Graduate Council

Dean’s Council – Graduate

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The Fall 2020 new member application is closed. The Spring 2021 new member application will open December 2020.

Complete the online application (one time) and submit by the deadline posted above, no applications will be considered once the deadline has passed. A confirmation page will confirm your submission. Only online applications will be accepted. All applications for membership will be reviewed and the candidates who will move to the next step in the process for membership will be contacted via email. When the interview process is complete, students who are invited to join the Dean’s Council will be notified via email. Those who will not be invited this semester will also be notified via email.

The Dean’s Council is inclusive of all students who represent all degree programs in the Jindal School of Management.

To apply, each candidate must adhere to the following guidelines:


  • 3.2 Cumulative GPA (will be verified)
  • Must have completed at least 9 credit hours
  • Able to actively serve for one academic year (two long semesters)

All Council members must attend all Dean’s Council meetings. Meetings are held on selected Saturday mornings between 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. with the exception of the first meeting of each semester taking place from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.


Dean’s Council dates to remember for Fall 2020:

  • Dean’s Council meeting dates:
    • September 19, 2020*
    • October 17, 2020
    • November 14, 2020
    • January 23, 2021*
    • February 13, 2021
    • March 6, 2021
    • March 27, 2021
    • April 14, 2021 (Annual OWLIE Awards)

*First meeting of each semester will be held from 9 a.m. -12 p.m.

Please note there are limited openings per semester for Dean’s Council new membership. If you not selected in the current semester, the Dean’s Council Membership Committee encourages JSOM students to everyone to get involved and volunteer with other organizations in JSOM as well as apply again in a future semester.

Dean’s Council members can be dismissed for any conduct unbecoming of a council member. The responsibility to serve with dignity and dedication is a requirement of membership in this organization.

Graduate Leaders

Gautam Sharma

Gautam Sharma, Leader

I am pursuing and MBA and MS in Business Analytics. I always love taking the 21st step in a 20 step staircase. Dean’s Council is the perfect place that lets me experiment with leadership styles and ideas above and beyond the realms of a regular business school life. Dean’s Council is not just an organization. It is an amalgamation of some of the brightest minds of the school that work together towards a common cause. I joined Dean’s Council with an ultimate aim of giving back to my school. But because of the people here, I am learning more than I am giving.

Graduate Members

  • Shriya Agarwal
  • Mariam Allahrakha
  • Ajinkya Shrikant Ambike
  • Anirudh Ashok
  • Todd Baty
  • Yogeshwari Birla
  • Sai Revanth Chandupatla
  • HUI-CHIN Chang
  • Kevin Chapman
  • Bhushan Chelani
  • Anthony Chin
  • Matthew Costello
  • Catherine Devlin
  • Shrutik Dode
  • Li Du
  • Ayushi Gupta
  • Fiza Gupta
  • Allen Gwo
  • Mitra Hami
  • Kristin Harris
  • Morgan Hembling
  • Lei Hong
  • Shruti Hundet
  • Bill Huynh
  • Anurag Jalan
  • Salman Jasim
  • Ravi Kiran Koppichetti
  • Harikrushna Jitendra Kotadiya
  • Dhanvini Kujugoodu Shivakumar
  • Jiaojiao Li
  • Siyi Liu
  • Ankita Anilkumar Lodhavia
  • Khushboo Madan
  • Varda Malhotra
  • Priya Matta
  • Shreyas Meher
  • Aakarsh Kamlesh Mehta
  • Shubhi Mishra
  • Neha Mohanram
  • Vaishnavi Mohod
  • Ahmed Mostafa
  • Anand Muraleedharan
  • Guhan Murugesan
  • Saniya Ashok Niphade
  • Sushant Pal
  • Shyam Vishnu Pandalanghat Balasubramanian
  • My Pham
  • Jamie Pierce
  • Sai Nath Prabhala
  • Sneha Ramashesha
  • Nishant Rana
  • Qingxin Ren
  • Zaid Reshamwala
  • Taylor Ryan
  • Shriti Shah
  • Jasmine Solis
  • Bisola Sonde
  • Vikas Srikanth
  • Kathleen Stewart
  • Sri Pravallika Tammineedi
  • Pooja Tiwari
  • Jordan Tyler
  • Gautam Vaidyalingasarma

