GPSO is hosting a Fall Family Fest 10/30, 6-8pm

GPSO is hosting a family and pet-friendly Fall Fest! Bring the kids!

We’ll have plenty of activities and fun stuff for the kids – pumpkin carving, coloring, fall themed games, caramel apples, & pumpkin ice cream!

To warm you up, inside Kirkwood Hall we will have more games, hot apple cider, hot chocolate, and a showing of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”.

Come one, come all! Graduate students, faculty, staff and your families, friends and significant others are welcome. Join us and invite friends to what is sure to be a grand fall festival!


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Diversity Game Night – 9/30 6-7:30 at The Tap


Join us at The Tap this Tuesday to increase your cultural competency and mutual understanding about issues related to diversity in a fun and interactive manner.

We will play a variety of games that promote cultural competency while having a drink and eating some appetizers! The winners of one of the team games (teams of 3) will win gift cards to Starbucks!


See you there! More details available here.

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Fall 2014 Conference Grants Application OPEN!

GPSO Conference Funding is awarded once per semester with funds distributed near the end of the term.  These funds are sent directly to IUB accounts and may be used for funding in advance of your event or to reimburse events during the award semester. We encourage all IUB academic departments to consider applying for this award when planning their next graduate-student oriented academic conference.

The GPSO expects that these funds be used in an appropriate manner and help to offset the incurred costs of academic conferences (i.e. printing, publicity, honorariums). To that end, we trust that recipients will avoid using their granted funds for non-academic, extraneous costs such as hospitality charges including alcohol and catering.

Please note that Conference Grants support hosting conferences at IU-B.  To attend a conference, you should apply for a Travel Award.

DEADLINE: 11:59pm, Monday, November 7th, 2014

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GPSO Fall Travel Awards Workshop TONIGHT!

Want more information about Fall Travel Awards?

Make sure you come out to our Travel Awards Workshop TONIGHT in the Social Science Research Commons (Woodburn 200) from 5-7pm!

Please email our Awards Officer if you have any questions.

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Call for Applications: GPSO Diversity Council

We are seeking five students for the 2014-2015 Diversity Council.

The Diversity Council will propose legislation to improve the inclusivity of graduate student life, and support traditionally underrepresented students and organizations.  The Diversity Council will plan and co-sponsor events that celebrate the diverse experiences of students at IU.  A position on the Diversity Council will require attendance of the monthly GPSO assembly meetings, a monthly Diversity Council meeting, and the organization of a few events during the 2014-2015 academic year.  Members of the Diversity Council will gain experience proposing and passing legislation through a student government, working as part of a team to address issues faced by students at IU, and planning and developing initiatives addressing the needs of diverse student communities.

Interested graduate students should direct questions to the GPSO Liaison, Julianna Gjonaj, at To apply for a Diversity Council position, please submit a Curriculum Vita or Resume and a cover letter stating 1) the program and degree you are in, 2) your interest in the position, and 3) what contributions you wish to make to the Diversity Council.  Please submit materials to  Materials will be accepted until September 22,2014 or until all of the positions are filled.  Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials early.

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Fall Travel Awards

GPSO has posted our Fall Travel Awards application.

The GPSO Travel Award is offered through a competitive process for graduate and professional students at Indiana University Bloomington. A flat award of $500 is given to help support travel expenses to conferences at which the student’s work will be presented (i.e. speeches, posters or interactive design), or to help support travel to workshops, special trainings, competitions and auditions that will benefit the student professionally. Funds may be used for registration fees, presentation materials, transportation, and lodging/food associated with the conference, workshop, training, competition or audition.

For more information, visit our travel awards page.

The deadline for fall travel awards is October 12th, 2014 at 11:59pm.

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April Resolution: Inclusive Student Body

In their April Assembly meeting, the elected student representatives of the Indiana University – Bloomington Graduate and Professional Student Organization (GPSO) passed a resolution urging Indiana University to strengthen student inclusion efforts and develop new, proactive strategies for creating a campus that values inclusion and diversity.

GPSO suggests such methods as more actively building awareness for mechanisms already in place for anonymous reporting, releasing biannual bias incident summaries, more closely monitoring diversity initiatives related both to these offenses and negative patterns of campus behavior, and developing mandatory diversity inclusion training for all IU students, faculty and staff.  This would involve working closely with the IU organizations of Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (DEMA) and the Office of Diversity Education.

For more information, a full copy of the resolution is available on the GPSO Resolutions homepage.

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SAA Opening: GPSO Communications and Community Development Coordinators


The Graduate and Professional Student Organization serves over 9,500 graduate and professional students at IU Bloomington through providing academic support, advocacy, community-building and resources. The GPSO seeks applicants for the positions of Communications and Community Development Coordinators for the 2014-2015 academic year.


Read the position descriptions and application processes below:

2014-15 Communications Coordinator

2014-15 Community Development Coordinator


Any questions should be directed to

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GPSO Travel Award Winners

After review of over 140 highly competitive applications for the spring GPSO Travel Awards, we are excited to offer funding for the following graduate and professional students.  Congratulations!

  • Arian Ashourvan, Neuroscience/Optometry
  • Alexis Barton, Psychological and Brain Sciences/Statistics
  • Wesley Beaulieu, Biology/Statistics
  • Owen Boberg, Astronomy
  • Meghan Buchanan, Anthropology
  • Rebecca Caldwell, Geological Sciences
  • Danielle Daidone, Second Language Studies/Spanish and Portuguese
  • Julie Eyink, Psychological and Brain Sciences
  • David Massey, Geography
  • William McConnell, Sociology/Statistics
  • Margaret Messerschmidt, Environmental Science/Public Affairs
  • Lisa Miller, Sociology
  • Jaehan Park, Literacy, Culture, and Language Education
  • Dana Prewitt, Sociology
  • Tai Rogers, Ceramics
  • Kelly Roudabush, Early Music Institute
  • Landon Schnabel, Sociology
  • Oliver Shao, Ethnomusicology/Anthropology
  • Krista Wilhelmson, Music Performance (Voice)


Stay tuned to our Travel Awards page for the fall application and timeline!

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IU Strategic Plan Feedback

GPSO has met with you and compiled your thoughts on Provost Robel’s Strategic Plan, including thoughts on pedagogical training, faculty management, degree completion, online education, experiential learning, health and wellness, cross-campus collaboration, and sustainability.

Check out the summary here: Draft Strategic Plan Feedback.

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