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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. Share the Cheer

    Share the Cheer - Host Volunteers Required - DEADLINE - November 24, 2017

    Share the Cheer provides UAlberta faculty, staff, alumni and graduate students the opportunity to host University of Alberta’s international students for a holiday dinner during the winter break (Dec. 23, 2017 – Jan. 2, 2018).
    Share and exchange your culture and customs with international students, as well as build global friendships with these students when their family and friends are far away.

    Hosting is only open to University faculty, staff, alumni, and graduate students.

    Each host is required to invite a minimum of 2 international students between Dec. 23, 2017, and Jan. 2, 2018.
    Application deadline for hosts: November 24, 2017

    Apply now to share the holiday spirit with international students.

  2. Park and Ride Changes

    Park & Ride Changes at Century Park Begin November 20, 2017

    On, Monday, November 20th, there will be 199 fewer Park & Ride stalls at Century Park. Of the 199 stalls, there will be 50 fewer free stalls and 149 fewer reserved stalls available. The City is returning parking spaces to the private landowner, as requested, to accommodate development plans.

    The City of Edmonton uses leased land at Century Park to operate the Park & Ride lot with the help of Impark. According to lease agreements, the City is required to move and/or return parking spaces to accommodate development plans by the private landowner, Century Park Development Ltd. More changes are expected in 2018 for landowner development.

    For inquiries about these areas or future development plans, please contact the landowner directly at 780-414-8888.

    For more information, visit takeETS.com/news.

  3. Training Consultation Center

    Training Consulting Center (TCC) Offers Free Statistical Consulting Service

    TCC is a team of faculty, staff and grad students in the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences. They provide free statistical consulting services to U of A research communities, including graduate students, faculty and staff.

    Currently, they provide both appointment based and drop in sessions, although it's highly suggested to make an appointment ahead of your visit.

    For more information, please visit the TTC website.

  4. Health and Dental Claim Deadline

    Don’t Forget to Submit Your Health & Dental Claims from Last Year! - DEADLINE - November 29, 2017

    Important notice for students who were enrolled in their GSA Health and/or Dental Plan in 2016-2017: All health and/or dental claims incurred on or before August 31, 2017 (for the 2016-2017 policy year) must be received by the insurance company (Desjardins) by November 29, 2017.

    If you are mailing claims directly to the insurer yourself, please leave adequate time for delivery. The address for Desjardins is recorded at the top of all claim forms.

    Claims received after the deadline will not be reimbursed.

    Visit studentcare.ca for claim forms. For more information, you can call the Member Services Centre at 1-866-795-4430.

  5. GSA Statement Regarding the University Financial Sustainability and Preliminary Budget Planning for 2018-2019

    October 26, 2017

    On Tuesday, October 24, the University of Alberta Provost and Vice-President (Academic), Steven Dew, and the Vice-President (Finance and Administration), Gitta Kulczycki, released a statement with respect to the University’s budget planning. This statement summarized the University’s current financial challenges and noted administration’s intention to reduce its operating budget significantly over the next three years. You can read the statement here.

    The University of Alberta Graduate Students' Association (GSA) recognizes that the University is faced with a difficult economic environment and we are committed to ensuring that these budget cuts affect neither the institution’s high quality of education, nor the graduate student experience. The GSA values its productive working relationship with University administration and, in collaboration with the Students’ Union, we will closely monitor developments related to this issue and continue conversations with the University to ensure that student services and program quality are maintained. As outlined in the GSA Board’s 2017-2018 Strategic Work Plan, we will also continue advocating against across-the-board tuition increases beyond the Alberta CPI for all graduate students.

    The GSA encourages graduate students to attend a campus forum organized by the University to further discuss the budget planning process in light of this announcement. You can register here to attend the forum.

  6. Interested in Getting Involved with the GSA?

    Participate in the Early Call for Talent and Training!

    The GSA Early Call for Talent and Training is a program that runs annually to provide graduate students like you with an introduction to student governance and to inform and assist graduate students who are interested in running for Directly-Elected Officer positions.

    Information sessions are offered on a variety of topics throughout November. See the full schedule here.


    Kindly RSVP to gsa.nomcomm@ualberta.ca.

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Upcoming GSA Events, Meetings,
and Elections




  1. GSA Coffee Break (1 PM - 2:30 PM)

    Get out of your office or lab and have coffee with other graduate students. Coffee, tea, and snacks are provided. This coffee break is presented in partnership with Unitea, a Community Social Work Team initiative.

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