and Child Health program. Originally from the west coast, ser earned her B.S. in Microbiology from UC Santa Barbara and went on to serve in the Air Force from 2005-2008. After separating from the Air Force, Gleason entered the UMD Master of Public Health program in Behavioral and Community Health, where she began her research on the impact of PCS moves on military family health. As a doctoral student, she continues her research interest in this areas, but also further explores the disparities in pregnancy outcomes in minority populations.

The work Porter and Gleason will be completing within the GSG is extremely important as they are a part of the official representative body for graduate students. Their advocacy truly supports the Family Science department by giving our department a voice.

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