... living your Purdue life to the fullest

Life Team organizes a wide array of social events for graduate students and their families.

Our events include:

monthly Pint Nights at local businesses, Game Nights, Paint Nights, our Fall and Spring Picnics, Mental Health Awareness Week, Graduate Student Appreciation Week, and more!

Questions? Want to get involved?

Email Life Team Chair, Madelina Nuñez, at

Recent Events

Meet the Team​

Life Team Chair

Pratik Kashyap

Life Team


Assemgul (Sam) Bissenbina

Sam is an international student from (glorious nation of ) Kazakhstan and a  third-year Ph.D. student in the Division of Consumer Science in the College of Health and Human Sciences. Her research focuses on corporate finance and governance and applied financial economics. She also serves as a president of the Kazakh Student Association and is very passionate about organizing events. Sam enjoys singing and running. 


Seth A. Herr

I’m from Galesburg IL and came to Purdue originally for my undergraduate degree. After graduating I stayed at Purdue and am currently pursuing a PhD in Integrative Neuroscience. My research focuses on neurotrauma including brain and spinal cord injury.

George Meyer

I am earning my PhD in Purdue's horticulture Landscape Architecture department where I study plant secondary metabolism under the guidance of Dr. Josh Widhalm. I enjoy being as social as my studies allow me and can be found hanging out with friends or with my two pet cockatiels Dolly and Bingo. 


Jannuel Cabrera

Jannuel Cabrera is a PhD student in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue. He received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Syracuse University in 2016, and his M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue in 2018. When he is not hunched over his computer, Jannuel can be found running around campus (yes, for fun) and (re)rewatching "Friends" on Netflix.

Pratik Kashyap

Pratik is a 6th year PhD student in Electrical and Computer Engineering who got his bachelor's from PESIT (Bangalore, India) in 2014. His research focuses on medical imaging and its various applications. In his free time, Pratik likes to play the bass, cricket, softball and hopes to one day pitch at a MLB game. Besides that, he is a self-proclaimed "party animal" as you'll definitely catch him at the next PGSG Pint Night.

Rajan Mishra

I am from a small town in India. Did my Mechanical Engineering before doing my MBA in Marketing. Worked for a few years before coming here to pursue a Ph.D. in Marketing.  


Mychaela Coyne

I’m a PhD student in Medical Physics and am developing a new type of medical imaging device. This is my 5th year at Purdue and I’m excited to be a part of PGSG!

Kishan Koradiya

Studied cracks in polymer bonded explosives. My personality is quite the opposite. I like to play chess, table tennis and read books on almost any topic.

Pradnya Prakash Bapat

I am a first year PhD student in the school of pharmacy at Purdue. I received my M.S. from National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), India. My research focuses on developing better ways of administration of medicines to exploit the maximal health benefits.I enjoy listening to music and also I am fond of hiking and swimming

Ellen Weld

Ellen is a 7th year Ph.D. student in the Mathematics Department studying C*-algebras arising from Bieberbach groups which, amazingly, is much more interesting than it sounds. In her free time, Ellen enjoys hanging out at bars with her friends.