What is the Graduate Student Senate?
The Graduate Student Senate (GSS) is the branch of the Student Government Association (SGA) that serves as the official voice for graduate and professional students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
How is the GSS comprised?
GSS representatives are graduate and professional students who are selected annually by their respective departments, either through an election or appointment. UTK students elect the GSS President and Vice-President each spring during the SGA elections.
What are the responsibilities of GSS?
The fundamental responsibility of the GSS is to enhance the graduate student experience at UTK by maintaining open lines of dialogue between students and university administrators. GSS representatives serve on several campus committees and develop special councils as necessary to tackle issues pertinent to its constituents. The GSS sponsors an annual “Fun Run” to raise funds for the UTK libraries, hosts socials to increase interdisciplinary communication, and administers awards for graduate and professional student to present their research at conferences.
- Increasing the visibility of the GSS, participation on campus, and access to the university’s administrators.
- Proposing new policies regarding state residency and partner benefits.
- Improving the travel awards process and implementation.
- Improving the annual Graduate Student Orientation and Fun Run.