Next GSC General Meeting October 6th

Graduate Student Council General Meeting October 6th, 2020The GSC Officer Team would like to invite all graduate students to the upcoming Graduate Student Council general meeting, October 6th, at 6:00 p.m. MDT. This focus of the meeting with be student health care. Our guest speakers will be:

  • Lynne Bunn, CSU Student Insurance Manager
  • Jan Pierce, Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) Coordinator
  • Paul Mayo, our insurance consultant who negotiates student the student health insurance plan (SHIP)

Lynne, Jan, and Paul will be presenting on CSU health resources, insurance coverage, flex dollars, our new access to EAP mental health benefits, Telehealth, and more. Come prepared with questions or send them in ahead of time to our Student Health Committee coordinator, Lindsay Winkenbach (

Find the link for our meeting here or at

Join the GSC Virtual Game Night!

Join the GSC Virtual Game Night

Hello Graduate Students,

you are all invited to join the GSC Virtual Game Night on Thursday, September 17th, 2020. 

This event is a great opportunity to get to know about the Graduate Student Council, ask questions, meet fellow graduate students from CSU, and have fun!

We will be hosting this event via Zoom – see below for access.

At 6pm MST, we will start with introductions to the GSC Committees and opportunitites to get involved. This is a great time to ask questions.

At 7pm MST, we will host several breakout rooms to play games (trivia, pictionary, etc.).

Join a Game Room @ 7:00 p.m.
Jackbox Games: 
No Bad Cards: 


Mark your calendar for September 17th!

The Graduate Student Council Officer Team



September Meeting Minutes


Hello Graduate Students,

we had a great turnout at the first GSC meeting of the Fall 2020 semester, with over 60 attendees and 4 guest speakers from the Graduate School and Office of Equal Opportunity at CSU.

Due to COVID-19, we are currently hosting and recording all meetings virtually via Zoom. Below you can access the meeting minutes and recording. General meeting minutes are available as a download. After clicking on the meeting recording link, the page will redirect to Zoom and ask for a passcode, which is provided below.

September Meeting Minutes & Recording

How to get involved with GSC

Learn more about how to get involved with GSC here

Sign up for a GSC Committee

  • Sign up for the Student Health Care Committee
  • Sign up for the Diversity and Inclusion Committee
  • Sign up to be a member or leader of the International committee
  • Sign up to join the Graduate QT’s – A social, professional, and support group for (LBGTQ+ and Ally) graduate students
  • Sign up to join the budget committee

Join the next GSC Meeting

We invite each of you to attend our next meeting on October 6th at 6pm MST. 

The Graduate Student Council Officer Team

Join us at our first General Meeting of Fall 2020!

Join the GSC first general meeting of Fall 2020!Dear Graduate Students,

We hope everyone has had a great summer and is staying safe! We would like to invite any graduate students interested in the Graduate Student Council to our first meeting on September 1 at 6 p.m. MDT.

We will be discussing graduate priorities for the year as well as ways to be involved in the Graduate Student Council.

Mary Stromberger, Dean of the Graduate School, and Colleen Webb, Associate Dean, will also give a short presentation, and we will have a representative from the Office of Equal Opportunity present to discuss work adjustments for graduate students.

All of our meetings will be virtual for this semester, and we are finalizing a way to still provide food! You can find the virtual invite below, and a flyer is attached.

Zoom Meeting ID:

We will be emailing a finalized agenda and reminder the day before the meeting, so please be on the lookout!

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you all on September 1!

The Graduate Student Council Officer Team


Professional Development Award Announcement

Hello Graduate Students,

The Graduate Student Council is happy to announce the Professional Development Award recipients! We received over 100 qualified and excellent applications for this pilot award program. Due to the clear need for an award of this nature, especially in the current climate, we hope to continue being able to provide this award in the future. Once we know our budget for FY21, we will announce the status of both the Professional Development Award and Travel Award.

Please find below those who were selected for this award. Due to the competition for the $250 award, those who did not win their desired tier and still had very competitive applications were awarded the lower, $100 amount. For those who did not receive an award this time, we are working to continue funding this award and encourage you to apply again. Please visit the GSC Website for upcoming details.

