Welcome to the GSSA Homepage
The Graduate Studies Student Association (GSSA) is a student-government for all graduate students, Masters and Ph. D., at Tulane University.
Please be sure to check our Announcements for the latest news affecting graduate student life at Tulane University.
We have a Facebook where members are encouraged to post and learn about activities relevant to graduate students. Tulane University also uses Orgsync where you can find out about (and register for) GSSA departmental activities and learn about other organizations on Tulane's campus.
What Does GSSA Do?
GSSA is funded by a portion of graduate student activity fees, and acts to provide social, academic, and career enriching opportunities on and off campus for the graduate student population. GSSA also acts as a conduit to the University administration for issues affecting our constituent graduate students, including health-care, facilities, etc.
How Can I Get Involved?
All current department representatives can be found under Representatives. If your department is not currently represented and you are interested in becoming a representative, please contact one of the GSSA Officers. If your department is already represented, please contact one of your current representatives to see how you can get more involved.
How is GSSA Organized?
GSSA is composed of representatives from each department and/or graduate program within the Schools of Liberal Arts and Science and Engineering. Representation is based on the number of graduate students as follows: 1 representative for 1-29 students, 2 for 30-44 students, and 3 representatives for 45 or more students. To remain in good standing, a department must maintain a presence at the regular business meetings. Three consecutive meetings with no representation will place a department in bad standing with the organization.
A list of all departments/programs associated with GSSA, active and inactive, can be found under Documents.
How is GSSA Funded?
All current Tulane students pay some level of "Student Activity Fees", that are for the purpose of social and professional activities across campuses. All of the student activity fees are then distributed to the Student Government Organizations and from there to any professional and/or departmental organizations.
The Associated Student Body (ASB) represents all graduate and undergraduate students, and takes 1% of all student activity fees as its annual budget. Under ASB are both the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) and the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA). USG receives 10% of the student fees of all graduate and professional students, to provide for events open to all students, and GASPA receives 9% of the student activity fees, to provide events and programming specific to graduate and professional students.
The remaining 80% of activity fees from all SSE and SLA graduate students are returned to GSSA as a yearly budget. A portion of these funds are used both for communal events for all graduate students, as well as travel funding for conferences. The remaining funds are available for any individual department or organization within GSSA for either departmental events or to host external speakers.