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 Window: 
  • Spring 2024: 
    • Opens Monday, Feb. 5th
    • Closes Monday, March 4th
  • Fall 2024:
    • 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) submit receipts of expenses, (2) present at a UofL Graduate Conference hosted on campus in the spring OR provide proof of how the funds were used, and (3) complete the Grant Funding Report at the end of the project. Students who do not fulfill these requirements 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 applications must be submitted online during the application window.
  • Applications must include the following information:
    1. A project proposal/written narrative
    2. A detailed budget

Once the research/creative project or trip is completed, awardees must do the following:

  1. Submit receipts of expenses up to $250
  2. Attend the UofL Graduate Conference in the spring OR Provide proof of how the funds were used:
    • Picture of you at a research conference and/or PDF conference itinerary
    • Picture of you presenting or showcasing your creative project
   3. Complete the GNAS Grant Funding Report
    • This report should be submitted no more than two (2) weeks after the conference or completion of the research/creative activity. 
  • For more details on how to provide a good application, see our FAQ page: 
    • 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 the student's financial aid account, and may take anywhere between 4 to 8 weeks after you receive your award letter to be posted to the account. 

GNAS Meeting Times

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


Spring 2024: 3rd Thursday of each month from 5:30pm - 7:00pm 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