GPSA Executive Board

GPSA President

Nicole Thomas

GPSA President, Nicole Thomas, is currently pursuing an M.S. in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus in Science Education. She will be starting her PhD program under the guidance of Dr. Tina Vo. Nicole's current research interests include identifying and addressing misconceptions in STEM and how to improve science learning and literacy. Nicole served as the GPSA Student Body Secretary from 2020-2021, where she served as Chair of the Activities & Service Committee, the Publications Committee, and as a co-founder of the GPSA/ CSUN Mentorship Cooperation. Nicole is a 2019 Nevada NASA Space Grant Consortium Fellow and a member of 500 Women Scientists. She hopes to inspire young women and underrepresented groups to pursue degrees in STEM. In addition to her role in GPSA, she is currently the Graduate Assistant for the undergraduate student government, CSUN, where she assists in advising and organizational efforts. Nicole previously earned her Bachelor’s in Biology from UNLV, where she conducted research in microbial ecology and evolution. She hopes to further expand the GPSA's lobbying efforts in advocating for graduate and professional students while also supporting their graduate research, teaching, and personal endeavors. In her free time, she enjoys attending comic conventions, caring for several houseplants, and hanging out with her geckos.

GPSA Vice President

Sidath Kapukotuwa

GPSA Vice President, Sidath Kapukotuwa (Sid), is a doctoral student in the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program within the Department of Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences under the mentorship of Dr. Francis Cucinotta. Sid obtained his undergraduate degree in Nuclear Medical Science in 2012 from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He has been a graduate student at UNLV since 2014, finishing his master’s degree in Medical Physics in 2018. His dissertation research interests are focused on studying the effects of radiation on the neuronal architecture of the hippocampus. Sid has been the GPSA representative for the Department Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences since 2018 and serving in the Sponsorship Committee as well. He is hoping to serve the continued growth and improvement of the GPSA.

GPSA Treasurer

Godson Ebenezer Adjovu

GPSA Treasurer, Godson Ebenezer Adjovu is currently a Ph.D. student majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering. He joined UNLV in spring 2020. His research is focused on the application of remote sensing in water quality monitoring. He works under the supervision of are Dr. Ahmad and Dr. Stephen, both in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction. He obtained his bachelor's and master’s degrees in Civil Engineering. As a member of the GPSA Executive Board, he aspires to work in the interest of graduate and professional students. He hopes to lead advocacies to address issues regarding caps and gowns, researcher awards, and health insurance among others.

GPSA Secretary

Rosedaveia Howell

GPSA Secretary, Rosedaveia Howell, is currently pursuing her Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy. Rosedaveia is an American Physical Therapy Association Centennial Scholar, as well as the founder of the National Association of Black Physical Therapist - Las Vegas, Nevada Chapter. In addition to her role as secretary in the GPSA, she is also a member of the Black Graduate Student Association. Rosedaveia wants to show representation for minorities interested in the medical field, and be an example for children interested in the field as well. Rosedaveia received her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from UNLV. She hopes to continue to make diversity and inclusion a main priority in the community at UNLV and throughout her career.