Involvement

Association of All Graduate Students (AAGS)  
Graduates in Integrative Society + Environment Research (GISER)
Graduate Lounge
Admitted Students' Weekend
Town Halls 

Association of all graduate students (aAGS)

In 2010-11, AAGS earned the Arizona State University Hall of Fame Outstanding Graduate Student Organization award, so your fellow graduate student leaders are among the best on campus. These dedicated leaders and volunteers provide a number of activities on your behalf and serve as a forum where your concerns as a graduate student can be heard. The group acts as a direct link with the school’s faculty, administration, ASU Graduate Education, other ASU graduate students and our undergraduate majors, to facilitate better informed decisions regarding student life.

With a structure mirroring the faculty graduate committee, AAGS is registered with ASU’s Student Clubs and Organizations. The club’s advisor is Georgianna Miller, the academic success specialist for the school’s graduate programs.

You can get involved in AAGS as a leader or simply as a more informed and engaged student:

  • Volunteer for a leadership or committee support role
  • Get to know your AAGS officers, who represent you at faculty meetings and directorate meetings
  • Get to know your student representatives who represent you at faculty approach meetings
  • Serve as a mentor for new graduate students
  • Attend social events and business meetings and support fundraisers
  • Share your concerns and suggestions regarding curricula, course offerings, speakers, etc.
  • Read the faculty meeting minutes circulated by AAGS
  • Take advantage of the research poster reimbursement program for the professional printing of conference posters if you are selected as a presenter

The 2013-2014 officers are:

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graduates in integrative society + environment research (giser)

GISER is an ASU-wide graduate student organization that provides opportunities for graduate students to engage in short-term, student-driven interdisciplinary research related to society and environment through:

  • Monthly plenary meeting for students and faculty involved in GISER; may often include panel discussions on interdisciplinary topics such as objectivity in science.
  • Working groups of graduate student-led projects in the form of reading or discussion groups to engage across disciplines about various topics.
  • Workshops that have emerged from working groups; often are product-oriented projects; typically receive funding and academic credits for participation.

GISER has more than 100 members, 5 active working groups and collaborators from non-profit and governmental organizations. Participants span sustainability, geography, life sciences, humanities, political science, anthropology, archaeology, engineering, urban planning and mathematics.

To learn more about GISER, to get involved or to ask questions, visit their website at http://asugiser.ning.com/. To join the GISER Listserv, please subscribe at http://lists.asu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=GISER.

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Graduate Lounge

The Graduate Lounge, located in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change Building, Room 111, provides a space where you can socialize or study while on campus. The lounge has tables and chairs for studying, couches for relaxing and refrigerators for food. Informal collaborative meetings are held here and although you will have key card access, the school is not responsible for the loss of any valuables left in this space.

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Admitted Students’ Weekend

Each spring, the school hosts an Admitted Students’ Weekend for applicants admitted to Ph.D. programs. This is a terrific opportunity for current students to support the newcomers, and many students agree to provide transportation and housing for new students this weekend. This is the weekend when potential students often make their final decision about whether or not to attend ASU, so student advocates play a pivotal role at our formal and informal activities:

      • A graduate student mixer
      • Meetings with degree heads and approach conveners
      • Tours of the school’s many research facilities, classrooms and other locations
      • A colloquium or other guest speaker
      • A hike (Phoenix is quite beautiful in the spring)
      • A BBQ with faculty and current graduate students

The authentically warm welcome and useful information we can provide in person this weekend help these potential students understand not only the vast academic resources we offer but also experience the collegial atmosphere, sample student life and connect them immediately to other students and to the place.

Although we do not typically host individual visits, some prospective students do visit Tempe on their own accord and meet with faculty. They may often ask to speak with current students, so you may be asked on an ad hoc basis on occasion to help out in this regard. If prospective students contact you directly, please send them to our graduate academic success specialist for the most current application information and so we can follow-up appropriately with each of them.

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Town Halls

The past few years, the school has hosted Graduate Town Halls each semester, serving as an open forum for graduate students to ask questions or raise concerns directly to the school’s directorate. The Town Hall also serves as a forum for the directorate to update graduate students on important trends, policies and issues affecting your academic career, research and teaching. Your AAGS approach representative is another individual who can address your concerns and help bring them directly to the appropriate individuals.

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