What is the Graduate Student Senate?

The Graduate Student Senate is the most diverse and influential group of graduate students on the Georgia Tech campus. Senators administer the annual Student Activity Fee budget of more than $5M dollars and have direct connections to the President’s Office and President’s Cabinet. Senate seats are distributed such that every school at Georgia Tech has at least one representative.

What has the Graduate Student Senate done for graduate students at Tech?

As part of the Graduate Student Government, in just the past year of 2015, the Senate has:

  1. Made an agreement with President Peterson and the Board of Regents to transition the Special Institutional Fee into tuition over the next 5 years.
  2. Worked with the Georgia Tech Budget Office to clarify and treat the Student Activity Fee three separate fees for the Student Center, the Campus Recreation Center, and Student Organizations.
  3. Coordinated the Grad Picnic in Fall in which over 2,000 graduate students were provided free food, t-shirts, and a relaxing afternoon.
  4. Coordinated the 3-Minute Thesis competition which provided over $5,000 to graduate students who presented their theses in under 3 minutes.
  5. Worked with Georgia Tech Transportation to improve services.
  6. Coordinated Jorge Cham’s visit to Georgia Tech to present “The PhD Movie 2.”

For current and future plans, see the Progress and Service page.

When does the Graduate Student Senate meet?

Senate sessions meet every Tuesday during each semester from 11am-1pm in Room 117 of the Flag Building. It is a requirement that Senators do not have repeated classes or meetings during this time as there are only a limited number of absences allowed.

What happens during a Senate meeting?

These sessions are focused on allocating the Student Activity Fee in a way that is equitable to all students at Georgia Tech through concise evaluation and discussion of the merits of the financial allocation of money.