USciences Graduate Student Organization Offered Events for Graduate Students in the 2017-18 Academic Year
Written by Cassandra Jefferson, Advisor for GSO
Published on May 10, 2018
USciences' Graduate Student Organization (GSO) had a busy academic year this 2017-2018 building an array of events to welcome new graduate students and create a sense of community among the graduate student body.
The year has been lined with events promoting both social and professional development. At the start of the year, the GSO executive board hosted its annual Welcome Picnic on September 9 2017. Students and their families were invited to enjoy volleyball, card games, and networking across all graduate programs.
Families were invited back to campus for a break from their studies to enjoy a Halloween party. For some international students it was their first time celebrating the holiday. After dinner, the both kids and adults showed off their costumes and, of course, the best costume won a prize.
In addition to social events, GSO hosts and co-sponsors regular workshops throughout the year on topics for professional development, student resources, and research support. Workshops included the Grants Workshop and Seminar Series, each encouraging students to be proactive about their research and affording them the opportunity to exercise their skills in a space filled with their peers.
The GSO Executive Board were especially strong advocates this year. They lead a successful writing campaign with students, faculty, and staff on campus to express the community’s concerns to federal and state government officials about the proposed elimination of a tax law would have impacted graduate student pay.
This spring, GSO worked to create and co-sponsor the first annual Career Pathways: Explore the Unconventional to help graduate students examine non-traditional career alternatives. GSO is hoping to continue this momentum into the next year getting more students involved with upcoming elections.