Constituted in Spring 1993, the GSS is the graduate student governing body that today represents 1900 graduate students in The Graduate School, including Ph.D. students in the Engineering, Social Work and Business. The GSS is comprised of a representative from each department or program and meets monthly during the academic year.
The Senate's primary objectives are to provide a channel of communication between graduate students, the Dean of the Graduate School, and other members of the University community; to enhance the graduate student experience through professional development programming and social events; and to provide a forum for graduate student concerns. The GSS also proudly sponsors three annual signature events: the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awards and Ceremony, the Graduate Research Symposium, and the Panel on Diversity.
Graduate students in many departments and programs in the Graduate School have established departmental student groups to encourage discipline-specific academic support and social integration; these include peer mentoring groups.
The Student Advisory Committee of the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences (DBBS) is open to all DBBS students. Its ongoing responsibilities include serving as the students' advocate on issues of concern to the student body as a whole, representing the Division in the University community, participating in the organization of orientation activities, and sponsoring informational events that provide a setting for learning and interaction among students. Members of the Division administration consult the Advisory Committee about student issues which provides a formal mechanism for conveying student opinions to those who establish Division Policy.
ABBGS is dedicated to strengthening the social, cultural, and academic well being of black biomedical graduate students at Washington University, while promoting diversity within the campus community, ABBGS welcomes all members of the Washington University community to aid in their mission to retention of a culturally diverse student body.
Graduate Association of Latin American Students (GALAS)
GALAS provides an opportunity and space for Hispanic/Latin graduate students in the WU community to become interested in Hispanic/Latin culture. Through an established support system is established to pursue cultural education, networking and mentoring, GALAS organizes events designed to promote integration and diversity.
Young Scientist Program (YSP)
Designed to attract high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds into scientific careers through activities emphasizing hands-on research and individualized contact between young people and active scientists. This program is run entirely by medical and graduate student volunteers and is open to all graduate students in the Natural and Biological Sciences.