Student Organizations

Graduate Research Assistants Diversifying STEM (GRADS)

GRADS is a student-led organization, whose purpose is to ensure the incorporation, support, and matriculation of URM graduate students in STEM by offering activities focused around professional development, recruitment/ retention, and social support of its participants. GRADS sponsors a variety of activities, some of which are co-sponsored by UGA Women in Science (WIS), the Graduate School, and the UGA Career Center. GRADS is a source of both community/ peer support and professional development for URM graduate students in STEM.

Graduate and Professional Scholars (GAPS)

For more than 32 years, GAPS has been a student-lead program dedicated to enhancing retention and professional development of URM graduate students at UGA. GAPS provides a variety of professional development and networking opportunities for graduate students in all disciplines. Among its signature events is the annual Mary Francis Early Lecture, which honors the first African American to earn a graduate degree at UGA.

Graduate Student Association (GSA)

The GSA is a student-led organization whose goals are reflected in its motto “to Build, Support, and Illuminate” a community that’s as vibrant, inclusive, and strong as these students, and as profound as the work they do.” GSA sponsors a variety of activities, including the Integrative Research and Ideas Symposium (IRIS, a juried interdisciplinary symposium in which UGA graduate students present their research/ scholarship), the opportunity to mentor undergraduates, and sponsorship of the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair for K-12 students.

Graduate Students and Postdocs in Science (GSPS)

GSPS is a group dedicated to the professional development of all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the sciences at UGA.  Specifically, we seek to:

Facilitate career development for Graduate Students & Postdoctoral Associates

Showcase interdisciplinary scientific research at UGA

Improve interdepartmental relationships by organizing events to facilitate networking

Serve as a liaison between Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Associates and the Office of the Vice-President of Research (OVPR)

Support the OVPR in recruitment of new graduate students and postdoctoral associates

Provide a mechanism for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Associates to enrich both the University and Athens communities alike

Women in Science (WiSci)

WiSci seeks to build a UGA-wide community of scientists interested in promoting equality in the sciences by offering opportunities for mentoring, networking, career development, and outreach. Men and women are both welcome.

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