GPSA's Mission

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To build, support, and illuminate a strong, vibrant, and inclusive graduate and professional student community through programming, outreach, and advocacy.

The Graduate-Professional Student Association (GPSA) at the University of Georgia is a member organization of the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS). NAGPS is a student-run national, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of graduate & professional students across the United States.  Founded by student leaders in 1987, NAGPS is the only national organization that represents the interests of graduate & professional students in public and private universities at local, state, regional and national levels.

Our Initiatives

The Graduate-Professional Student Association (GPSA) at the University of Georgia works to improve the quality of graduate and professional student life at UGA. Our advocacy efforts evolve according to student needs and feedback. Recent examples of issues taken up by GPSA include revising daily class schedules university-wide in order to ease time constraints on graduate teaching assistants, providing childcare subsidies to graduate students with children, enhancing graduate student mandatory insurance coverage and premium subsidies, strengthening campus mental health programs, and even pushing back the fall semester start date. 

GPSA also supports programs that encourage student involvement and community engagement. If you have questions or suggestions, we like both! Contact us here.

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Community Engagement

GPSA is working with other units on campus to provide undergraduate and high school students with valuable mentorship opportunities. Right now, our primary vehicle for these programs is the STEM Outreach Program. Look for more information soon. Additionally, if you're interested in taking a leadership role in crafting such programs, reach out to us at!


Integrative Research & Ideas Symposium (IRIS)

The Integrative Research & Ideas Symposium is at premier research-focused event for graduate and professional students and faculty at UGA. The event is student-run and supported by the Graduate School, the Office of Research, Student Affairs, the Office of Institutional Diversity, and many more internal units. Do you want to help organize, promote, and execute on this exciting opportunity? Get involved!  

IMproved Funding for GRAduate Student Programs and Activities

GPSA is worked with the UGA Division of Student Affairs and the All-Campus Allocations Committee to improve GPSA's funding as a way of stimulating graduate and professional student involvement and engagement at UGA. The approved budget for FY2018 increases discretionary funding by approximately 1100%. This will enable enhanced programming for students, and fuel growth in its critical outreach initiatives. 


NAGPS Membership 

GPSA has joined a coalition of the nation's top graduate student bodies as an affiliate of the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students, lending a heightened sense of purpose and cooperation in meeting the challenges of graduate education at UGA and beyond. Michael Snell, GPSA's Immediate Past President, serves as Vice Chair of the Southeast Region of the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students. 


Georgia Science & Engineering Fair

This year, GPSA sponsored a snack break and "STEM Communication Award" at GSEF. Next year, we'll return and we need your help! Be on the lookout for how to get involved. Additionally, we're looking for award sponsors. Interested donors and business sponsors can inquire by emailing or using the contact form under 'About.'

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Changes to the 2017-18 Academic Calendar were discussed in University Council and considered by UGA administration based on feedback from faculty/students regarding the fall semester start date. Working together, we addressed this concern by pushing the first day of classes from August 10 to August 14, 2017.