Fall 2017 – Spring 2018

  • Faces of Dean’s Council – Faces of Dean’s Council profiles current graduate Dean’s Council members, as well as Alums, to highlight the accomplishments of our members, their diversity in backgrounds, education, and experience, as well as to track their progress to and beyond graduation.
  • Faces of JSOM – Faces of JSOM is a project to showcase the spirit of the students, faculty, and alumni of the Jindal School of Management. Being a platform for global interaction where everyone seems to be a stranger busy with their demanding schedules, these interactions make us realize that everyone has their own story which connects the community and brings them closer.
  • Orientation Video – A video that shows a working professional’s transformation from part-time commuter student to full-time Comet.
  • MS Oath – The MS Oath committee within the Dean’s Council has been tasked with writing an oath for all students who graduate from the MS program at UT Dallas. This will be a binding pledge that captures the core values that are embedded in us as Comets. Students are expected to take this oath upon their honor and always abide by the oath in everything that they do as future leaders.
  • WiseWords – WISE WORDS ARE COMING!     Wise Words is a student lead initiative by the JSOM Graduate Dean’s Council to bring together creative and innovative speakers drawn from the UTD Student and faculty community, as well as from alumni and working professionals. The goal is to present our audience with four 15 minute presentations on diverse topics that might not otherwise be featured due to their out of the box perspective or lack of pointed industry specific focus. We hope that these talks can provide a platform for our speakers to share something unique with the audience and contribute to fosters a well-rounded sense of life-long learning in the UTD community.  Our first event is set to take place the last week of January 2018.
  • 3rd Annual JSOM OWLIE Awards.
  • We continue to serve as Ambassadors for important Jindal School Events.

Fall 2016 – Spring 2017

  • Faces of JSOM Social Media: The next project that the Dean’s Council will be spearheading-an attempt to recognize to celebrate ordinary people for their extraordinary personalities all of this in an effort to build the reputation of JSOM.
  • 2nd Annual JSOM OWLIE awards.
  • Identified and connected with nearly 1000 MBA alumni to help build the brand of Jindal School of Management.
  • Adopted the “Wise Owl” as the council’s mascot.
  • Adopted the tradition of “Patting the Owl” for good-lucks on exams.

Fall 2015 – Spring 2016

  • 1st Annual JSOM OWLIE awards.

Fall 2014 – Spring 2015

  • Created the 1st Annual JSOM OWLIE Awards and organized all aspects of the award.
  • Dean Council Traditions: Initiatives for efficient induction of new recruits and appreciation of graduating council members.
  • JSOM Traditions: Strengthening the JSOM brand with traditions with PAT the OWL for good luck.
  • Graduate Traditions: On-going project to foster a culture of giving back to JSOM.
  • Identified and connected with nearly 2000 alumni to help build the brand of Jindal School of Management.

Fall 2013 – Spring 2014

  • Started the JSOM Success story contest to publish the achievements of the JSOM Students.
  • Worked on developing a new peer-to-peer mentoring system that would provide the students with career specific guidance.

Fall 2012 – Spring 2013

  • Host MBA networking events for current MBA students
  • Create Recognition Wall to emphasize the great accomplishments of our JSOM students, faculty and
    staff in spring 2013
  • Implement Golden Comet award system where students nominate faculty to be recognized in spring 2013
  • Organizing a JSOM student organization showcase to take place in spring 2013

Fall 2011 – Spring 2012

  • Create maintenance and beautification proposals regarding improvements to the overall look of the school.
  • Hosted MBA networking events for current MBA students.

Fall 2010 – Spring 2011

  • Improved access to the JSOM’s computer labs.
  • Created the official Dean’s Council Website.
  • Created a committee to help student organizations create their websites.

Fall 2009 – Spring 2010

  • Helped with re-establishing floundering student organizations, growing our student groups from 9 in 2008 to 19 in 2010 to 29 in 2011.
  • Built and orchestrated the “Reputation Matters” campaign to help promote the Jindal School of Management brand in rankings.
  • Worked to extend the school’s cafe hours to accommodate the break time for evening students.
  • Orchestrated getting the university to extend evening orange student parking to begin at 4:00 p.m. instead of 6:00 p.m. University withdrew the change and the Council is continuing to work to get it back.

Spring 2008 – Spring 2009

  • Created a brochure for the JSOM organizations to be given to all new incoming students.
  • Arranged a meeting with UT Dallas technical staff and students to resolve wireless problems.
  • Volunteered to lead a “Cans from the Classroom” food drive campaign to give to the North Texas Food Bank; the goal was to collect one can for every JSOM constituent (over 500 cans) in Fall 2008 and over 1800 cans in Fall 2009.
  • Hosted a Welcome Back event on September 2, 2008.
  • Hosted Karaoke in the Courtyard on August 23, 2009.
  • Hosted “Ask the Dean” sessions.
  • Four JSOM Faculty began teaching Rhetoric 1101 as per the recommendation of the Council (RHET 1101 is the required university freshman class that orients students to the UTD campus).
  • Provided feedback to the Dean to acquire more furniture in the building for students to lounge on.
  • Provided feedback to the deans asking for study tables in the common areas during the week prior to finals and during finals.
  • Responded to finance students who needed access to Bloomberg terminals in the early evening; hired students to work the additional hours.

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