The MCR Committee


MCR President: Antonia Schrader

dsc_0186Hello everyone! My name is Antonia and I am a second-year PhD student in Classics, studying the portrayal of social identity, hierarchy and mobility in ancient Greek drama. When I am not exploring the fascinating literature of a few thousand years ago, I enjoy traveling, cycling, creative handicrafts – and, of course, being MCR President at Murray Edwards College. As President, I coordinate and support the other Committee members and help them create a system of MCR support, activities and opportunities that aims to make our graduates’ college experience as enjoyable as possible. I also make sure that the views and concerns of Murray Edwards graduates are properly represented in college and the university beyond. So, if you have any comments, questions or ideas to improve the MCR or indeed anything else you would like to raise, I’d love to hear from you.

MCR Vice-President: Zoe Ye

zoeHi there! This is Zoe, your vice president at the MCR! I am a 3rd-year PhD student at the Department of Physics. I love rowing, singing and chatting 🙂 As VP, I help the president to coordinate the MCR committee and support all the MCR members to enjoy their life in Murray Edwards College as much as possible. You are always welcome to contact me! A nice cup of tea and a chat with MCR ladies always lights up my day.

MCR Treasurer: Juliet Thompson                                                                      

Hello! I’m a first-year PhD student in the department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, focussing upon the fabrication and analysis julietof interfaces between superconducting and magnetically-ordered materials. This is part of a wider investigation into the field of superconducting spintronics: a potential high-speed, low-energy type of computing. In my spare time, I love watching and participating in sports, exploring new countries, and socialising with friends. As Treasurer, I look after the MCR’s finances, budget, and any other money-related matters. I also liaise termly with the college Finance Committee. I hope to ensure that the funds and resources available to the MCR are well managed, and used in the best way possible in order to aid and support our fantastic and diverse graduate community

Secretary: Genevieve Bouchard

genevieveHello! My name is Genevieve, and I am pursuing an MPhil in Management here at Cambridge.  Outside of my studies, I enjoy yoga, cooking, and cycling around Cambridge to take in all the incredible views.  I’m from sunny California, and it is wonderful to be a part of a college whose approach to university life is just as sunny.   As Secretary, I would love to continue fostering the warm, encouraging environment that has made Murray Edwards feel like home away from home.  I can’t wait to make the most of this year with my fellow graduates!

Social Secretaries

Freya Steveni – internal socials                                                                       

Hello there! My name is Freya and I’m doing an MPhil in Comparative Literature with a focus on seventeenth-century France. I’m from London but lived in France and Italy as part of my undergraduate degree in Modern Languages, where I was often found with a coffee or glass of wine in hand, enjoying a more relaxed lifestyle. My role as Internal Social Secretary is to give the MCR regular opportunities to take a step back from the academic stresses that seem to consume us, and gather as a community. Coffee mornings, film nights and anything that falls in between – I’m here to help structure your social life within college, so do let me know if there’s something you’d like to see the MCR get together and do. I think it’s important that we make the most of being together at college!

Holly Philipps – external and inter-collegiate socials                         

Hiya! I’m Holly and I’ve just joined Murray Edwards to study for an MPhil in Management. I’ll be one of your social secretaries this year and I can’t wait to organise loads of fun events and socials for everyone. My role specifically focuses on external and inter-collegiate events. So, if you’re looking to find out about, or organise, formal or informal swaps, joint MCR socials, or any other inter-collegiate activity, please get in touch!

Katarina Stojanovic – big events and the college bop                         

Hi everyone! I’m Katarina, and I’ve just started an MPhil in History of Art, in which I’ll be investigating Surrealism in Yugoslavia. I’m from London, but did my undergraduate degree in Edinburgh, where I did joint honours French and History of Art. I’m in charge of the big events that will take place in college this year – most notably, the bop. If you have any ideas for the bop or any other events, drop me a line and let me know! Additionally, if you want to help with volunteering for these events, I’d love to have you on board. I’m looking forward to a great year at Murray Edwards with all of you!

