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


2014- 2015 Academic Year


President: Tracey Eckersley, Fine Arts

Vice President: Ryan Luke, Mathematics

Secretary: Perry Factor, Psychological & Brain Sciences

Information Officer: Tommy Skaggs, History

Humanities Representative: Pending

Natural Sciences Representative: Geoffrey Lentner, Physics & Astronomy

Social Sciences Representative: Neha Angal, Anthropology

2014-2015 Meeting Schedule (Tentative)

  • August 27th
  • September 10th
  • October 8th
  • November 12th
  • December 10th
  • January 14th
  • February 11th
  • March 4th, 11th or 18th (Pending vote of GSU)
  • April 8th

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 2014 Academic Year 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. There are two rounds for funding opportunities, they typically occur in September and 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

Application Form (List of FAQs)

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 2014-2015 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 February 10, 2015 and June 15, 2015.

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 28, 2015 at 4:00 PM. Applicants MUST use the form available here. 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 left in Associate Dean Pfeffer’s mailbox, A&S Dean’s Office, 2nd floor, Gardiner Hall, or submitted by email to

7. Award recipients will be notified by email no later than February 5, 2015 with further instructions.

8. For more information, please contact Dr. Wendy Pfeffer, Associate Dean for Graduate Education (

A list of frequently asked questions about the research fund application and process can be found here.



Past Meeting Minutes & Agendas



  • April 2013 Minutes Agenda
  • March 2013 Minutes Agenda
  • February 2013 Minutes Agenda
  • January 2013  Minutes Agenda
  • December 2012 Minutes Agenda
  • November 2012 Minutes Agenda
  • October 2012 Minutes Agenda
  • September 2012 MinutesAgenda



  • April 2011 Minutes Agenda
  • March 2011 Minutes Agenda
  • February 2011 Minutes Agenda



A&S GSU Constitution