Graduate Student Union
Formed in 2009, Arts & Sciences Graduate Student Union (GSU) is the official representative body of A&S Graduate Students. It an officially recognized student organization composed of representatives from each of the college’s graduate degree granting departments. All current A&S graduate students are encouraged to attend GSU sponsored events and meetings. The functions of GSU include the following:
- Serve as a medium of communication between the diverse academic range of A&S graduate student programs.
- Allow members to participate in creating the budget and crafting administrative policies.
- Educate graduate students of their rights, responsibilities, and privileges.
- Collaborate with A&S faculty and staff in college curriculum and other administrative committee meetings.
- Offer financial support for worthy A&S graduate students’ conference travel and research expenses.
- Sponsor academic and social events to enrich the graduate student experience
2013 - 2014 Academic Year
President: Megan Pavageau, Pan African Studies
Vice President: Emily Maiden, Political Science
Secretary: Perry Factor, Psychological & Brain Sciences - Experimental
Information Officer: Tracey Eckersley, Fine Arts
Humanities Representative: Stephen Cohen, English
Natural Sciences Representative: Jamie Bougher, Physics & Astronomy
Social Sciences Representative: Jessica Newton, Sociology
Spring 2014 Meeting Schedule (Tentative)
- January 8th
- February 12th
- March 5th
- April 9th
The GSU will be meeting on the second Wednesday of every month (with the exception of March) at 7:30pm social/8:30 meeting. Meetings for the Spring 2014 semester will be in the Bingham Humanities Building, Room 300. Food and refreshments will be served.
Graduate Student Research Fund
The Graduate Student Union, a representative body composed of graduate students from the various disciplines in the College of Arts and Sciences, is offering research funding opportunities for A&S graduate students. The GSU is offering grants (maximum $100) to help A&S graduate students offset the costs of conducting research, attending conferences, and purchasing data sets and other materials. A second round for Spring/Summer 2013 projects will be announced in January.
Examples of past projects funded by the GSU include:
- Purchase of MCDI Language Questionnaires
- Attending Digital Media and Composition Workshop
- Research Travel for Field and/or Archival Locations
- Paper and Research Presentations for National/International Conferences
- Purchase of BITSEA Scoring Assistant Software and Training Manual
Requirements and Instructions
1. All applicants must be current degree-seeking students in a College of Arts and Sciences graduate program.
2. Funds may be used for the 2013-2014 academic year but cannot be used to reimburse purchases already made. Priority will be given to students and projects not previously funded. Funds must be encumbered or expended between October 1, 2013 and June 15, 2014.
3. Funds may be used for the following suggested purposes:
- Conference Travel and Fees (specify name of conference, location and dates)
- Research Travel (include destination and dates in application)
- Computer Software or Licenses
- Purchase of Data Sets
- Miscellaneous Research Expenses (see FAQs)
(Know that all items acquired for student research use remain the property of UofL.)
4. Funds may NOT be used for classroom expenses, personal copies, or membership fees.
5. Applications will be accepted until January 27, 2014 at 4:00 PM. Applicants use the form available at http://uofl.me/as-gsu. Applications will be reviewed and funds awarded based on the quality of the application. Be sure to attach a detailed budget of expected expenses for your project (see FAQs). You may also attach any other supporting documents, including but not limited to abstracts, travel itineraries, flight/hotel quotes, and software/product descriptions. If you are driving to and from your destination for research or conference travel, please include total mileage. The GSU reserves the right to vet all applications to verify need and authenticity.
6. Completed applications can be dropped off at the A&S Graduate Education Office, Gardiner Hall LL10a, or submitted by email to email@example.com.
7. Award recipients will be notified by email no later than February 1 with further instructions.
8. For more information, please contact Hillary Barter, Program Assistant Sr., Graduate Education and Advising (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Wendy Pfeffer, Associate Dean for Graduate Education (email@example.com).
A list of frequently asked questions about the research fund application and process can be found here.
Past Meeting Minutes & Agendas
- January 2014 Minutes Agenda
- December 2013 MinutesAgenda
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