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Graduate Student Organization

2018-2019 Officers

Kayley Davis

Kayley Davis, President

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Kayley is from Knoxville, TN. She received her B.A. in Psychology and M.S. in Child and Family Studies from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her major professor is Dr. Spencer Olmstead. Kayley’s research focuses on young/emerging adult sexual health and well-being, including motivations, various types of sexual relationships, and the effect of sexually transmitted infections on well-being.

Tanner Kilpatrick, Vice President

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Tanner is from Abilene, Texas. He received his B.S. in Animal Science and MEd. in Agricultural Education from Texas A&M University. His major professor is Dr. Elizabeth Johnson. Tanner’s primary research interests relate to incarceration of African American men and the impact on family relationships.

Ashlyn Schwartz, Secretary & Treasurer

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Ashlyn Schwartz is from Atlanta, Georgia. She received her B.S. in Exercise Science from Kennesaw State University and her M.S. in Exercise Physiology from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her major professor is Dr. Julia Jaekel. Using a life course perspective, Ashlyn’s research focuses on understanding developmental processes of infants and children with biological and social risk.

Samantha

Samantha Talrico, Social Chair

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Samantha Talarico is from Memphis, TN. She received her B.A. in Anthropology with a concentration degree in Disasters, Displacement, and Human Rights from the University of Tennessee. Her major professor is Dr. Hillary Fouts. Her main interest is working with law, policy making, and advocacy for children survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Lauran Gieske, Graduate Student Senate Representative

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Lauran is from Murfreesboro, TN. She received her B.S. in Child in Family Studies with a double major in Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her major professor is Dr. Julia Jaekel. Lauran’s research focuses on the long-term physiological health and cognitive development of children raised in stressful environments, with an emphasis in resilience and neurological mechanisms.

Siera Schwanz, First Year Representative

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Siera is from Gothenburg, Nebraska. She received her B.S. from the University of Nebraska- Kearney in Family Studies with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Her major professor is Dr. Amy Rauer. Siera’s research focuses on various types of romantic relationship variables, such as romantic commitment, trust, passion, relationship satisfaction and relationship maintenance.


Current Initiatives

  • Create and implement professional development workshops for current Child and Family Studies students
  • Foster camaraderie and support among students and faculty by organizing celebrations and events
  • Increase funding for graduate students to attend professional conferences, to showcase current student research projects, and to provide orientation activities for new students
  • Promote current research projects to the public in multiple venues including the Child and Family Studies website
  • Advertise relevant conferences and professional opportunities to Child and Family Studies graduate students
  • Provide opportunities for student and faculty interaction
  • Represent the Child and Family Studies Department at the university-wide Graduate Student Senate and Student Health Advisory Board meetings by advocating for student needs and concerns

Outreach Efforts

Spring 2018

The Graduate Student Organization hosted a campus-wide bake sale where they raised over $100 and served over 50 students and guests.

Proceeds from the bake sale were donated to The Nesters, a wonderful program helping refugee children in Lesvos, Greece

(For more information about The Nesters, you can visit their website)


Spring 2019

The Graduate Student Organization hosted a campus-wide bake sale where they raised almost $500 by selling homemade, handcrafted, and hand-delivered baked goods. .

Proceeds from the bake sale were donated to See Beautiful, a philanthropic company with a mission to provide inspiring, ethically-sourced products to create more beautiful in the world.

 

(For more information about See Beautiful, you can visit their website)