Graduate Student Advisory Committee
Promoting the Legacy and Integrity Through Graduate Student Success

Events/Special Announcements



Last Saturday 4/12/14 we celebrated our Make a difference Awards 2014. We had a full house ceremony with great food; music and a fabulous speech by our main advocate Dr. Susan Stapleton, Dean of the Graduate College.

More than a dozen Graduate Students were nominated and four were finally selected for their hard work on making a difference in other Graduate Students lives in various capacity here at WMU.
The four awardees are:

  1. Chartanay Bonner a PhD student in Chemistry
  2. Eric Mendes – master’s candidate in comparative religion 
  3. Eric Denby – master’s candidate in history 
  4. Sean Fields – PhD student in behavioral analysis

Congrats to all the nominees and awardees. We also wanted to thank you all for this awesome academic year. Thanks for your support and for helping us advance to help you better. YOU ROCK!

Now let’s finish this semester by showing the finals what Graduate Students are made of. GOOD LUCK!

Here is a link where you can see & download the pictures from the ceremony. Enjoy!




Over Spring Break GSAC along with the National Association of Graduate Professionals (NAGPS) was present in Washington, D.C., advocating in behalf of Western Graduate Students on issues affecting graduate students nationwide. We had the chance to meet with the Representatives Fred Upton and Sandy Levin’s staff in the House and Senator Debbie Stabenow’s staff in the Senate to discuss the reinstatement of the subsidy to graduate students’ loan. We also discussed reducing the 12 month embargo on research articles to 6 months, increasing graduate education funding, domestic revalidation of international students’ visas, and many other topics that concern all of us.

We are glad to inform you that our Representatives and Senator are well aware of the problems affecting us as graduate students. Additionally, our congressmen are strong supporters of the benefits to graduate studies and education in general. We left Washington, D. C. with a very good impression of our Representatives and the Senator.

The Graduate College Events Listing

The Graduate Student Advisory Committee works to keep you informed regarding GSAC, The Graduate College, and other Campus events pertinent to your career as a Western Michigan University Graduate Student.

Please check this page and/or our Event Calendar frequently for the most current postings.

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Workshop Resources for Graduate Students

The Graduate Center for Research and Retention provides useful workshops for graduate students such as dissertation formatting, grant writing, statistics review, etc. These workshops were tailored to meet graduate students' needs. Here is a printable PDF version of the workshop's calendar.

       Scholarships, Grants, and Fellowships

Information about scholarships, grants, fellowships and other funding opportunities can be found in the Community Resources Link. We are in the process of updating the information and feel free to contact us if you know other sources of fundings for graduate students. Email

New Scholarships announced (New)

Graduate Student Service Opportunity

It is important for graduate students to get their voices heard. For that purpose, we would like to invite you to join one of the following committees to represent the graduate students at WMU. These committes usually meet once a month only. Please email us at to express your interests in joining one of these committees. Not only will your service be appreciated and make a difference, but it can make an exceptional resumé or CV.

bullet Graduate Student Advisory Committee (GSAC) to represent your department
bullet Graduate Financial Allocation Committee (GFAC) to decide how to allocate funding for Registered Student Organizations
bullet GSAC Public Relations Committee to promote GSAC's roles, activities, etc.
bullet GSAC Website Committee to serve graduate students better
bullet GSAC Research and Publication Committee to ensure the continuity of the publication of the Hilltop Review
bullet Research Policies Council to promote graduate students'academic research
bullet Graduate Student Research Award Selection Committee to participate in the award selection process
bullet Graduate Student Travel Award Selection Committee to participate in the award selection process
bullet Higher Learning Commission Steering Committee to advocate for graduate student-centered programs
bullet Western Student Association Senate to advocate for graduate students
bullet Graduate College Assessment Committee to advocate for the improvement of graduate studies and Graduate College services
bullet East Campus Development Coommittee to advocate students' interests
bullet President's Universitywide Sustainability Committee to ensure that graduate students' interests are taken in consideration in the management of the Sustainability Fee

Job Announcement

Click the links below to learn about different job opportunities:

bullet Michigan Jobs and Careers Resources
bullet Let's Talk About It Girl's Home (3 different positions): Direct Care Manager, School Liaison, and Direct Care Specialist.
bullet BroncoJOBS

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