What is GPSS?

The Graduate and Professional Student Senate is an elected body through which graduate and professional students express their concern for the welfare of graduate and professional students at Iowa State University, develop and disseminate ideas for the improvement of graduate and professional education, and contribute to the formation of relevant University policies. Founded in 1969, it is the recognized representative body of graduate students at ISU, independent of any other organization on campus.


How do I become a Senator on the GPSS?

1. Check to see if your Department is represented either on the GPSS website or with your Department office

2. If not, click here.


What are my rights and responsibilities as a Senator?

Details for Senator duties can be found in the GPSS Bylaws. In general Senators are required to attend monthly GPSS meeting (the last Monday of the month, 6:30 p.m.), be an active member of the Senate (partake in voting, discussion, etc.), and to relay important information back to their Departments. This can be done in several ways (i.e. email update, display board, newsletter) and it iss up to the Senators' discrection.

As a Senator, you have one vote in the Senate and the right to speak on the Senate floor. You may write or sponsor Senate Bills and Resolutions and may bring any matter of graduate concern before the Senate.


Do I need to be a GPSS senator to serve on a committee position?

No. Most committee positions require, however, that you be elected as a representative by GPSS.

If you are interested in a committee position, please contact the URLA Chair or a member of the Executive Council.


What is the length of the term for a Senator?

Senators are elected by their department (typically at the beginning of the fall or spring semester) and serve through April. Regardless of when a senator is elected, he or she only serves through April. Even if a senator is elected in March, his or her term ends in April.