January 27, 2017

Since we’ve been gone…

Hello fellow graduate and professional students! Our apologies, we’ve been missing in action due to some technical difficulties, but we’re back!!

There are some IMPORTANT applications and surveys waiting for your input, so we thought it necessary to put out a special weekend edition of the newsletter. Enjoy!

– YOUR Graduate Professional Council


Newsletter Digest

Call for Abstracts–22nd Annual Graduate Research Symposium

All graduate and professional students are invited to submit 250-word abstracts written for a broad academic audience by Tuesday, FEBRUARY 7th (NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE) for the Graduate Research Symposium hosted on February 21st.


The Graduate School Call for Nominations: Outstanding Faculty & Staff Awards

Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards honor those whose dedication has made significant contributions to the quality of life and professional development of PhD students. Nomination letters should not exceed 400 words.

Outstanding Staff Awards honor those that improve the quality of life of students by fostering a supportive and positive environment, or act as an exceptional advocate or demonstrate a sincere and active interest in student well-being. Nomination letters should not exceed 200 words.

Nominations welcomed from current graduate students & alumni. Please submit nominations by February 15, 2017 at 12:00 am.

To submit a nomination, or find out more: http://tinyurl.com/OFSA2017


Graduate Student Representative to the Board of Trustees Application

This is to solicit applications for the position of two non-voting graduate student representatives to the Washington University Board of Trustees. All interested qualified graduate and professional students are encouraged to apply.


A graduate student representative to the Board of Trustees must be a full-time graduate or professional student in residence (May 2017 through May 2018), in good academic standing, and able to make the necessary time commitment. In addition, it is important that the graduate student representatives have knowledge of graduate study at Washington University, be articulate, be able to present a variety of opinions, have sound judgment, maintain confidentiality, and hold the respect of peers, faculty, and others who know them. The graduate student representatives should be willing to maintain close communication with the several graduate and professional student constituencies within the Washington University community, such as the university-wide Professional and Graduate Student Coordinating Committee (ProGradS) and the Graduate Professional Council (GPC).

The Professional and Graduate Student Coordinating Committee, chaired by William F. Tate, Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education, forms the selection committee and will interview graduate student semi-finalists. The committee will then select finalists to be interviewed by a member of the Board of Trustees, who will determine which two graduate students will serve in this important role in 2017-2018. For more information please check the announcement website.


GPC Cultural & Diversity Connections Grant

GPC is continuing the GPC Cultural & Diversity Connections Grant this spring semester. We are simply offering our support (400 dollars or less) for events which connect students, share cultural experiences, and encourage collaboration among the various communities at WashU. The link below includes more information and the form that you may choose to fill out if you would like to apply for support in funding or advertising for your event! We look forward to working with you on any events for which you would like support and collaboration!

Information & Application


Graduate Students with Children Survey

This survey is collecting data on the number of graduate students that attend Washington University who have children and if their needs are being met by the university and/or the areas for improvement. Please take this time to complete this survey. All responses will be anonymous, although the collected data will be shared with university administrators. The survey is available here: http://sswwustl.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9QQDRUNyEyDhp1H

If you have any comments, questions, or concerns regarding the survey, do not hesitate to contact Alana Flowers: aflowers22@wustl.edu.


GSS Student Health Survey

Dear colleagues,
Please follow the link below to complete the GSS Student Health Survey. The survey is completely anonymous and distributed in an attempt to gather feedback from WashU Graduate Students on their satisfaction with our university’s Student Health Services (SHS).


The results of this survey are going to be discussed with SHS and University administrators in an open-floor discussion at the Student Health Forum, taking place on the 15th of February, 4-5:30PM Liberman Center’s Freidman Conference Room. The Health Forum is open for all, and you are more than welcome to come along and address your concerns in terms of Student Health Services.
The GSS Health Committee




Upcoming GPC Events:


Graduates & Professionals on Ice

February 6, 2017, 6:00 pm, Steinberg Rink, Forest ParkJoin your fellow Graduate and Professionals on Ice!! $5 exclusive from GPC, includes skate rental (usually $6) and rink entry (usually $7).


“Hockey in St. Louis” with Cathy Dunkin

February 16, 2017, 6:00 pm , Bauer Hall Active Learning Lab (right at the entrance to the building), Danforth Campus

We will explain basic Hockey rules, player positions/roles, hockey history in St Louis.Free to attend, snacks included. Raffle off 5 seats to ride the Zamboni at the Blues game ($600 value).



GPC Night Out at the StL Blues

February 28, 2017, 7:00 pm, Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103

Join us for our annual outing to see the the St. Louis Blues with your fellow graduate and professional students. See the Blues take on the Edmonton Oilers. Go Blues!!!

Be on the look out for events leading up the Blues game too:

A Hockey 101 event early in the month & Pre-Game Mixer  on the day of the game.