Dec 07, 2022  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog

Student Governance


Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA)

GPSA Research and Travel Sponsorships

Graduate & Professional Student Research Forum

Other GPSA Funding Opportunities and Resources

The GPSA Council

Student Organizations

 

Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA)

The Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA)

was formed in 1980 to provide additional opportunities for graduate students to interact, both socially and academically, and to provide a forum for dealing with problems specific to graduate student life. The GPSA’s primary goals are to improve the quality of graduate education and the graduate student experience and to offer graduate student grants for research and other scholarly projects. 

The GPSA serves all currently enrolled UNLV graduate and professional students. It promotes and represents the interests of graduate and professional students at UNLV while striving to engender a sense of community among students by furnishing financial support and fellowship. As membership in the GPSA is automatic, all graduate and professional students are encouraged to utilize the GPSA as a resource.

Each department on campus has a graduate student GPSA representative who attends GPSA meetings, participates on GPSA committees, and communicates all pertinent information concerning the GPSA to their constituents. The GPSA has graduate student representation on all standing Council committees of the Graduate College and participates in at least one community service project each semester.

The GPSA office provides a study area, a copy service, and a computer lab, all in the Lied Library. The office is open year-round, all day, and some evenings. Meetings are held on the first Monday of every month in the Student Union, and all graduate students are encouraged to attend and participate. For more information visit the GPSA website, or contact the GPSA office in the Graduate Student Commons in Lied Library, Room 2141, or call (702) 895-2261.

 

GPSA Research and Travel Sponsorships

One of the most important services the GPSA offers for UNLV graduate and professional students is the allocation of funds for graduate and professional research, conference/event travel, and other scholarly activities. This service is intended to provide support for projects that directly affect a student’s degree program as well as make a contribution to the scholar’s field. Applicants may apply for research and/or travel sponsorship awards

 

Graduate & Professional Student Research Forum

The UNLV Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA) and the Graduate College typically host the Graduate & Professional Student Research Forum each spring, which showcases excellence in research conducted at the graduate and professional level from students representing all colleges across campus. A stipulation in receiving a GPSA sponsorship is that all recipients must present in the Annual Research Forum event.

 

Other GPSA Funding Opportunities and Resources

The GPSA offers a variety of financial and academic resources including:

  • Cap and Gown Lending Program: The Cap and Gown Lending program supports students interested in participating in graduation activities.

  • The Continuation Support Grant: GPSA provides financial assistance, up to $500, to graduate and professional students experiencing a financial or life crisis. The spirit of this grant is to enable the student to continue their degree program and remain on track for graduation. These funds are deemed for emergency use only, and need must be demonstrated in the application. Students may apply for a CSG from the GPSA twice in their graduate career at UNLV. The application will close once funds are exhausted.

 

The GPSA Council

The Graduate & Professional Student Association is governed by the GPSA Council.

The GPSA Council consists of graduate and professional student representatives from each academic department and the elected executive board and supported by the GPSA business manager and two faculty advisors, with one being the Graduate College dean. The council is governed per the GPSA Constitution and GPSA Bylaws. 

Prior to the beginning of each fall semester, each department with graduate and professional programs appoints or elects one representative to the GPSA. Department chairpersons, and/or other faculty shall be responsible for their representative’s selection process. As the GPSA represents the interests of graduate and professional students, and to promote graduate student governance, it is critically important that every graduate department/school have a representative on the GPSA Council.

 

Student Organizations

UNLV has more than 400 Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) that encompass a variety of different interests, activities, and beliefs. RSOs range from social action organizations to socially based organizations, and from religious-based clubs to sports clubs. Whatever your interest, UNLV has the organization to match. Students can even form a new organization. Joining an organization offers students opportunities to meet new people, make memories, build resumes, and potentially leave a legacy at UNLV. 

  • The UNLV Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) is dedicated to enhancing the graduate experience at UNLV. BGSA is a recognized student organization whose mission is to support graduate and professional students of African descent at UNLV by offering a safe space for dialogue, networking, and provide opportunities to develop both professionally and academically.

  • The Latinx Graduate Student Association (LGSA)’s mission is to provide the Latinx/a/o and Afrolatinx/a/o graduate students with a comunidad. LGSA aims to provide a support system to Latinx/a/o and Afrolatinx/a/o graduate students by providing mentorship and connections, and assisting with the needs of our community. LGSA strives to make available resources for personal, professional, and academic success to the Latinx/a/o and Afrolatinx/a/o graduate student body at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

  • The African Student Alliance’s mission is to unite African students, non-African students, and members of the African Diaspora in Las Vegas together in celebration and appreciation of African and African Diaspora cultures, traditions, and history.

For graduate students who are interested in starting a graduate registered student organization (GRSO), information is available on the Graduate College website.

 

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