Graduate Network in A&S (GNAS)

The College of Arts & Sciences

Graduate Network in A&S (GNAS)

Formed in 2009, the Graduate Network in Arts and Sciences (GNAS) is the official representative body of A&S graduate students. GNAS is composed of representatives from each of the college’s graduate degree-granting departments, providing social events and funding opportunities for graduate students in the College. Meetings are held monthly during the fall and spring semesters. 



Click here to view the GNAS Diversity Statement & Action Plan.


GNAS Fundraising and Social Events

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GNAS Travel, Research, and Creative Activities Grants

GNAS is proud to support our fellow graduate students in A&S in their research and travel. With funding provided by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, we are able to award multiple grants (up to $250 each) to students in the fall and spring semesters. 

Application Deadlines: 
  • Fall semester: Review of applications will begin Nov. 30, 2023. If funds are still available, applications will be reviewed through Dec. 6, 2023. 
  • Spring semester: TBD
  • Awardees must be current degree-seeking students in a College of Arts and Sciences graduate program.
  • Awardees must be students in departments that are in "in good standing," i.e., they have had regular representation at GNAS meetings over the course of the previous semester.  
  • Awardees must agree to (1) present at a UofL Graduate Conference hosted on campus in the spring, and (2) complete the Grant Funding Report at the end of the project. Students who do not present at the UofL Graduate Conference and/or submit the grant funding report may not be eligible for further GNAS funding. 
  • Previous award winners may apply, but priority will be given to students and projects not previously funded.
Application Instructions: 
  • Complete the online application form(link here)
  • Upload a project proposal/travel information
  • Upload a detailed budget of how the funds will be spent 
    • Examples are available in the FAQs. 
    • You may include 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. 
  • Note: GNAS reserves the right to vet all applications to verify need and authenticity.
Award information:
  • Approximately 25 grants (up to $250 each) are typically available in the fall and spring. 
  • Funds will be transferred into student's financial aid account. 
  • Please keep your receipts! Grant winners are expected to submit a Grant Funding Report 
  • Grant Funding Report
  • Research Fund FAQs 


GNAS Meeting Times

Fall 2023: 2nd Tuesday of each month at 5:30 in Gardiner Hall 1st floor conference room

2023-24 GNAS Officers


Name (Dept)

President Alanea Graci (Psychology)
Vice President

Paige Enlow (English)

Secretary Benjamin Botkin (History)
DEI Officer Trisha Douin (Sociology)
Information Officer Julia Kachanova (Biology)
Treasurer Eisey Eisenhardt (Art&Design) 

2023-24 Department Representatives




Anthropology vacant
Art and Design, Hite Institute Eisey Eisenhardt
Biology Julia Kachanova
Chemistry Michael Okolocha and Nawaraj Karki
Communication vacant
Comparative Humanities Rasheed Ismaila
Criminal Justice Weston Anderson
English Paige Enlow
Geographic & Environmental Sciences vacant
History Benjamin Botkin
Mathematics Pamela Linares
Pan-African Studies Renee Richardson
Philosophy Lane Scott
Physics & Astronomy Jacob Hannah
Political Science Anna Kelly
Psychological & Brain Sciences Alanea Graci
Sociology Thomas Isaak
Theatre Arts Faith Artis (alt. Zye Reid)
Urban & Public Affairs Joy Adeleye
Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Alex Vernon