Graduate and Professional Student Senate

The Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) is an elected governing 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 1970, it is the recognized independent representative body of graduate students at ISU; it is charged with representing the graduate and professional students' perspective on campus issues and serving as a liaison between graduate/professional students, the university administration, and the Board of Regents.

Each department is permitted to have at least one GPSS representative.
Take a look here and see if your department is being represented.

Please see our Executive Solidarity Statement regarding the Black Lives Matter movement.


The June 2020 Board of Regents meeting occured on June 4th. Please see GPSS's statement to the Board.

Please see the new University Committee to Establish Principles on Renaming, which GPSS has a representative on.


COVID-19 Updates

The GPSS is actively monitoring the current COVID-19 outbreak and its effects on Iowa State University and the Ames community. The latest university news can be found here, and the City of Ames has relevant updates here. If you have any questions or want to provide feedback, please feel free to reach out to your GPSS Senator, the GPSS Wellness Committee, or the GPSS Executive Council.

Mental and Physical Wellness

The Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization have some helpful tips on managing stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Iowa State University Thielen Student Health Center also has a page providing helpful COVID-19 information for students. This BBC article also has some tips for mental wellbeing during this time.

The Student Wellness Division has some helpful tips for students and employees, and action plans to support student and employee wellbeing.


May 19, 2020

Margaret Ellen White Award Receipents

We are excited to announce that the recipients of this year's Margaret Ellen White award are Dr. Denise Schmidt-Crawford & Dr. Cathy Miller.

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Apr 29, 2020

GPSS Award Winners

Professional Advancement Grants Committee of GPSS has finalized the review of Awards for the 2019-2020 academic year. The following graduate students are named as Teaching, Research, and Leadership Awards winners. Congratulations to all award recipients!

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Apr 06, 2020

GPSS Election Results

GPSS elections were held on April 6, 2020, during the senate meeting, and the following Senate members are named as officers-elect for the 2020-2021 academic year.

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Mar 30, 2020

GPSRC Takes Place Online

The GPSRC will take place in the form of a poster submission on Canvas. Workshop materials and interactive discussion will also be available to participants beginning on Wednesday, April 8th.

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Executive Members


Executive Members' Office Hours


Executive Member Role Day Time
Eleanor Field President

James Klimavicz Vice President

Charles Wongus Treasurer

Ozlem Karakaya Senate Information Officer

Marcus Jansen Senate Engagement Officer

Abigail Kropf Conference Officer

Executive members can be found during their office hours in Memorial Union, West Student Offices, Space F.

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