About the Graduate Student Association
Established in 1968, the Graduate Student Association (GSA) is the original campus-wide graduate student organization. Every graduate degree program on campus is eligible to have a representative at monthly meetings, where we plan professional development opportunites and discuss issues relating to academic policies and processes across campus.
The GSA President serves as a senator on the Graduate Faculty Senate (GFS), the elected representative body of the university's Graduate Faculty. In this role, the GSA President works with the other senators on regulations concerning graduate students and graduate programs in accordance with the University of Missouri's Collected Rules and Regulations (300.010 E.4).
As part of our service mission, GSA organizes professionalization programs and events designed to help graduate students build leadership skills become highly competitive in a dynamic workforce. Our signature programs include CV/Docs, Professionalization Week, and Scholarly Working Groups.
We view graduate students holistically and recognize the need for work/life integration. Through our socialization and networking events, we provide an outlet for graduate students and their families to meet and network with colleagues outside of their discipline.
To support graduate student travel to professional conferences, we offer travel grants in quarterly funding cycles.
How can I join?
To become a member of GSA, you can elect a representative via your departmental graduate student organization. If you are not part of a departmental graduate student organization, you can volunteer to be an at-large representative. Simply attend one of our meetings and mention to the board that you would like to join as an at-large representative.
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