The "Meet Your Student Leaders" series provides graduate students and postdoctoral fellows an opportunity to get to know the students who run the various graduate student organizations at UAB.

Becky Hauser headshot.

Q: What is your name, age and program of study?

A: “Becky Hauser, 26, doctoral student in Graduate Biomedical Sciences – GGB theme.”

Q: What is your role within the organization?

A: “GBSO Treasurer.”

Q: What responsibilities does that role entail?

A: “Submit reimbursements for GBSO planned events; keep track of GBSO funds; and aid in request for new funds from GSG.”

Q: How much time do you dedicate to the organization?

A: “Depends on the week and if there are any events going on. Sometimes no work is needed in a week, some weeks 1-3 hours on meetings and duties.”

Q: How are you benefitting from this leadership position? How will it help you achieve your future career goals? What are you learning from this role?

A: “I’m benefiting by helping GBS as a community provide more support and events for grad students to come together as a community or to learn valuable skills. I’m also practicing maintaining a budget and organizing events.”

Q: Why should graduate students get involved in student organizations?

A: “It gives you experience with being a leader for your peers, and helps you feel more a part of a community.”

Q: Why should graduate students get involved in leadership positions within those student organizations?

A: “Being involved in leadership positions within grad student organizations gives you a better idea about how professional committees run and puts you in a more active role in shaping your graduate school experience for you and your peers.”

Q: How do you balance being a graduate student with the responsibilities that come from this leadership position?

A: “Scheduling! Thanks Google calendar! J Having extra responsibilities makes you better at using your time wisely and prioritizing your tasks for the day.”

Q: What else do you do?

A: “I help with recruitment for my graduate program, and I mentor several outstanding students in my lab. As a part of GBSO, I help with planning events and am a part of the selection committee for the GBS travel award. I’m also a member of the Student Counseling Services Student Advisory Board. I am a very proud cat mom to my wonderful cat Bingley, and I love being creative and doing crafts! Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of sewing, embroidery and painting in my free time.”