CAS Student Advisory Board

This group of students, nominated by their academic departments, meets twice a semester to to share their perspectives as students with the Dean and Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Student Advisory Board Members 2022-2023

Isabella CunninghamIsabella Cunningham (Class of 2023), Computer Science

Isabella had an internship to create a webpage for ASPR (Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response), and worked with linguistics students in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Summer Institute to develop a writing systems database and website that is usable for students. Isabella was also a UMW Peer Tutor for computer science, has served as secretary of the Swing Dance Club,  and performed in PAC Small Show.

Hannah Chester (Class of 2023), Communications and Digital Studies

Jesse Frye (Class of 2023), History


Hannah Harris (Class of 2023), Biochemistry and English

Hannah has conducted research in organic chemistry since her freshman year, including Summer Science Institute (SSI) in 2021. She is the current president of the student chapter the American Chemical Society (ACS), Vice President of Pre-Medicine in the UMW Pre-Health Society, and is in the Honors Program. She is also a Washington Tour Guide. After Mary Washington Hannah plans to attend medical school at George Washington University, through the Early Selection agreement with the UMW Honors Program. Hannah’s favorite spot on campus? “Indoors would be the 4th floor of Jepson or Link 305. Outdoors, I would say Jeffy Square!”



Maya Jenkins (Class of 2023), Political Science



Maddie Killian (Class of 2023), Physics and Spanish

Maddie studied abroad in UMW’s summer program in Bilbao, Spain. She is co-captain of the club field hockey, and she conducts research in both Physics and Spanish. She is also VP of Mortar board, on the board for Society of Physics Students, and Chi Beta Phi. After graduation, Maddie would like to travel in Spain, and pursue a STEM related job or graduate school. Maddie’s favorite spot on campus? “The bench under the Bell Tower!”




Ryan Meek (Class of 2023), Biomedical Sciences

Ryan is a Biomedical Sciences major. Ryan has conducted research in biology and biochemistry and has an internship at an off campus ministry called the Center. He has served as the Vice President and Fundraising Chair for Global Medical Brigades, and will be going to Panama for the second time in December 2022 to help provide medical and dental care there. Ryan is also the Director of Training for the Washington Guides at UMW and have been a tour guide for 3 years. After graduation Ryan plans to attend medical school. His favorite spot? “My favorite spot on campus is Double Drive! The tree-lined street is quaint and beautiful.”


Jason Mueller  (Class of 2023), Economics

Alex Ohene-Okae  (Class of 2023), Music

Caitlin O’Leary (Class of 2023), Psychology


Brooke Prevedel (Class of 2024) Classical Archeology and Historic Preservation, GIS Certificate Program

Brooke has conducted research in both archeology and historic preservation. Recently, Brooke worked on gravestone preservation at Fredericksburg City Cemetery as part of the Center for Historic Preservation’s Cemetery Conservation and Preservation Workshop. After UMW, Brooke plans to get a job doing GIS, preferably in Cultural Resource Management, while saving for graduate school. Brooke is very fond of the amphitheatre, particularly during the fall months.


Katy Price (Class of 2023), Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Drake Richmond (Class of 2023), Physics Drake Richmond (2023)

Drake has conducted Theoretical Atomic, Molecular, and Optical (AMO) Physics research involving molecular dynamics and distortion of Ammonia (NH3) over the past 3 years, involving URES 197’s, 491’s, and Summer Science. He participates in the Society of Physics Students (SPS), serving in leadership as Secretary, Treasurer, VP, and President. After Mary Washington Drake plans to attend graduate school, hopefully in an Astrophysics PhD program. Of course his favorite spot on campus is the Theoretical Physics Lab, Jepson 443!


Abigail Swanson (Class of 2023), Mathematics


Devin Thigpen (Class of 2023), Geography, GIS Certificate Program

Devin is currently a Geospatial Intern at SkyTruth, a Geography tutor & lab aide, the Geography Club treasurer, and is conducting research in weather station surveying. After graduation Devin plans to go on to graduate school or work on, in his words, “cool projects in GIS/Remote Sensing and related fields.” Devin’s favorite spot on campus? “The library treehouses!”


Paula Zuleta (Class of 2023), Art


Abigail Zurfluh (2023), Historic Preservation and Geography

Abigail volunteers with historic areas like Morven Park in Loudoun County VA, is vice president and Ghostwalk Chair for the Historic Preservation Club, and works as a senior resident assistant for the university. After Mary Washington Abigail dreams of working in Preservation and Sustainability Planning, helping historic areas prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Abigail’s favorite spot on campus is the amphitheater or the balcony on the Cedric Rucker University Center.