Welcome to


The graduate student government
of the school of arts & sciences




SASgov is a representative student government body for graduate students in all departments of Penn's School of Arts & Sciences. With our understanding for the needs of the graduate student body across SAS, we enact policies to address concerns in academic life, and beyond. We also fund individuals and groups in their pursuits within the Penn community and for their own academic benefit outside of the Penn community. Lastly, SASgov hosts a series of social events to foster networking and connection among our student body.


Get involved with SASgov to explore opportunities and engage with your peers!


Contact sasgov.vp.publicaffairs@gmail.com to learn more.  




Covid-19 Emergency Fund

Applications Open  April 24 - May 15 2020

The COVID-19 Emergency Fund, provided by the Provost and GAPSA, will support full- and part-time graduate and professional students who have incurred unexpected expenses directly related to the COVID disruptions of the semester, including moving and travel costs and other urgent needs as appropriate.

More information is here:

COVID-19 Emergency Fund

Technology Grants

Applications NOW CLOSED

Full-time graduate and professional students who demonstrate financial need may apply for grants (up to $500) related to technology needs (such as hardware and internet service)required to remotely conduct research, take courses, or teach courses during the Spring 2020 semester. Grants can be used to fund technology that is still needed or has already been purchased.

Questions? Email Meredith Wooten at mwooten@upenn.edu.

Grant requests will be reviewed by staff at SFS and the Graduate Student Center.


Feedback and reporting

Graduate Students can use the feedback form for Graduate Groups to provide feedback on your academic experiences this semester. Graduate Groups are periodically reviewed by the Graduate Council of the Faculties (GCF) in order to recommend any changes. If you have questions about the Graduate Group review process, contact the Vice Provost for education at provost-ed@upenn.edu or 215-898-7225.

Feedback Form



Student Health Services

Clinical staff are ready to speak with you about your health concerns. Call 215-746-3535

You can find more information about their services here:

Student Health and Wellness

Stay informed: for the most up-to date information on University guidance and operations


Counseling & Psychological Services

CAPS continues to support students through individual and group counseling. You can find more information here:



Call 215-898-7021 and press 2 to speak to the front desk, or press 1 to talk to a clinician. 

There are also a series of virtual workshops that range from mindfulness to yoga.

Open Virtual Groups

Past Events

Grad Ben Talks 2020
Friday February 21, 2020

Grad Ben Talks is an afternoon of TED Talk-style presentations by Penn Arts and Sciences graduate students representing the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and the Professional Master's programs.

Deadline: Submit an abstract to participate by Friday Jan 24! 

For more information visit: https://www.sas.upenn.edu/news/grad-ben-talks-2020

Community Impact Fund

The Provost's Office has dedicated funds to support graduate student initiatives and activities that build a community of mutual respect and intercultural understanding on campus. In particular, graduate student-driven activities that address racial, cultural, or gender-based bias are invited to apply for funding. 

Deadline: Rolling 

For more information visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScv9wiNHenHqrkaN1DePAnFarPkRmL38HgMNvgAvCTSGFMX-g/viewform?embedded=true

In addition to SASgov planned events, we will advertise SASgov sponsored events on this website and on social media.

Check out our calendar throughout the year for updates on graduate student run conferences and meetings. You can either go to our "Events tab," or click on the button below.

If you hosted an event that was funded by SASgov and would like to feature it on our events blog, please contact us here.

Jan 28, 2020 

Jan 27,


International Personal Finance Workshop
12 pm

Feb 21, 2020

Grad Ben Talks
12:00-6:00 pm


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SASgov is a representative student government body for all graduate students in Penn's School of Arts & Sciences (SAS). Our aim is to engage with understanding and addressing the needs of the graduate student body across SAS in their academic life, and as part of the Penn community. We do this by enacting policies that address these concerns in academic life and beyond, providing funds for individuals and groups in their academic and Penn community pursuits, and hosting a series of social events to foster networking and connections among SAS departments and the general student body. 


 Does your department need a representative?

                                Contact sasgovcomm@gmail.com

 Do you have a resolution you would like to suggest?

                                Contact sasgov.policy@gmail.com

Have questions about the travel grants or discretionary


                                Contact sasgov.vp.finance@gmail.com

 Are you having problems with this website?

                                 Contact sasgov.vp.publicaffairs@gmail.com


Executive Board:
Mimi Hacking



Mimi is a third-year graduate student in Germanic Languages and Literatures. In that department, she researches porous bodies and nature in literature from the 19th and 20th centuries, especially in feminist literature from the late German Democratic Republic.  Mimi uses her academic background here in SASgov as she focuses on equity and access for the student body.  

Zachary Elliot

VP of Policy


Zach is a third-year PhD student in Classical Studies. As VP of Policy, he keeps tabs on federal, state, local, University, and SAS policies that impact graduate and professional students. He also ensures that the voices of graduate students in SAS are heard by the administration by hosting a town hall in the spring and policy initiatives from members of the SASgov General Body and the larger community throughout the year.


Maria Kovalchuk

VP of Financial Operations


Maria is the Vice President of Financial Operations for the 2020-2021 academic year. Her responsibilities include balancing the SASGov budget and allocating the Discretionary, Merit, and Travel Funds. She works closely with the President, VP of Finance, and the Finance Committee.


Aisha A. Chughtai
VP of public Affairs
Aisha is a third year PhD/MPH student in Medical Anthropology and served as the department co-representative to SASGov in 2018-2019 and as a SASgov representative to GAPSA in 2019-2020. Aisha's research focuses on global health infrastructure and responses. Aisha is also a local Philadelphia community activist and uses her position in SASgov to help educate and advocate for graduate students across campus.

Carolyn white

VP of Social


Carolyn is the SASgov VP of Social for 2020-2021 academic year. Her ultimate goal is to foster friendships and cohesion among SAS graduate students and other schools by hosting a wide range of events. Carolyn is a 4th year chemistry PhD student studying ultrafast spectroscopy of chlorophyll a and PSI with potential applications towards improved alternative energy sources. 


general body 2019-2020 



Africana Studies                                                                      

Ancient History                                                                        


Applied Math and Computational Science                                                 Ari Spiesberger 

Art & Archaeology in the Mediterranean World                          



Classical Studies                                                                   

Comparative Literature                                                              



Earth and Environmental Science                                             

East Asian Languages and Civilizations                                      



French Studies                                                                         

Germanic Languages and Literatures                                          

Hispanic Studies                                                                


History of Art                                                                            

History and Sociology of Science                                               

Italian Studies                                                                         

Lauder-International Studies                                                      




Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations                                    


Physics and Astronomy                                                               

Political Science                                                                        


Religious Studies                                                                        


South Asia Regional Studies                                                        



Destiny Crockett

Kyle West

Rachel Dickerson & Tayeba Batool

James Gross

Melina Gyparaki & Linyang Ju

Carolyn White 

Samantha Breecher & Zachary Elliott

awaiting rep nomination

awaiting rep nomination

Rebecca Schut

Cooper Yerby

Wanyue Yang & Jason Hagler

awaiting rep nomination

Jonah Greebel & JS Wu

Lauriane Guihard

Selena Dyer

Mercedes Mayna- Medrano

Laura Eckstein

Ryan Eiseman

awaiting rep nomination

Guilio Genovese

awaiting rep nomination

Jennifer Arlin

awaiting rep nomination

Katelyn Hearfield

awaiting rep nomination

Paul Musso

Anna Kofman and Stephen Hackler

Yara Damaj

awaiting rep nomination

Angela Xia

Sam Love

Shaashi Ahlawat, Anannya Bohidar & Ayesha Sheth