Graduate Student Organization

The GSO Mission Statement

The Graduate Student Organization serves to provide guidance and direction for the graduate student community by advocating issues of concern; providing assistance to undergraduate students regarding graduate student life; and sponsoring social activities and other events to foster the development of the graduate student community as a whole. This organization shall provide a forum for discussion of issues pertinent to the well-being of graduate students at MSU and serve as a liaison between the graduate student body and the administration to encourage communication and cooperation throughout the MSU community.


Meeting Dates

Meetings will be held from 4:45pm to 5:15pm. Meeting dates and location for Spring 2014 appear below:

Wednesday, February 5, 2014: Dickson Hall room 114

Wednesday, March 5, 2014: Dickson Hall room 114

Wednesday, April 2, 2014: Dickson Hall room 114

Wednesday, May 7, 2014: Dickson Hall room 114

Executive Board Members

‌Sushant Singh

Welcome to the web page of MSU's Graduate Student Organization! The GSO tries to provide MSU graduate students with support, guidance, and opportunities for developing a greater sense of community. As Chair of the GSO, I encourage all MSU graduate students to get involved with this organization. Our steering committee holds meetings once a month, and these meetings are open to all graduate students. Please refer to the GSO website for more information. If you have any concerns you would like to communicate to the GSO, please email us at I welcome your input on how the GSO can help optimize your graduate experience at MSU, and I hope you will consider taking part in our meetings and activities.

Thank you for taking an interest in the GSO! I wish you all the best in your academic endeavors.


The GSO Chair

Shannon Schmeding
Vice Chair

Welcome to the GSO homepage! My name is Shannon Schmeding and I am the Vice Chair of this organization. I will be receiving my Master's in Counseling with a concentration in Student Affairs and Higher Education in August of 2014. Aside from being the Vice Chair for the GSO, I currently work in the Mediation Resource Center on campus. Throughout the semester, Sushant and I hope that you will become involved in this organization and we look forward to working with you and with the larger community. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail us at Thanks for visiting this page and I hope to hear from you soon!

College Ambassadors

College of the Arts - Open position -- please e-mail to apply

College of Education & Human Services - Megan Kearney

College of Humanities & Social Sciences - Sanjay Advani

College of Science & Math - Ben Colsey

School of Business - Steve Mwafuga

*Please e-mail with any college related inquiries. Your correspondence will be forwarded to the appropriate Ambassador.

Student Research & Conference Travel Funding

The Graduate Student Organization (GSO) provides funds to graduate students enrolled in degree programs to participate in professional development for the 2013-2014 academic year. Activities that will be funded include: presenting research at a conference, and/or travel for gathering data for research.

Any graduate student in good standing (as determined by The Graduate School) is eligible to submit a request for no more than half the expended amount (maximum $300) for reimbursement of expenses incurred. A graduate student is eligible to receive this award up to three times in their graduate career.

GSO Travel ApplicationApplications should be submitted at least one month prior to the scheduled Conference.

Spring 2014 Events


Habitat for Humanity: April 5th at 8:30am - Please CLICK HERE to register by March 28th!

Safe Space Training: April 23rd at 5:00pm - Please check back for registration info.

Relay for Life: May 2nd at 6:00pm - Please join the GSO team or make a donation by visiting the Relay for Life website.

Past Events

Interview Skills & Resume Writing Workshop: February 24th, 2014 at 5:00pm

Welcome Back Happy Hour: January 23rd, 2014 at 8:00pm

2012 Relay for Life of Montclair State University
American Cancer Society's Relay for Life
April 27th-28th, 7:00pm to 7:00am

For those who would like to learn more about this organization, or would like to join the GSO, please send an e-mail to

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