Welcome to the Graduate Students' Association of the University of Alberta!

The Graduate Students' Association (GSA) is established under Alberta's Post-Secondary Learning Act as the representative body for graduate students at the University of Alberta.

The GSA is a student-led, not-for-profit corporation, with a mission to advocate for support for graduate students, negotiate a Collective Agreement for graduate students holding assistantships, foster student engagement, and to support the academic achievements of its members.

All graduate students at the U of A are automatically members of the GSA, with the right to vote in elections (and run for office!), and serve on committees. Check out the links to the left to learn more about the GSA, the Directly-Elected Officers who represent graduate students, and all the ways to get involved.

If you have any questions, email gsa.frontdesk@ualberta.ca, or drop by and visit us in Triffo Hall!


News, Opportunities, and Announcements

  1. GSA Unwind Your Mind Coffee Breaks for Grad Students!

    Free Travel Mugs to the First 20 Attendees

    • The GSA is working with several grad student groups throughout the fall term to host coffee breaks in different locations across campus; take a break from your studies and enjoy a coffee or tea and healthy snacks with your fellow grad students.
      • Free GSA travel mugs to the first 20 attendees
      • To maintain our Green Spaces Certification we will not provide paper cups; help us promote sustainability and bring your own mug for coffee and tea 
    • Stay tuned to the GSA newsletter and website for updated information or for the full schedule click here.


  2. Town Hall Discussions about the GSA Health and Dental Plan

    The GSA Board is undertaking a comprehensive review of the GSA Health and Dental Plan and evaluating various potential options to best meet the needs of graduate students. We want to hear from you about this important service!

    Each Town Hall will begin with a Health and Dental 101 session to provide background on the Plan, followed by an overview of proposed changes, and an opportunity for open discussion. Light refreshments (granola bars/cookies, juice, coffee, and tea) will be served!

    Please click here.

    Sessions will be held:

    • Tuesday, September 13, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM in 1-16 Triffo Hall
    • Friday, September 30, 2016 from 1 PM to 3 PM in 1-16 Triffo Hall

    Please RSVP for this event by clicking here

    Want to provide feedback but can’t attend a session? President Sarah Ficko would still like to hear from you; please email her directly at gsa.president@ualberta.ca.

    RSVPs will help us determine how much food to supply but you’re welcome to join us even if you haven’t RSVP'd

  3. 2016 Government of Alberta Graduate Citizenship Award - Applications Now Open!

    The GSA is now accepting applications for the 2016 Government of Alberta Graduate Citizenship Award. The deadline to submit your complete application package to the GSA is Friday, October 14, 2016, at 4:00 PM MST.

    Click here for more information!

  4. Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) Council - Opportunity to Serve

    Opportunity to Serve: Twenty (20) and Five (5) Alternates of FGSR Council. Deadline to apply is Friday, August 26, 2016, at 12:00 pm (noon).

    Click here for more information.

  5. Special Bulletin

    Sent on behalf of Sarah Ficko, GSA President and Former VP Labour, and Sasha van der Klein, GSA VP Labour

    This communication is to inform you of the completion of the current round of collective bargaining on behalf of University of Alberta graduate students, between the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) and the University’s Board of Governors (BoG). Both the GSA Council and the Board of Governors recently ratified the Graduate Student Assistantship Collective Agreement, as negotiated by the respective negotiating teams.

    The Collective Agreement is a legally binding contract between GSA and the BoG, offering protection for Graduate Assistants and regulating the terms and conditions of their employment.

    For more information,please click here.

  6. Spring Term and Summer Term Tuition Deductions

    We apologize for the confusion and lack of communication surrounding the change in Spring Term and Summer Term tuition deductions for students who have assistantships in those terms. Last summer the GSA received complaints that tuition deductions were being made before the tuition deadline (eg, tuition deductions were being made prior to the Summer Term fees payment deadline in the Academic Schedule). This was being done because Spring and Summer Terms were being treated as one term for tuition deduction purposes. In order to fix this, the GSA asked Human Resources to change the process and treat Spring Term and Summer Term separately, since they are separate terms and both require separate registrations and have separate tuition and fees payment deadlines. One of the unanticipated consequences was that the tuition deduction timing changed because of the compressed timeline of Spring (2 months) and Summer (2 months). You should have been notified of this change before it was implemented.

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Upcoming GSA Events, Meetings,
and Elections

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