Meet Our RGSs

The Resident Graduate Student (RGS) program is intended to enhance the residential college experience and help foster a fully integrated campus community that unites under­graduates of all four years, graduate stu­dents and faculty across the disciplines.

Office of the Dean of the College

How does the Edwards Collective manage to pull off so many rich and exciting events? The Resident Graduate Student program! Throughout the academic year, two graduate students help Collective members plan visits to exhibits and facilitate performances. In addition to external events, Edwards Collective RGSs also host regular brunches and run bi-weekly study breaks. Feel free to reach out to them with inquiries into Collective life!

I believe learning is a communal event… [The Collective] explicitly makes communal life its purpose. And that’s a double blessing for me in my role as a RGS of the Edwards Collective.

-Denis Z. (previous Edwards RGS)

Peter Benson (pbenson@) hails from the coast of Virginia. He’s an introvert but occasional performer, an amateur photographer of off-the-map locations, and a writer. As a certified scuba diver, he’s swum with sharks and barracudas and found them to be delightful though elusive companions. His nieces and nephews describe him as a specialist in storytelling and voice-acting, which he takes very seriously.

A third-year in the English department, Peter studies eighteenth-century literature, religion, and speculative fiction. Prior to his current studies Peter attained masters degrees in theology and literature. Ask him about superstition, ghosts, secularism, and zombies.

Emily Chesley (echesley@) is the other half of the arts program coordinators. She loves all forms of partner dancing from the English waltz to a ceilidh. An avid swing dancer, she performed with her college club team in Los Angeles and taught ballroom dance during her masters in Princeton. She has been known to wake up before dawn to rush shows on Broadway, but can equally be found on her couch reading YA novels.

In her professional life, Emily is a PhD Candidate in History studying women in late antique Syria. She works with both texts and material culture and recently organized an international conference on Syriac art.