University of California, Riverside

Environmental Sciences


Who we are

The Environmental Sciences Mini-Graduate Student Association at UCR, or ENSC mini-GSA, is a graduate student-run organization that serves to promote interaction among students in the Department of Environmental Sciences, through social activities, and to provide a forum for ENSC students to express their concerns and ideas, which are represented at monthly GSA meetings. The students in the organization are from both the Soil and Water Sciences and the Environmental Sciences graduate programs within the Department of Environmental Sciences.

What we do

As a student-run organization, our primary goal is to promote and assist graduate students in the Department financially, academically, and socially. We receive $100 per quarter from the GSA to fund our organization, but we also hold fundraisers for various graduate student activities. We created the newest ENSC Departmental T-shirt in over five years (cost $15 per shirt) and we have held coffee socials where we accepted donations for baked goods, coffee, and tea. We also have procured funding ($3000 per year) from the Hilda Liebig Endowment, thanks to the Environmental Sciences Department Scholarship Committee, to provide funding for ENSC graduate-student travel to conferences, workshops, or other research facilities. We have also organized various social functions to promote interaction between students who, although in the same department, may have never before met. In 2006/2007, we held a mini-GSA Bowling Night and a mini-GSA End of Year BBQ in conjunction with the Environmental Toxicology mini-GSA.

Who can join

Any graduate student* who is accepted into the Environmental Sciences Graduate Program automatically assumes membership to the department's Mini-GSA. Membership is discontinued when a student is no longer held in good academic standing within the department. Any graduate student who belongs to a department that lacks Mini-GSA representation but whose faculty advisor is a member of the Department of Environmental Sciences may petition for Environmental Sciences Mini-GSA membership by contacting the Co-chairs below.

Interested in joining? Send an email to a co-president (listed below) and they will add you to the list.

*Active membership of this student organization shall be chosen without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, color, disability, national origin, age, or marital status. All graduate students enrolled in an ES Program, who are in good academic standing within the program, are eligible for membership.

Mini-GSA Contacts


James Guilinger: 
Aarushi Jha:
Anish Sapkota:

Outreach Coordinator:

Valerie Carranza,

Travel Grant Coordinator:

Isis Frausto-Vicencio,

Graduate Development Coordinators:

Nathan Sy:
Win Cowger: 


Michael Rodriguez:  

ENSC mini-GSA Travel Grant Application:

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Useful Documents

All forms for the Liebig Mini-GSA awards must be signed by the Grad student Chair as well as the Faculty Scholarships Chair, and then given to RC Sutton for processing.

More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Environmental Sciences
Geology 2460

Tel: (951) 827-5116
Fax: (951) 827-4652