WELCOME!

The GSAS Student Council (GSC) serves as the official representative body for the students of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) at Harvard University. Through elected representatives and committee members, the GSC:

  • Supports student groups and individuals by funding events, student-led activities, conference travel, and summer research 
  • Advocates for students with the GSAS Deans and administration
  • Recognizes students and faculty for exceptional work

FUNDING

The GSC supports students with funding for a variety of activities

Graduate Student Group Funding The GSC provides funding for recognized GSAS student organizations to host events, plan extracurricular activities, and plan public service programs throughout the year.  

Conference and Research Grants The GSC provides competitive grants for students to attend conferences and conduct summer research.

GSAS Mini-courses During January@GSAS, the GSC sponsors student-led mini-courses by providing funding for students to organize a course on the topic of their choice. 

RECOGNITION

Each year, the GSC selects Commencement Marshals to help organize the procession to Harvard Yard for the morning exercises and lead the graduating class into Tercentenary Theatre. The GSC also recognizes faculty who go out of their way to mentor graduate students through the Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Awards

OPEN MEETING DATES

GSC Open Meetings take place on the first Wednesday of each month @ 6:30 pm in Graduate Student Lounge (GSAS Student Center, 2nd floor)

GSC and the Union at a Glance

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

THE GSC AND THE GSAS STUDENT CENTER: A LONG HISTORY!

The GSAS Student Council warmly embraces the GSAS Student Center as its new home--indeed, it's about time! The GSC was advocating for a GSAS-dedicated student center at least as early as 1988. The full version of the petition excerpted below shows the signature of one of the GSC's then-officers and now GSAS Dean of Student Services, Garth McCavana!

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ACCOMPLISHMENTS

During the 2018-2019 Academic Year, the GSC:

  •  Awarded over $38,000 for student travel grants and summer research
  • Allocated $45,000 to 31 cross-disciplinary student groups and organizations
  • Collaborated with GSAS administration to provide a new benefit for PhD student-parents—subsidized back-up care and free Care.com membership!
  • Investigated issues related to student healthcare, mental health, childcare, and more