The GPSA works, on many fronts, to make the graduate student experience at UM as positive, fun, and valuable as possible. With over two thousand graduate and professional students at UM, we represent the largest special student group on campus.
The University of Montana Graduate and Professional Student Association believes that graduate students deserve a strong voice among campus leadership and student organizations. The GPSA acts as that collective voice in support of graduate student needs and concerns by advocating for social unity, academic opportunities, and fair resource allocation. The GPSA supports a culture of equality, diversity, creativity, sustainability, and engagement.
The GPSA seeks to advocate and provide responsible representation for graduate and professional students. In preparation for successful careers in diverging fields, the GPSA calls for campus leadership to continually review and support graduate education at the University of Montana campus and all affiliate graduate programming. The GPSA organizes and generates support for graduate student life with respect to these issues, so that students may be empowered and provided necessary opportunity for a fruitful and rewarding graduate experience.
Representation: The GPSA Executive and Senate bodies will represent the opinions and needs of graduate students in campus governance and will operate with full transparency. To do so, we will maintain a balanced graduate student senate with representatives from diverse programs and departments. This facilitates broad input from all graduate and professional students and allows communication to the graduate student body to occur quickly and effectively.
Opportunity: We will promote professional development opportunities for graduate and professional students in diverse programs and with varied career goals. This will include facilitating the distribution of travel grants and encouraging the implementation of professional and teaching workshops targeted at meeting the distinct needs of students from all programs and departments. We will work to increase collaboration between student groups, individual departments and programs, and university administration to provide these opportunities.
Our successes include:
- Changing the 6-credit insurance rule for grad students
- Developing a best practices policy for graduate advisors
- Instituting a committee within ASUM focused on graduate student concerns
- Expanding the Graduate Research Conference
- Creating a Research and Creative Scholarship Fund for student research and travel