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Graduate Student Senate

The Graduate Student Senate (GSS) represents every graduate student enrolled in any of the programs offered by the Graduate College at the University of Oklahoma, giving them an official voice.  Additionally, each year a substantial portion of the SGA budget is allocated to GSS for two important initiatives: Awards and Grants.


The Senate meeting day has changed to Thursdays at 7 PM on Zoom. They will no longer be held on Sunday evenings.

Meet your Reps

GSS Chair

Claire Burch

GSS Vice Chair

Rin Ferraro

 GSS WAM Committee Chair

Lexi Walton

GSS Secretary

Cooper Delafield

Graduate Student Senate sign held up by GSS leaders
GSS Leaders: Vice Chair Rin Ferraro, Chair Claire Burch, and Secretary Cooper Delafield

Click on the image for the OU Daily news article about GSS    

An Act of Procedure Approving Conference/Research & Creative Exhibition Grant Awards for The 2022 Spring Semester


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An Act of Procedure Approving Outstanding Graduate Student Awards for the 2021-2022 Acedemic Year


Click on the image above for more about our award winners



Meetings are held on thursday at 7:00 PM.  See the Agendas and Minutes page and then select the date for meeting details.


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Many Senators make up the GSS comprised of equal representation of Graduate College departments ranging from Native American Studies to Psychology to Mathematics.  While each Senator is responsible for primarily advocating on behalf of their departments, Senators also participate in eight committees that oversee certain aspects of the GSS including:

  • Academic Affairs: works on issues that affect graduate students in terms of their academic missions and goals, such as exam preparation week, the language test for international graduate assistants, etc. The committee also selects the Outstanding Graduate Students for the academic year. 
  • Development and Philanthropy: provides assistance, services, fundraising, grant writing, and leadership of a service project within the Graduate Student Senate.
  • External Affairs: confronts problems of wages, health insurance, facility access rights, and the relationship of graduate students to their departments and the university community.
  • Internal Affairs: helps manage the Graduate Student Senate's relationship with other SGA branches, works on the Senate's bylaws, and oversees the Senate's internal policies and procedures.
  • International Student Affairs: addresses all matters concerning international Graduate Students, strive to improve the relationship between GSS, international Graduate Students and other groups, organizations and/or deparments, always promoting a positive student experience. 
  • Public Relations: oversees advertising for events related to the Graduate Student Senate, as well as general advertising for the Senate. 
  • Ways and Means: manages both the Research and Creative Activities Grants and the Conference and Travel Grants allocation process as well as serving in an oversight role for the SGA budgetary process.
  • Sustainability: focuses on identifying policies and practices University, state, nation, and worldwide that promote the most efficient and responsible use of resources. Recommends and coordinates sustainability initiatives to the University community that promote environmental sustainability on campus.

New Senator Form (PDF)