Council Graduate and Professional


An elected body whose concern is the welfare of the graduate and professional students at Iowa State University.


This organization has no affiliations.

Constitution / Tier

File GPSSGoverningDocs2.docx
Tier Student Organization - Sponsored

Membership Information

Student Members 7
ISU Members 1
Non-ISU Members 0
Allowed Members All registered graduate and professional students in good academic standing
Allowed Officers All registered graduate and professional student members in good academic standing
Membership Qualifications Members must be elected and approved by their respective departments.
Membership Restrictions Members must be registered students for the duration of their membership as senators; students must also be in good academic standing and making requisite progress in their home program, as specified by the program.
Elections/Selection Yearly elections for two semesters of service; election of Officers and Senators both take place in the spring semester. Senators' home departments are responsible for choosing/electing their representation to GPSS.
Meetings Last Friday of each month during the school year, except for December and May.

Description of Regular Meetings/Activities

Regular Senate meetings involve a prepared program during which constituent issues are introduced and concerns are voiced; new legislation is announced; forums are held for invited and extemporaneous speakers to inform the Senate about current issues or policy; Senate business is discussed, debated and decided, including legislation that affects and serves the interests of all graduate and professional students.

Description of Special Events

GPSS organizes and hosts several special events throughout each academic year, including Fall and Spring semester socials open to all graduate and professional students and their families; Fall and Spring orientations for new graduate and professional students; and an annual campus-wide research conference that showcases student work and allows students to network and gain presentation experience in a professional and collegial environment.