Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS)
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
||All registered graduate and professional students in good academic standing
||All registered graduate and professional student members in good academic standing
||Members must be elected and approved by their respective departments.
||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.
||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.
||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.