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Graduate Education

Contact Information for School of Graduate Education

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Jim Ahern, Vice Provost & Dean, (307) 766-2897

  • Provides leadership for the School of Graduate Education.
  • Serves in a variety of UW roles supporting UW’s teaching, research, and inclusivity missions. Member of the Academic Affairs’ leadership team, Deans’ Council, UW’s Inclusion Council, among others.
  • Point of contact regarding new graduate programs, graduate program reviews, graduate student issues, graduate regulations & policies.
         Contact Dean Ahern if you have questions regarding:
  • New program development
  • Graduate regulations & policies
  • Graduate education governance, including Graduate Council
  • Graduate student concerns

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Danette Altergott, Accountant, (307) 766-2839

  • Provides accounting and HR support for the Transdisciplinary Programs (PhD programs; Biomedical Sciences, Hydrologic Science, Molecular & Cellular Life Sciences, Neuroscience, and Program in Ecology and Evolution) and Science & Math Teaching Center.

    Contact Danette if you have questions regarding:
  • Transdisciplinary Program and Science & Math Teaching Center financial processing and DHR issues
  • Graduate Assistant hires for the Transdisciplinary Program and the Science and Math Teaching Center


Michele Peck, Executive Business Manager, (307) 766-6430

  • Manages the business and fiscal operations of Graduate Education.
  • Oversees graduate assistant (GA) hire process, including GA requirements compliance.
        Contact Michele if you have questions regarding:
  • GA hires, including but not limited to; processes, stipend amounts, eligibility requirements, GA checks report
  • School of Graduate Education GA allocations (base, URDM, WGE, LIFE)
  • Internal – School of Graduate Education financial processing and DHR issues

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Eric Penicka, Senior Information Specialist, (307) 314-4406

  • Organizes, analyzes, interprets, and distributes data relevant to the School of Graduate Education.
  • Oversees forms, surveys, and reports that assist in Graduate Education processes.
        Contact Eric if you have questions regarding:
  • Graduate student data and statistics
  • Running a GRE Name Buy
  • Generating a Graduate Student email list

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Julie Sheldon, Enrollment Marketing Strategist, (307) 766-2846

  • Ensures that the graduate school and all graduate programs are marketed effectively to prospective target audiences.
  • Manages marketing and enrollment activities to continually grow the graduate student enrollment.
        Contact Julie if you have questions regarding:
  • Graduate Recruitment Initiative, graduate student recruitment,graduate marketing and SGE website content and updates
  • General graduate marketing initiatives such as videos, email and digital marketing campaigns

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Debbie Swierczek, Program Coordinator, Graduate Transdisciplinary Programs, (307) 766-4128 

  • Manages the six transdisciplinary programs: Biomedical Sciences, Hydrologic Science (Water Resources/Environmental Sciences & Engineering), Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences, Neuroscience, Program in Ecology and Evolution, and Science and Mathematics Teaching Center.
  • Provides director support.
         Contact Debbie if you have questions regarding:
  • Program concerns or updates
  • Graduate student support
  • Faculty support 
  • Semester course offerings 
  • Catalog reviews and updates
  • Transdisciplinary graduate form processing

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Sarah Wolverton, Office Associate, (307) 766-6478

  • First point of contact for the School of Graduate Education, managing the school’s phone and email.
  • Manages the school’s graduate form processing and committee inquiries.
        Contact Sarah if you have questions regarding:
  • Graduate form processing
  • Graduate committee formation
  • Scheduling with the Vice Provost/Dean
  • Graduate Coordinator list changes


Contact Us

School of Graduate Education

Knight Hall 250

Phone: (307) 766-6478


1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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