Grad Student Experiences

Learn more about our graduate students

Learn more about Graduate Minors, Interdisciplinary Specializations and Graduate Certificates available to graduate students.

The Council of Graduate Students (CGS) is a representative body for all students enrolled in graduate programs at The Ohio State University. CGS promotes and provides academic, administrative, and social programs for the university community and for graduate students. CGS also provides a forum in which the graduate student body may present, discuss, and set upon issues related to its roles in the academic and non-academic aspects of the university community. 

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Our 2022-2023 CGS representative is Madeline Corrola.


If you have questions about our program or Columbus, feel free to reach out to the students listed below!

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I'm a 2nd year PhD student from Corpus Christi, Texas. My research interests broadly include the study of gender, sexuality, and family. I'm particularly interested in studying identity formation for queer populations. I love connecting with people and am more than happy to answer any questions you may have about our program or graduate school more broadly, so please don’t hesitate to reach out!


Kyra Rost

Hey! I am a second year in the Sociology Ph.D. Program from the big state of Texas!

My research interests broadly include criminology, gang membership, Hip-hop culture, health, and education.

I enjoy being outside at the many Columbus metro parks, Hocking hills, and weekend farmers markets. I can speak on my experiences as a first-generation scholar, Columbus’s Queer life, my favorite places around town, and much more! Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns big or small! Best of luck on your prospective graduate student experience!

You can contact me via email at

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I'm a 4th-year student studying race and identity. My current project investigates the way that racial identity is experienced and formed for those who have one Black parent and one white parent and if this is further influenced by the race of the parent. This project uses focus groups, and I am a primarily qualitative researcher.

I am also interested in alternative economies (e.g., metal scrapping), astrology, politics, and I have a growing interest in semantics in sociology and how it relates to the utility of our work beyond academia.

I currently serve as the VP of Mentorship and Social Life for the Sociology Graduate Student Association, and love connecting with prospective students! Please reach out with any questions you may have about our program or applying to grad school!


Anneliese M. Schenk-Day

Hello! My name is Anneliese, I am a second year in the sociology PhD program (and a Columbus native).

My research interests surround mass violence, particularly the prevention, prediction, and aftermath of hate crimes on both a national and global scale. Within the context of the United States, I am interested in hate crimes that target racial and sexual minorities and how climate change and political rhetoric factor into their proliferation. Globally, my research interests focus on collective memory and gender dynamics after mass atrocities, particularly in Rwanda and Bosnia.

My work uses mixed methods and frequently incorporates disciplines outside of sociology. I am more than happy to discuss graduate minors/specializations with prospective students as I am also getting a graduate minor in rural sociology and a specialization in demography.

Feel free to reach out to me at with any questions you might have regarding the program, research, or Columbus more broadly!