Graduate Council

Dean’s Council – Graduate

The New Membership Drive has closed for the semester; please check back here for updates for next semester’s campaign.

Complete the online application (one time) and submit by the deadline posted below, 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)
  • Completed online application with at least one JSOM Faculty reference

All Council members must attend all Dean’s Council meetings. Meetings are held on selected Saturday mornings between 10:00-12:30.


Dean’s Council dates to remember for Spring 2019:

  • Dean’s Council Meetings:
    • 1/12/2019
    • 2/09/2019
    • 3/09/2019
    • 4/13/2019
*New Member Mandatory Orientation before meeting

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.

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Graduate Leaders

Rachel Johnson

Rachel Johnson, Co-Leader

“Let the beauty of what you love, be what you do.” - Rumi

I am working towards my MS in Management Science and Organizational Behavior. I joined the Dean’s Council for two reasons. First, I take great pride in my education and wanted to help showcase the high levels of intelligence, sheer talent, and good will exhibited here are JSOM. Second, I feel there is inherent truth and solace to be found in the experience of others. I want to help those stories get told and create a profound legacy for years to come.

Christian Filsouf

Christian Filsouf, Co-Leader

Currently, I am working on my MBA in organizational leadership and will be attending law school in the fall of 2019. I hope to work either in corporate law, or as a probate attorney. My ultimate goal is to one day become a congressman. I joined Dean’s Council to be with JSOM’s best and brightest students, and to leave behind a positive impact for the school.

Jennifer Burson

Jennifer Burson, Secretary

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead

I graduated in December 2017 with my MBA, but am still taking classes at JSOM to prepare for PhD studies. Being a JSOM student has provided me with so many academic and professional opportunities; I am excited to serve on Dean’s Council to give back to the school that has given so much to me.

Reagan Reese Renner

Reagan Reese Renner, Photographer

“Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.” – Joel A. Barker

In an educational program, I feel like what you put in is what you get out. I didn’t feel like going to class was enough. I wanted to network with my classmates and be an active, contributing student during my time at UTD. I felt like joining the Dean’s Council would provide me with an excellent opportunity to meet and network with people that were going through similar programs. It also offered me a chance to be actively involved in the continued development of JSOM as a leading institution in producing outstanding business professionals.

Anurag Rajeshkumar Laddha

Anurag Rajeshkumar Laddha, Webmaster

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi

I am currently pursuing my master’s in business analytics. I joined dean’s council to discover more about myself by interacting with brightest students around campus. It also provides me a platform to share individual opinions to reflect the change I want to see towards development of JSOM.

Malvika Bodh

Malvika Bodh, Social Media Coordinator

“Persistence is very important. You should not give up unless you are forced to give up. ”

I am a graduate student (MS in Business Analytics) at JSOM, and I joined the Dean’s Council as it offers a unique opportunity: to serve the student community by devising and implementing innovative strategies while also acquiring a quality business education, with the added benefit of experiencing a multicultural milieu shaped by individuals hailing from all parts of the world. These diverse experiences as a council member will surely make for a great learning experience and will create a brilliant foundation for my future endeavors.

Laavanya Rajendran

Laavanya Rajendran, Volunteer Coordinator

"When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this : "You haven't". Many of Life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. Perseverance is the only key to success" -Thomas Edison

Currently, I am pursuing my masters in Management Science. Little did I know how competitive it was to join the Deans Council. Being able to be a part of the council that contributes so much to the betterment of JSOM motivates me to work harder, and if the activities that we do through the council inspires the students to contribute better to JSOM then our goal is achieved! Members of the council are so friendly and vibrant, and it helps me grow better as a person both personally and professionally. Being a part of the Deans Council is one of the best opportunities I have ever had and I am a Proud Comet!

Graduate Members

  • Bhavikshah Atulkumar
  • Opeyimika Babayemi
  • Satinder Bajaj
  • Bijayeeta Banerjee
  • Philip Bierman
  • Priyanka Bisht
  • Malvika Bodh
  • Rajkumar Budhi Dhananjayan
  • Jennifer Burson
  • Sai Revanth Chandupatla
  • Mark Chang
  • Bhushan Chelani
  • Jasmine Chemplanikal
  • Muthu Veerappan Chockalingam
  • Sangeeta Eluri
  • Christian Filsouf
  • Dominic Golab
  • Ashvarya Gupta
  • Harsh Gupta
  • Prateek Gupta
  • Sonali Gupta
  • Vidhi Gupta
  • Kayla Hunt
  • Cyriac Jacob
  • Sanskruti Jain
  • Suverna Jain
  • Rachel Johnson
  • Animesh Johri
  • Zelika Kadogo
  • Naveen Kaswa
  • Taphenes Koroma
  • Raghavan Krishnan Veera
  • Akhil Kulkarni
  • Anurag Rajeshkumar Laddha
  • Harshita Lall
  • Robert Liebendorfer
  • Abhishek Magotra
  • Reshma Maliakkal
  • Jonathan Martinez
  • Garima Mathur
  • Priya Matta
  • Zachary Mauricio
  • Bhavisha Mehta
  • Shaivy Mittal
  • Lotanna Moneke
  • Ninette Moody
  • Ahmed Mostafa
  • Sumit Moza
  • Aminat Muibi
  • Guhan Murugesan
  • Mannat Nanda
  • Ngan Nguyen
  • Kumar Nishant
  • Olufunke Ogunjobi
  • Siddharth Oza
  • Andrew Parsley
  • Sai Nath Prabhala
  • Gunjan Raichandani
  • Laavanya Rajendran
  • Shrenik Ramani
  • Sneha Ramashesha
  • Bharat Rao
  • Reagan Renner
  • Sambit Sahoo
  • Katherine Schulte
  • Gowtham Senthilkumar
  • Shravik Sethi
  • Nowreena Shakdwipee
  • Sathi Sikdar
  • Sarvjeet Singh
  • Rahul Singh
  • Prakash Singh Somvanshi
  • Kathleen Stewart
  • Parikshit Suhaney
  • Weiyang Sun
  • Sri Pravallika Tammineedi
  • Yi Tang
  • Haylee Tubbs
  • Gautam Vaidyalingasarma
  • Sneha Venkataraman

* Membership as of 3/16/2018

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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