Aynardi, a member of GSA's executive board, is a second-year Ph.D. student in plant pathology and environmental microbiology. His research encompasses the evaluation of fungicides for efficacy against various turfgrass pathogens and the study of pathogen biology and molecular detection of Sclerotinia homoeocarpa, the fungus connected with the blight called dollar spot on turfgrass.
As the GSA's representative to Faculty Senate, Aynardi is charged with addressing student body concerns with the faculty senators. He serves on the Senate's Student Life Committee and represents Penn State's 14,000-plus graduate students, dealing with issues regarding academics, programs, and policies. He also was recently named chairman of the Policy Committee of the UPUA Diversity Task Force, a group of students who have come together to focus on diversity issues at the University.