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The Graduate Student Senate is the official voice of graduate and professional students across a wide range of disciplines at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. We serve over 6000 students that have chosen to continue their education for the purpose of extending the boundaries of human knowledge and improving the lives of people in the state of Tennessee, the nation, and the world. This body consists of student representatives from each academic department of the University that offers graduate or advanced professional degrees or graduate certificates. 

The senator’s duties are to voice concerns and propose ideas to improve the graduate student experience. Our role in GSS is to advocate for all graduate/professional students and convey their views/priorities to the UT administration.

Serving in the Graduate Student Senate is both an amazing opportunity and a serious responsibility. We are obligated to represent our fellow constituents. It is our duty to serve as a liaison between the UT administration and the graduate student body. We hope to strategize with our fellow graduate student senators to identify common goals and implement plans to make our shared goals a reality.


GSS Awards

Each year GSS distributes a variety of awards for graduate students, faculty, staff, graduate student organizations and senators. Award recipients are recognized at an event that is typically held during Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week. This year, the GSS Awards Brunch will be held on Monday, April 1, 2024 from 11 AM to 1 PM in the Student Union Ballroom A.

Nominations are open now through February 29, 2024. Please complete a nomination for an award by filling out our form. Visit the GSS Awards page to learn more about this year’s award categories.

Submit a nomination for a GSS Award