Jonathan Bomar

Office Hours: I do not have scheduled office hours, but I would be happy to make an appointment to meet.

Contact Info: umainegsgpresident@gmail.com

Hometown: Big Rapids, MI

Degree Program(s): Biomedical Engineering, PhD

Year in School: 5th year

Future Plans: I plan to work in science policy for the government or an NGO. Building on the skills I’ve developed in graduate school, I aim to be an advocate on a larger scale for the values of diversity and inclusivity in education that we promote in the GSG.

Hobbies/Fun Fact: We’re in the golden age of Oreos, my favorite food, so I try to eat all of the new flavors as soon as they come out. I also like to go out trail running during all four seasons.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies? I graduated from Michigan State University with B.S. degrees in Geological Sciences and Psychology.

Are you also involved in other clubs/organizations? If so, which one(s)? I am a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute of Biological Sciences.

Why did you choose to be a part of the GSG? After serving as a senator in the GSG, I pursued the position of President because I believe the GSG can be a great ally for all graduate students at UMaine, particularly those who are struggling with their graduate school experience. I want to do as much as possible to make sure our voices are heard within the university.

What is one goal you have for the GSG? I want to create opportunities for UMaine graduate students to develop skills we otherwise wouldn’t gain through traditional coursework and research, to better prepare for careers in the increasingly competitive academic and nonacademic sectors. The GSG will continue to create and promote professional development events, as well as events aimed at developing leadership qualities and other soft skills.