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, or drop by and visit us in Triffo Hall!


News, Opportunities, and Announcements

  1. Campus Food Bank

    Trick or trEAT Food Drive - Oct 28, 2017

    Join the Campus Food Bank for their annual Trick or trEAT food drive. They are looking for door-to-door donation collection volunteers, however there are several roles available.

    Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 12 PM to 6 PM.

    For more information email or to register, please click here.

  2. General Faculties Council (GFC)

    Call for Nominations - DEADLINE - Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 12 PM (noon)

    The GSA Nominating Committee invites nominations from graduate students to fill four (4) at-large positions for service on the General Faculties Council (GFC), the University’s highest level of academic governance. The term of office for these positions ends April 30, 2018.

    Graduate students at-large on GFC must be available to attend GFC meetings.

    Click here for more information and how to apply.

    Questions about GFC can be directed to

  3. Interested in Getting Involved with the GSA?

    Attend the Get-To-Know Dinner! October 25, 2017

    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.

    Join us for our Get-to-Know Dinner, meet current and past Directly-Elected Officers, and learn more about their roles and responsibilities.

      - Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 5:00 PM in Triffo Hall

    Kindly RSVP to by Monday, October 23, 2017 at 12 PM.

  4. GSA Coffee Breaks

    Next Coffee Break - Friday, October 27, 2017

    The next GSA Coffee Break is Friday, October 27 from 1 PM to 2:30 PM at Triffo Hall. Get out of your office or lab and have coffee with other graduate students.

       -Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided.

       -A limited supply of free GSA coffee mugs will be available.

    Help us promote sustainability and bring your own mug for coffee and tea. We will not provide paper cups since our office is environmentally friendly.

    Watch the GSA newsletter and website for updated information or for the full schedule, click here.

  5. Reboot Your Writing at the GSA

    Every Tuesday and Thursday

    Are you a graduate student experiencing writer’s block or other difficulty? Whether you are working on your proposal, abstract, outline, chapter, or anything in between, writing instructors from the Student Success Centre
    can help!

    The GSA is sponsoring mini 20-minute writing sessions with two different graduate writing instructors from the Student Success Centre. This resource is open to students in any discipline.

       Tuesdays from 10 AM to 11:30 AM
       Thursdays from 2:30 PM to 4 PM

    Come with a question and leave with renewed energy and direction to move you along in the writing process.

    Spots will open each Friday for the following week. Sign up today!

    The sessions will be in Triffo Hall across from the GSA front desk.

  6. Managing Up Workshop Series

    Managing Up Workshop Series

    Bring your lunch and learn to manage up! Attend this upcoming professional development workshop series held Thursdays at lunchtime, brought to you by Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) and the Graduate Students' Association (GSA).

    These workshops may be used towards the Professional Development (PD) Requirement. All professional development sessions or activities must be approved by your department.

    For more information, please click here.

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Upcoming GSA Events, Meetings,
and Elections

  1. October GSA Council Meeting

    October 23, 2017 Starting Time: 6:00 PM Location: 2-100 University Hall, Van Vliet Complex

  2. GSA Coffee Break

    Get out of your office or lab and have coffee with other graduate students. Coffee, tea, and snacks are provided.

  3. November GSA Council Meeting

    November 20, 2017 Starting Time: 6:00 PM Location: 2-100 University Hall, Van Vliet Complex

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