Membership

The Graduate Student Senate's function is to serve as a conduit for information between the Graduate College and the general graduate student population. We relate relevant opportunities, policy issues, and other information to graduate student representatives at our monthly meetings. These representatives in turn relay this information to their graduate student colleagues in their departments. Departments that are not represented in the Senate are missing out on crucial information and opportunities.

Each department establishes its own method for appointing senators. A department can appoint one senator per fifty graduate students enrolled in the department/program and alternates as necessary. Each full senator has GSS voting rights and is required to:

  • Attend monthly senate meetings
  • Be active on at least one committee

Alternate senators are encouraged to regularly attend meetings and can gain voting rights if they are taking the place of a full senator. Alternate senators can serve in any elected positions and as committee chairs, too.

You may check the status of your departments' representation by clicking the Senators link on the left and searching the list. You may also view the attendance record of your appointed senators and determine on which committee(s) they currently serve. If your department is not currently represented and you wish to serve as senator, please select "Inquire about Membership" on our contact form.