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.


GSO Leadership

Chair: Orville Morales, pursuing a Masters in Business Administration, concentrating in Business Analytics and Information Management

I obtained my bachelors degree in Anthropology from MSU and have built 10 years of Community Organizing experience in both the Public and Government Sector. Currently, I am an Official Representative of a Member of the US House of Representatives and, as Chair of the Graduate Student Organization, seek to enhance the Graduate Student Life at MSU.

Orville Morales Photo

Vice Chair: Simone Flowers, pursuing a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, with a concentration in Higher Education Leadership

I am honored and excited to serve as the Vice Chair for the Graduate Student Organization. I pray we will make this year productive, efficient, and successful!

‌‌‌Simone Flowers photo for vice chair portion of website Fall 2015


*Please e-mail to contact the Chair or Vice-Chair and your message will be forwarded as appropriate.

Meeting Dates

Meetings will be held once a month from 4:45pm to 5:15pm.

Day Date Location Agenda
Wednesday   9/23/15 University Hall room 2008     GSO Meeting Agenda 9-23-15
Wednesday 10/14/15    University Hall room 2008  GSO Meeting Agenda 10-14-15
Wednesday 11/18/15 University Hall room 2008  
Wednesday 12/9/15 University Hall room 2008  

Student Research & Conference Travel Funding

**NOTICE: All funding for the 2015-2016 academic year has been distributed. Additional funding will become available on July 1, 2016.**

The Graduate Student Organization (GSO) provides funds to graduate students enrolled in degree programs to participate in professional development for the 2015-2016 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. Funding is limited and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Student Research and Conference Travel Funding Application

Applications must be submitted at least one month prior to the scheduled Conference.

Fall 2015 Events


Queer Grads Social Event at Parkway Lanes

Thursday, 10/29/15, 8:30pm - 10:30pm

Parkway Lanes, 200 US-46, Elmwood Park, NJ 07047

On October 29th, 2015, the LGBTQ Center will be hosting its 2nd Queer Grads Social Event at Parkway Lanes, 200 US-46, Elmwood Park, NJ 07047, starting at 8:30pm. The cost is $7 per person with a valid college ID, which includes rental shoes and two hours of bowling. $2 Domestic Draft Beers; Billiards. Come out and have a ball with us!

*Hosted by the MSU LGBTQ Center, co-sponsored by the GSO

Resume Workshop

Tuesday, 11/10/15, 4:15pm - 5:15pm

College Hall room 226, The Graduate School Conference Room

Graduate students from all disciplines are invited to join Adam Mayer from Career Services for a resume workshop. Professionals at any level will benefit from this event.


Past Events

Queer Grads Welcome Back Social; Elements of Oz, Final Dress Rehearsal; Special Olympics Volunteer Events; LGBTQ Family Building Options (Co-Sponsored by the MSU LGBTQ Center); Linked-In Workshop; Career and Internship Fair; Safe Space Training with the LGBTQ Center; Resume Workshop with Career Servicesl Guest Lecture Series: Spirituality with Dr. Gainor; Relay for Life; Safe Space Training; Habitat for Humanity; Interview Skills & Resume Writing Workshop; Welcome Back Happy Hour

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

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