About Graduate Student Services

Graduate Student Services Team

    Academic Center, Smith Hall Suite 118
    Monday - Friday 9:00 - 5:00 
   [email protected]

The student services team will be back in the office starting August 16th.  Should you wish to contact any team member, please email [email protected] or make an appointment with us.

Each CCAS graduate program has an assigned Program Coordinator who is your main point of contact within the Office of Graduate Studies.  Your Program Coordinator administers the enrollment and academic standing policies and procedures that all graduate students must maintain. Your Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) addresses any academic advising questions related to course selection and other degree requirements.  Please use [email protected] for all email correspondence, including the submission of all forms.  It is very helpful to us that you include your GWID and program of study in the subject line of your email.  This way we can ensure your email is responded to even if your assigned student services coordinator is out of the office.


Anna Marie Siegel, Associate Director

Anna Marie Siegel
Associate Director

Programs: All Corcoran programs, Anthropology, all Forensic Science programs, Forensic Psychology, LGBT Health Policy and Practice, Psy.D.

Nicole Davidson, Manager Doctoral Student Services

Nicole Davidson
Manager, Doctoral Students 

Programs:  All Ph.D. programs.

Linda Wilkerson, Student Services Assistant

Melissa Busskohl

Programs: Anatomical and Translational Sciences, Applied Mathematics, Bioinformatics & Molecular Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Data Science, Environmental and Green Chemistry, Human Paleobiology, Mathematics, Statistics, all TSPPPA programs.

Rebecca Burns

Rebecca Burns
Senior Coordinator

Programs: American Studies, Applied Economics, Art Therapy, Biostatistics, Chinese Language and Culture, Communication Management, Criminology, English, Geography, GIS, History, Islamic Studies, Media and Strategic Communication, Organizational Sciences, Philosophy, Philosophy and Social Policy, Political Science, Sociology, Speech-Language Pathology, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Liz Kepferle

Linda Wilkerson
Student Services Assistant

Linda processes all your forms, answers your phone calls and welcomes you when you drop in.



Your Director of Graduate Studies (DGS)

Each graduate program has a Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) who will be your main point of contact regarding your academic program requirements. 

You must meet with your DGS before registering for courses in the first semester to ensure you are informed of exactly which courses you need to take and what is required to complete your graduate program. Your DGS’ contact details can be found in the Graduate Program Director listing on the Office of Graduate Studies Contacts page.

You should also discuss the possibility of transferring any graduate credit earned at other institutions with your DGS, and submit the necessary paperwork to the Office of Graduate Studies.


Role of your Academic Advisors 


Student Services Coordinator

  • Processes restricted registration requests
  • Provides guidance on CCAS and GW academic policies
  • Audits academic progress
  • Processes CCAS and GW forms
  • Processes graduation clearances


Director of Graduate Studies

  • Serves as Academic advisor
  • Answers questions about program requirements and curriculum
  • Provides guidance on CCAS and GW academic policies
  • Creates your Plan of Study 
  • Assists with registration
  • Submits DegreeMAP petitions
  • Evaluates academic progress
  • Consults with Coordinator on academic issues
  • Submits CCAS forms