2015-2016 Executive Board

Jeff Bruinsma

President - Jeff Bruinsma


Jeff Bruinsma is a second year grad student pursing his MA in English. He received his undergrad here at UNCW as well. His main concentrations are Linguistics and Theory. In addition to being the GSA President, an active GEA member, Sigma member, teaching assistant, tutor, and awesome all-around person, he is also always busy. He plans to pursue a PhD and, hopefully one day, find time to sleep.


Nikolai Lipscomb

Vice President - Nikolai Lipscomb


Nikolai is currently pursuing his M.Sc. in Mathematics and teaches statistics at UNCW. His main areas of interest are machine learning, numerical analysis, operations research, and partial differential equations. In addition to the GSA, Nikolai works for the American Institute of Mathematical Sciences where he is currently an editorial assistant and will be co-authoring a textbook in numerical methods starting this winter.


Sam Horstmann

Treasurer - Sam Hortsmann



Sam is currently pursuing an MA in English and is a departmental T.A. in his last year of study. He graduated from UNCW in the Summer of 2014 with a degree in English with a concentration in Literary Studies. As Treasurer for the GSA, Sam looks forward to helping graduate students utilize the different resources afforded to them and to assist them in learning outside of the classroom, whether it be attending conferences, collecting data, or traveling to present their research.




Emily Clark

Secretary - Emily Clark


Emily Clark is in her second year as a candidate in the MFA Creative Writing Program and is overjoyed to be a part of the Graduate Student Association, serving in the role of secretary. She enjoys deep sea diving and long walks on the beach, so long as that beach is air conditioned.


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