Ilma Bogdan – arts and academic socials                                                    

Hi, I am a PhD student in comparative religion and I will be one of ilmathe Social Secretaries during the upcoming academic year. The task of Social Secretaries is very simple: to entertain and make your life in Cambridge enjoyable. For that purpose, the four of us will organise as many and as diverse social events as possible to suit your every fancy. On my behalf, I will be particularly in charge of the Cambridge Art scene as well as academic events of note. Therefore, do expect from me invitations to Cambridge music festivals and theatrical performances along with trips to London to attend one of numerous artistic venues of the British capital!

Welfare Officer: Amarpreet Kaur                                                                

Hey, I am an MPhil student studying the Sociology of Reproduction. My research explores new assistive reproductive amarpreettechnologies surrounding genetics. Outside the classroom, I love to cook fusion dishes, travel and watch comedy. I am new to Cambridge and of course Murray Edwards, so if you know of anything that can top the rising floor in the dome, please do let me know! As your newly appointed Welfare Officer I am here to listen to you, and where I can’t help, direct you to alternate sources of support. I also get the riveting responsibility of attending MEC’s Health and Safety Committee meetings, so if anything should be flagged up there don’t hesitate to get in touch. I am super friendly and always happy to help :D.

LGBT+ Officer: Helen Saunders                                                                                                                 

Hi, I’m Hel, and I’m a second-year PhD student in the Faculty of Law, looking at certain types of loan hel-piccontracts in the Court of Chancery in the seventeenth-century. No, really, it’s much more interesting than it sounds. As LGBT+ Officer, I support and represent any and all students who identify as LGBT+, and I also organise events of interest to both LGBT+ students and the wider college community on LGBT+ issues. When I’m not engaging in my research (which, if my supervisor is reading this, is never – honestly) I like zipping around Cambridge on my Vespa and playing my guitar.

Green Officer: Sophia Marie Hornbacher-Schönleber                           

Hi everyone, my name is Sophia and I am doing an MRes in Social Anthropology, focusing on islamic socialists in Indonesia. Aside from sophiathat, I am also passionate about gender equality, international food, music, hiking, novels, and living a sustainable life (however unachievable that may be). Because of the final point, I decided to run for the position of the MCR green officer. Together with a team of creative and motivated MCR members, I will try to make our college more environmentally friendly and organise interesting events on various topics. If you have suggestions for events or are interested in joining the team, please contact me!

Computing/Communications Officer: Lisa Al-Faradzh

Hello! My name is Lisa, I am a second year PhD student at Modern and Medieval Languages, studying Early Modern rhetorical culture. Before coming to Cambridge I studied in Russia and France. I am interested in a bunch of things: playing the piano, reading philosophy and img_0264fiction, learning Latin and how to dance tango, meeting new people. This term I am also very determined to become a good rower – I hope to meet some of you on the river! As a computer officer I would like to take care of our MCR’s website and make us visible to each other through the web. I am convinced that at Murray Edwards I am among the most interesting people in the world and I wish to share this experience of living with you with the other people, be it our college’s fellows or prospective graduate students. If you have any suggestions related to our presence on the web or if you have some issues with the technical side of your college life, please, do contact me, I will be very happy to hear you.
                                                                                                                                                         General Member: Sarah Ward                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
I’m Sarah, a second year PhD student in Physics, studying the effects of nanostructure on dynamic fracture.  When I’m not breaking things in the lab, I enjoy baking, running and generally getting outdoors. As a General Mesarah-ward-photomber, I’m happy to muck in and help out wherever necessary, with whatever needs doing. The MCR is a fantastic community and I want to help build on that.

There’s an opportunity to focus the general member role on a particular area, and I’m keen to help those of us who live out of college (70% of graduate students) and anyone who may live out in the future. I lived out of college in my first year, and I currently live outside of Cambridge. I want to make sure that all members of the MCR can be actively involved and supported in issues that matter to them irrespective of where they live, so please do get in touch if you think I can help you.

General Member: Rijak Grover                        

Hello! I’m doing my MPhil in the department of Sociology, focussing upon gender and employment.  My research looks at the constraints faced by women farmers in Cote d’Ivoire when accessing formal jobs in secondary rijakcities.  In my spare time, I love to spend time with friends, row for Murray Edwards, and garden with the edible garden project. I hope to put my yoga certification to use by organising regular yoga classes for graduates, especially around exam time!  As a MCR general member, I look forward to contributing to the graduate community and ensuring everyone enjoys their time at the college.  Please feel free to contact me with any ideas or questions!               


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