The UC Davis Graduate Student Association (GSA) represents the over 5,000 academic graduate students and management students on the UC Davis campus. As the officially recognized student government, we serve to empower students and build graduate student community through activities and advocacy. See the Government page for information on the Executive Council actions, GSA Committees, Campus committees where graduate students have representation, and more. Our monthly General Assembly Meetings include over 125 designated representatives from most graduate groups, programs and some professional schools. Join us the first Wednesday of each month to engage pressing issues and concerns, foster scholarly collaboration and promote graduate student community events (see the Government tab above).
This site is actually a wiki, which means that you can add news and events to our site. You can even create pages for your Departmental GSAs. For more information, see our Help page or read the GSA Wiki Guide.
GSA General Assembly Fall Quarter Meetings
We provide dinner which begins at 5:50pm just outside the room where the GA meeting will be.
For agenda items, please submit a title, description, approximate time requested, and any technical requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org. For the November meeting, please submit by 10/24 5pm. For the December meeting, please submit by 11/28 5pm.
Proposed Tuition Fee Increases
UC Davis GSA opposes tuition fee increases for all UC Students. In regards to GSA action, we have authored written comments to the UC Regents, submitted an opinion piece to the California Aggie, and were part of the tuition increase protest on Tuesday 11/18. We will be continuing supporting action on this issue.
UC Students Association has a petition: http://ucsa.org/action-alerts/sign-our-petition/
Search #iftuitionrises on Facebook for how tuition increases impact students.
We'll update the page as we have more information. Please also consider adding information to 2014 Proposed UC Tuition Increases
Grads Have Debt 2
The average cumulative debt for a Masters student is $57,000, and $75,000 for a Doctoral student. Students pursuing a professional degrees amass an average of $146,000 in student loans, more than four times the average undergraduate student (approx. $29,000). The high cost of these loans makes postgraduate education cost prohibitive and unattainable for many bright and promising students.
What can you do? The GradsHaveDebt2 National Message-Congress Day on November 19th will allow graduate and professional students to express concerns, share personal stories, and urge Congressional action on student loan inequality. The campaign urges Members of Congress to:
Reunify the undergraduate and graduate rates to reverse the current inequalities and
The GSA will be hosting a call center on Wednesday 11/19 from 10am-2pm at the GSA Office in the South Silo. We will provide talking points, contact information for representatives and SNACKS. You can also call from the comfort of your home or office (contact email@example.com for more information). Because we need affordable degrees too!
Dialogue with the Dean: UC Davis Principles of Community and Graduate Education
Thursday 12:00-1:30pm in Hart Hall 3201
The Dialogue with the Dean Series is held once every quarter to give graduate students an opportunity to interact with the Dean of Graduate studies. This Fall, the goals of this informal dialogue are to:
Contact GSADC Angel Hinzo (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
International Education Week
Find your international experience during International Education Week from November 17 – 21, 2014!
Come join us at the International Fair on Tuesday, November 18th from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM at the Student Community Center Multipurpose Room to discover an exciting variety of international experiences available on and off-campus! Don’t miss out on the free food, T-shirts, and other amazing prizes at any of the 50+ free events happening this week! For more information about the fun and excitement of International Education Week, as well as the times and locations of the events, please visit email@example.com!
Coffee Bagel Donut Day (CBDD)
The largest graduate student social gathering is back! Location: GSA Office in the South Silo Time: 9am-11am.
Open Campus Committees
The GSA is looking to fill several open positions for graduate students on campus committees. Campus committees help with policy, recommendations, and other functions that can change how UC Davis operates. Participating and advocating for graduate students through these committees are one of the fundamental ways to help advance graduate student concerns and issues at UC Davis. Your service on these committees can go on your CV!
TBD - 11/12/14 - Updating list and will post shortly - GSA Interim Vice Chair
If you would like to participate on any of the above committees, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, degree program, grad group, and why you are interested in serving on a committee.
Research Funding Opportunities Database
RefWorks-COS a division of ProQuest has put together a database of research funding opportunities, both private and public, for all disciplines. UC Davis library account holders can access the database at http://fundingopps.cos.com/. Happy hunting.
Details of this year's UCSHIP Health Insurance Plan
Find more info on this page: http://shcs.ucdavis.edu/insurance/ship/
The Pantry Supports Students in Need
The mission of The Pantry is to aid UC Davis students in their pursuit of a higher education by ensuring that no student ever has to miss a meal or go without basic necessities due to financial reasons. Their goals are to provide non-perishable, high protein food for UC Davis students struggling to pay for meals and to provide UC Davis students with basic necessities such as toiletries, soap, toothbrushes, etc. in order to live a dignified life while working to obtain a UC Davis degree. It is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.
Having a problem with a professor, adviser, fellow student, or staff member? The GSA may be able to help.
The GSA provides Grievance Assistance to graduate students on campus. The GSA's Vice Chair is happy to help grads navigate the thorny interpersonal issues that sometimes arise during graduate study as well as the seemingly daunting university bureaucracy. Email email@example.com if you are interested in learning more.
11/18/14: We are looking for a Vice Chair - please see Vice Chair for a description of duties. If you are interested in the position, elections are in the December GSA meeting.
Grad students of the world, unite!