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.
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.
Email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know!
The purpose of the Graduate Student Association is:
This is your opportuntity to have your CV or resume reviewed by a faculty member! Priority given to students entering the job market this year. It’s free. You must pre-register and submit your CV at least a week prior to event. Faculty interested in volunteering shoudl use the registration form below. Learn more about CV Docs.
Spring 2018 CV Docs will be March 7th! Click the learn more link to get more details about this semester’s event.
Professionalization Week (coming in 2017) will be a week-long event for graduate students pursing career within and beyond the academy.
CV Docs is an annual event sponsored by the Graduate Student Association. It affords graduate students the opportunity to have their CVs reviewed by a faculty member. Master’s-degree and PhD Candidates seeking either academic or private-sector jobs are eligible to participate with priority given to those students presently on the job market and those entering it in the coming year. CV Docs is offered at no cost, thanks to the generosity of our volunteer faculty members and post-doc fellows. Students that have registered for this event will submit their CVs at least a week prior to event for the selected faculty member for review. Watch our Facebook page or events page for the next session of CV Docs
CV Docs will be Wednesday, March 7th from 10am-2pm.
If you are interested in participating in CV Docs and you are a graduate or post-doctoral student please click here for the Registration Form.
Resources for Crafting an Excellent CV
Below are some helpful resources to aid you in the crafting of your CV Docs to have them be reveiwed for the event or you can use these resources to aid in the crafting of your CV in general.
*Resumes and CV’s are different in nature.
Department: Human Development & Family Sciences
For a list of past GSA Executive Officers and photos, please see the GSA History section.
The 2015 GSA Executive Board (from left to right): President Kenneth Bryant, Jr., Treasurer Carrie Winship, Public Relations Officer Monica Godbee, Vice President Angela Uriyo, and Secretary Chuka Nestor Emezue.
The 2014 GSA Executive Board (from left to right): Vice President Gretchen Stricker, President Maxwell Philbrook, Treasurer Sarah Lirley McCune, Public Relations Officer Matt McCune and Secretary Rachel Bauer.
Each month while the University is in session, the GSA General Council will meet on the last Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm in Gwynn Hall, Room 220.
The GSA General Council is a body open to representation from every graduate department or area on the University of Missouri campus whose charge it shall be to approve major budget expenditures, amend the GSA constitution and/or by-laws, make resolutions on key issues, elect officers, and act as the forum for graduate student interaction.
Each department or degree granting area (if autonomous from any department) shall be eligible for representation according to the following schedule:
GSA officers shall not serve as departmental representatives or serve as a proxy for absent representatives.
The GSA Constitution states the following about committees:
Specific concerns and issues within the General Council and among graduate students in general are to be met through the employment of specific-task committees. These committees shall be charged with establishing and prioritizing goals, keeping the General Council and the Executive Board informed of the progress made in meeting these goals. Permanent standing committees shall include: 1) Academic Affairs; 2) General Council Membership and Orientation; 3) Publications; and 4) Teaching/Research Assistant Concerns. Other standing committees may be appointed by the president as the need is perceived or as directed by the General Council or Executive Board.
Concerns and issues which are perceived as short-term may be delegated to committees with a limited duration. Examples of such committees include: 1) constitution/by-law revision; 2) new officer nomination; and 3) needs assessment survey. All such appointments are to be made by the president as he/she sees the need, or as directed by General Council or Executive Board. Such appointment shall be for a specified but renewable period of time.
The GSA Executive Board developed the following committees to better serve the GSA General Council.
Chair: GSA President
Chair: GSA Vice President
Chair: GSA Treasurer
Co-Chairs: GSA Secretary and Public Relations Officer
Administrators and other campus organizations often request that GSA representatives serve on their committees so our voices are heard. The GSA President also serves on the Graduate Faculty Senate.
GSA offers assistance for graduate students at the University of Missouri to travel to research conferences or professional development meetings.
The maximum travel award for an academic conference is $200 and for professional development is $100.
After you travel to such an event, you can submit an application to GSA for partial reimbursement if you meet the eligibility requirements.
Please note that you will need to submit your completed application package to the GSA mailbox located in Room 210 of Jesse Hall.
The majority of applicants use grants to attend academic conferences. GSA travel grants can also be applied to activities related to professional development, such as workshops, pre-conference activities, acting as invited speaker (when costs of the trip are not already covered by the inviter), and when you must attend a meeting to fulfill obligations as an officer of a professional organization.
GSA travel grants allow reimbursement for conference registration fees (not including professional organization membership fees), lodging, airplane tickets, airport parking, transport to the airport, and mileage when driving (check current reimbursement rates). Considering the limited dollar amount of award the GSA can provide, they can virtually always be limited in application to these main categories of expenses. We do not provide reimbursements for meals, and reimbursements for gasoline are not usually provided.
Since your credit card or bank statement converts your international purchases into dollars, providing it as your receipt for international travel makes processing simpler for the accountants and therefore is likely to make the application process go more smoothly.
GSA cannot directly award a grant to a person with whom you travel who is not a current University of Missouri graduate student, such as a professor, a family member, or a friend who is not a graduate student.
