Founding Member, CCGS Chair
Contributions to CCGS: Helped with organizing several CCGS events related to social and mental health, and career development, contributed to grant writing, recruiting new members, inviting speakers, and managing the CCGS budget and activities. Maral was involved in the collaboration of CCGS and Boynton Health Services to design and develop the CCGS survey for evaluating health of graduate students in the Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota. She has contributed to the analysis of the results of the 2013 CCGS survey, and has led the initiative to modify and re-take the survey in 2016. Maral helped with initiating and organizing the CCGS weekly yoga sessions (Summer 2014) and the CCGS weekly coffee hours (Fall 2015–Spring 2016), and introduced and organized two new CCGS activities/events, the “How to Succeed in Graduate School” panel discussions (Fall 2015–Spring 2016) and the CCGS video clips and YouTube Channel on surviving and thriving in higher education where faculty members and scientists from industry are invited to share their tips and suggestions with graduate students/postdocs for a developing a more successful career.
Maral graduated from the University of Minnesota in Spring 2016, she continues to work with CCGS to develop the surviving and thriving in higher education video series.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University