The College of Human Sciences and Education Graduate Advisory Council works to advise the College and individual graduate programs on the supports and information that would enhance the experience of our graduate students. Members on the Council include both new and current graduate students and both on-campus and distant students. Members of the Advisory Council serve as liaisons between the students, faculty, and Dean of the College.

Becoming a Member:  Graduate students from programs in the College of Human Sciences and Education are self-nominated or nominated to serve on the Graduate Student Advisory Council by College graduate faculty and Department Heads. These students serve as representatives of all the graduate students in the College. Meetings are held at least once each semester to discuss current issues and to identify strengths of programs, as well as areas that need improvement.

Benefits: Involvement of a broad range of graduate students in providing input and information about graduate programs in the College of Human Development and Education.

If you would like more information about this group, or are interested in becoming a member, please contact Margaret Fitzgerald at (701) 231-8211.


Current Members

Shawn Carlson

I am a doctoral student in the Developmental Science program. I am a first year student who started at NDSU August 2017. I entered the program with a B.A. in Psychology and Criminal Justice, with a minor in Juvenile Justice from Minnesota State University Moorhead. My research interests include socioemotional development in children, child maltreatment, developmental psychopathology, school-based interventions and the school to prison pipeline.

Vimbayi Chinopfukutwa

I am a doctoral student in the Developmental Science Program.  I received my undergraduate degree from Africa University, Zimbabwe in Social Sciences  in 2008. My research interests involve examining problem and positive behaviors of adolescents with a focus on their prosocial behavior.

Antonia Curtis

I am a Ph.D. student majoring in Developmental Science.

Kerrie Leonard

I am a Ph.D. student majoring in Developmental Science.

Brooke Thiel

I'm a doctoral student in Occupational and Adult Education. I earned my bachelors degree in Agricultural Education and Animal Science from NDSU in 2010. I taught high school agricultural education in Kindred, ND for seven years. While I was teaching, I completed at masters degree in agricultural education through NDSU in 2017. 

Meghan Yerhot

I am in the Developmental Science program. I started at NDSU in August of 2016. I entered the program with my Bachelors of Science in Child Development and Family studies with a minor in Psychology from Minnesota State University, Mankato. My research interests involve the population of emerging adulthood. Specifically, I am interested in identity development, parental support, family dynamics and socioeconomic status.

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