However, as a Mizzou graduate student you can be reimbursed for the share of the expenses for which you reimbursed the party on the original receipts. Please submit:
GSA evaluates travel grant applications four times a year:
|Cycle||Travel Dates||Grant Deadlines*||Awarded By|
|I||Dec 15 – Mar 14||Mar 30||May 15|
|II||Mar 15 – Jun 14||Jun 30||Aug 15|
|III||Jun 15 – Sep 14||Sep 30||Nov 15|
|IV||Sep 15 – Dec 14||Dec 30||Feb 15|
Turn in your completed application package to the GSA mailbox located in 210 of Jesse Hall. Please address the application to the GSA Treasurer.
*If the grant deadline falls over a weekend, the deadline will be extended to the next available business day.
If submitting by off-campus mail, mail to:
c/o The Office of Graduate Studies
University of Missouri
210 Jesse Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
Checks will be dispersed two to six weeks after the travel grants are reviewed. The wide range of expectation for dispersal is due to the variable workload of the University’s accounting department.
The GSA General Council meets on the last Tuesday of each month during the Fall and Spring semesters (i.e., Aug-Nov and Jan-Apr). The meetings are currently being held at 6:00 pm in Switzler Hall, Room 101, but that is subject to change.
The GSA Departmental Representative roles and responsibilities are highly valuable to GSA’s strategic mission.
The Graduate Student Association honors exceptional graduate students with GSA Outstanding/Superior Graduate Student Awards.
Each department’s graduate student association/organization and Director of Graduate Studies can nominate one student for the GSA awards. The top two nominations in each category, selected by the GSA Executive Officers, are awarded the Superior Graduate Student Award.
The GSA Executive Officers may not be nominated for the award and may not write a letter of recommendation for other nominees. Past GSA Superior Award winners are not eligible for the award again (even if that has mistakenly occurred in the past).
Former GSA President Kenneth Bryant and Xinhui Wang, GSA’s 2015 Superior Graduate Student Award Recipient
Nominations will be due Friday March 31, 2017 at 11:59pm CST.
GENERAL AWARD INFORMATION
OUTSTANDING GRADUATE STUDENT AWARD
SUPERIOR GRADUATE STUDENT AWARD
Milbre Burch, Theatre
Adam Galovan, Human Development and Family Studies
Jesse Kremenak, Physics and Astronomy
Dr. Tracy Kitchel, Agricultural Education and Leadership
Dr. Joshua Millspaugh, Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences
Dr. Lois Huneycutt, History
Amanda Nell Edgar
Sarah Lirley McCune
Dr. Elizabeth Behm-Morawitz
Dr. Gene Barabtarlo
Dr. James Endersby
Dr. Christine Proulx
Luise T. King, Biomedical Sciences
Maxwell Philbrook, English
Hayley Treloar, Psychological Sciences
Dr. Salman M. Hyder, Biomedical Sciences
Dr. Jere Gilles, Rural Sociology
Dr. Joshua J. Millspaugh, Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences
Shashi Gajara, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Tomas Nicolas, Romance Languages and Literatures
Sachidevi Puttaswamy, Biological Engineering
Christopher Rota, Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences
Megan Fitzsimmons, Human Development and Family Studies
Nathan Madden, Political Science
Amanda Sims, Rural Sociology
Dr. Bruce Bartholow, Psychological Sciences
Dr. Carol Gilles, Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum
Dr. Michael Ugarte, Romance Languages and Literatures
Dr. Michele Warmund, Plant Sciences
Dr. Signe Cohen, Religious Studies
Dr. Marilyn Coleman, Human Development and Family Studies
Dr. Joanna Hearne, English
Dr. Thomas G. Johnson, Truman School of Public Affairs
Dr. Azlin Mustapha, Food Science Program
Aurelia Mouzet and GSA President Kenneth Bryant Jr.
Pamela Otsby and and GSA President Kenneth Bryant Jr.
Connor Lewis and GSA President Kenneth Bryant Jr.
Matt McCune and GSA President Kenneth Bryant Jr.
Executive Board Office Hours, Fall 2017
GSA has a space in the CSI located on the second floor of the MU Student Center. Our desk space is B2 and you can visit any of the officers during their office hours below to ask questions or make comments.
President Sarah Senff: Tuesday’s 4-6pm
Vice-President Jesse Wyatt: Friday’s 9-11am
Secretary Eric Scott: Monday’s 10am-12pm
Treasurer Duke Cruz: Friday’s 12:30-2:30pm
Director of Public Relations Blake Willoughby: Wednesday’s 10am-12pm
Fundraising Chair James Larsen: Tuesday’s 11:30am-1:30pm
Graduate Student Association
210 Jesse Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
Note: All GSA travel grant applications MUST be submitted to the GSA mailbox ln 210 Jesse Hall.
Become a part of GSA! Every department on campus should have a graduate student organization that sends a Representative to GSA meetings. 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 tell the GSA Board that you would like to become an at-large representative.
Get engaged in GSA – it looks great on your CV or resume!