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

We are now accepting nominations for Graduate Student Organization (GSO) elections.  The term of each position is for the full 2015-2016 academic year. We are looking for students to fill the positions of Chair and Vice Chair:

Chair: oversees the facilitation of meetings, including setting the agenda and acting as primary liaison to The Graduate School advisor

Vice Chair: assists the Chair in providing leadership for the organization, responsible for typing the agenda, taking minutes at each meeting, and subsequently submitting the minutes to The Graduate School advisor

If you are interested, please email your full name, academic program, the position(s) that you would like to be considered for, and a brief paragraph explaining your interest in the position(s) by

Monday, October 5th, 2015



Your nomination information will be available for voters to review throughThe Graduate School’s electronic voting system.

Voting information will be conveyed via e-mail during the week of October 5th.

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  
Wednesday 11/18/15 University Hall room 2008  
Wednesday 12/9/15 University Hall room 2008  

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

Fall 2015 Events


Queer Grads Welcome Back Social

Friday, 9/11/15, 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Student Center Dining Room

The Montclair State Univeristy LGBTQ Center invites you to come out to mix, mingle, and network with other Red hawk graduate students over light refreshments and conversation. For more information, contact Ebony Jackson: 


Elements of Oz, final dress rehearsal

Friday, 9/25/15 at 7:30pm

Alexander Kasser Theater

What do Judy Garland, Ayn Rand, YouTube, and the Gold Standard have in common?  Come to a special sneak peek of The Builders Association's world premiere production of Elements of Oz, a 21st century mash-up of the iconic film The Wizard of Oz, to find out!  Bring your smartphone and download the free's all part of the show. This is a FREE event. To learn more visit



Are you LinkedIn or Left Out?

Monday, 10/12/15, 4:15pm - 5:15pm

University Hall room 2042

Linkedin gives us unprecedented access to people, employers and opportunities.  This social media giant provides a professional platform for interacting with those in our field.  Employers benefit as well in that they're given a look at our virtual footprint, which is critical to maintaining a professional online presence.  Come hear from the Center for Career Services on how to best leverage Linkedin.

Past Events

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 Services

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

  The MSU Graduate Student Organization's Facebook Page