Tier 1 ($100) – ten awardees

  • Danielle Lin Hunter
  • Michael Nguyen-Truong
  • Katie McGrath
  • Caitlin Daimon
  • Annmarie Delfino
  • Taylor Ellis
  • Jens Christoph Suhr
  • Delaney Olinger
  • Adeline Williams
  • Robert Wimbish

Tier 2 ($250) – six awardees

  • Aimee Fox
  • Vishwajeet Bhosale
  • Elizabeth Acutt
  • Mary Hidde
  • Annika Weber
  • Brittney Sly

Thank you again to all those who submitted applications. Please reach out to with further questions.

Stay safe and healthy,
GSC Officer Team

Important Travel Award Update

Apply for an Award for

Professional Development or Supplies

Applications due by Friday, June 12th at 5:00 PM MST

Fill out an application here, or at


June 1, 2020

The Graduate Student Council (GSC) and the Graduate School are announcing the application opening for summer awards. Due to the shutdown, much has changed for us and all students. Though travel to conferences is generally on hold for the foreseeable future, we still want to support graduate students in any way we can. Instead of travel awards, we want to expand the awards to professional development. Broadly, the money from these awards can be applied to registration fees for a virtual conference, covering the licensing fee for software for your home computer, textbooks, a hard drive for backing up your work, gas for approved field work trips, generally any supplies (technology or art) that support your working at home, etc. If you can justify how this money will support your graduate work (and is in compliance with the university) we want to fund it. Please work with your department staff to facilitate purchases (and find out what your department can purchase), as all purchases must go through the university system and approved suppliers. The award is open to all graduate students attending CSU.

For this pilot award period, we are offering $2,500 in awards split into six awards of $250 each and ten awards of $100 each. As this is an unprecedented circumstance, if we receive more money later in the summer we will open the form back up to give more awards.

The application for these awards is similar to the previous travel award, but streamlined. We would like to know about your graduate research or program in general terms, what you would spend the award on, and how that will help support your graduate career.

Applications are due by Friday, June 12th at 5:00 PM MST. Students receiving the award will be notified within 7-10 days and funds will be transferred as quickly as possible to the home department or college of the student.

All students who receive an award must provide an account number so we can transfer funds to their home departments. If the award is applied towards off-campus travel, proof of University approval may need to be submitted. Students must save receipts and provide necessary documentation to their home department for the funds to be provided. It is up to each student to work with their home department to receive the funds once they have been transferred.

Recipients of GSC awards may be contacted by a representative from the Office of University Advancement to gather information on the impact of this pilot award on the recipient’s professional development. This information may be shared with donors for the purpose of donor stewardship.

How to apply:

You can fill out an application here, or at


Please direct any questions to and good luck!


Graduate Student Resources in the Time of COVID-19

On-line Resources to Help Students – These have come out in other Graduate School correspondence, but we wanted to share these with you here again so you have them all in one place. We hope that you will help get the word out to colleagues and graduate students about these helpful resources.

  • Graduate School COVID-19 webpage – updates to Covid-19 exceptions to policies and deadlines for graduate students
  • Graduate School Virtual Office Hours – faculty, students, and program coordinators can get their questions answered by virtual chat on Mondays 2-3 and Thursdays 8-9
  • Virtual Mentor Monday
  • Virtual Professional Development – check here for future, virtual professional development opportunities
  • Virtual CSU Writes
  • CSU Mental Health info on anxiety around Covid-19
  • Silvercloud – online support for students, postdocs, faculty seeking help with depression, anxiety, stress, resilience, or sleep
  • Virtual Graduate Student Council Support Group – Check your email for the Zoom link!
  • Virtual Graduate Student Council Meetings – Check your email for the Zoom link!
  • Rams Against Hunger – Food Insecurity
  • Ram Aid – Housing Insecurity and other needs (Resources in process)
  • You@CSU – online support for students, postdocs, faculty to help them maintain productivity, succeed, thrive, and matter. It has goal setting and support options as well as useful articles on issues like procrastination that may be exacerbated by covid-19.

Call for Abstracts for CSU Speaks

We want YOU to promote your AWESOME research by presenting at CSU Speaks! Please submit a jargon-free abstract (300 words) describing a 15-minute talk that you would like to give to a community audience at New Belgium on April 18, 2020 from 1:00-5:00 PM.

Abstracts are due February 10. Click here for more information and to submit your abstract.