Student Advisory Board

Applications are now open for the 2021-2022 school year!

Graduate and undergraduate students of all years and all programs of study may apply.

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Nathan Brown
Nathan is a third-year undergraduate student studying Accounting with a minor in History. He is a Peer Mentor to fellow undergraduate students, was a volunteer with the Fisher Early Arrival Program, and worked as a site leader for Fisher Impact Day.

Grace Faulkner
Grace is a first-year Veterinary Public Health-Masters of Public Health graduate student at Ohio State. She is interested in zoonotic disease transmission, water quality, and one health. She is currently working on literature review for an Ohio State/ Emory collaboration in One Health. She graduated from the University of Richmond with a degree in Biology in 2019.

Maggie Gottfried
Maggie is a second-year undergraduate student from Marietta, Ohio majoring in Materials Science and Engineering. She is also pursuing minors in Humanitarian Engineering and Spanish. At Ohio State, Maggie is also involved with the Women in Engineering Learning Community, the WiE Peer Mentor Program, and Engineers Without Borders. She is excited to make a difference and gain a global perspective with the GWI Student Advisory Board.

Kyra Hardy
Kyra is a third-year undergraduate student studying Environmental Science with a specialization in Water Science and a minor in Geographic Information Science (GIS). She was a part of the Environment and Natural Resource Scholars two-year program and is passionate about environmental justice issues. She is also a member of Ohio State’s Terraqua club.

Daniel Ma
Daniel is a Graduate Research Associate of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering and works under Dr. Natalie Hull, performing an array of water-related research including optimization of UV disinfection processes to prevent photorepair, quantitative microbial risk assessment of water treatment processes, and systems modeling of rural water systems. Daniel is passionate about serving others by meeting their most basic needs through thoughtfully engineered solutions, especially in the realm of water, sanitation, and hygiene. He believes in the importance of partnerships and community driven solutions in international development and the planning of community water infrastructure. Daniel will be pursuing his PhD in Civil Engineering and hopes to be involved in engineering missions or non-profit work in the future.

Lillian Ostrander
Lillian is a fourth-year undergraduate student with a major in Environmental Science and a minor in Public Policy. She is pursuing research in the School of Environment and Natural Resources regarding changes in urban riparian forests in Columbus and their connections to urbanization pressures. In her free time, she enjoys cooking or baking and playing with her dog, Hershey.

Irene Posada
Irene is a second-year undergraduate student pursuing Civil Engineering with a minor in Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS). She was born and raised in El Salvador and is interested in Sustainability and International Development. Throughout Ohio State, she is the Vice President of Membership at Net Impact, an Outreach committee member of TEDx Ohio State University, serves with Ecosia at OSU, and participates in the International Affairs Scholars Program.

Colin Rush
Colin is a first-year undergraduate student from Cleveland, OH majoring in Computer Science and Engineering. He is interested in studying Artificial Intelligence and machine learning, and hopes to pick up a double major in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Outside of the classroom, he plays and occasionally teaches piano and guitar, and also frequently volunteers for community service and various political organizations.

Emily Schaefer
Emily is a fourth-year undergraduate student from Cleveland, OH majoring in Romance Studies with a minor in Environmental Science. She also serves as chapter president for the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. Emily is interested in pursuing environmental law and hopes to someday work for the UN or other international organization.

Lily Simon
Lily is a first-year undergraduate student studying Environmental Policy and Decision Making and Political Science. She is a member of the Undergraduate Student Government, Net Impact, the Sierra Club, and the Mountaineers. She is passionate about bringing social and environmental justice to communities who have faced first-hand the effects of poor environmental and sustainability practices. As a member of the Student Advisory Board, Lily hopes to not only develop and strengthen the Global Water Institute’s impact on international water issues through meaningful discussions with her fellow members, but she also hopes to develop new ideas that would benefit the Ohio State community as well.


The Student Advisory Board (SAB) provides insight and advice on student issues, goals, and programming gaps to the Global Water Institute (GWI). SAB recommendations help GWI better align its current programming with student needs and create new initiatives based on student input. The SAB is comprised of both undergraduate and graduate students across disciplines at Ohio State.

Member Expectations

SAB members will attend monthly meetings, in which open, respectful, and productive discussions will give insight into opinions on GWI’s current and proposed student programming.

Member Benefits

• Serve as ambassadors for a subset of the university community (major, specialization, student organization, etc.)
• Help future students by creating a stronger, more perceptive institute
• Develop strategic thinking and marketable business experience
• Work with a diverse group of students spanning majors, interests, and colleges with a common goal

All Are Welcome Here

“Ohio State values diversity in people and ideas. We’re an inclusive, supportive community where you can comfortably join in or confidently stand out.”
– Ohio State University statement on Diversity

GWI strives to build a Student Advisory Board that encourages all viewpoints and welcomes students across race, religion, gender, identity, and life experience.


Undergraduate and graduate students of all ages and programs of study are encouraged to apply. We want a broad range of ideas and experiences to learn from on our Student Advisory Board.

Applications are now open for the 2021-2022 academic year! The deadline to apply is Friday, April 23 at 11:59 p.m. Click HERE to apply.

Michelle Brkljacic, Student Engagement Coordinator