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About GSA

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) of Rice University is the inclusive governing body of all Rice students enrolled in a graduate-level degree program. The officers and representatives of the GSA strive to continually improve the Rice graduate experience.

Members of the Rice Graduate Student Association (GSA) consist of the entire graduate student body, with students from the eight academic schools: 


There is no 'best time' to get involved with the GSA. We appreciate new students with fresh ideas, as well as students with a few years under their belts. Fresh out of college? Working part-time? Married with kids? Business student? MD/PhD program? You are all graduate students, and we want to get your input.

The easiest way to get involved is to join a GSA committee (see below). These committees meet occasionally and food is often provided. You can also attend the monthly GSA Council meetings (again, see below). All grad students are invited, and food is always provided.

Many students get involved in the GSA as part of their departmental GSA, or other student clubs. GSA interacts with these other groups frequently:

  • School of Architecture
  • Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies
  • George R. Brown School of Engineering
  • School of Humanities
  • Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management
  • Shepherd School of Music
  • Wiess School of Natural Sciences
  • School of Social Sciences

Getting Involved

The GSA is composed of two main governing bodies:
 Governing Bodies and Committees

GSA Council Meetings are held every third Tuesday of each month at 6 PM in the GSA Lounge in the basement of the RMC (student center).

In addition, there are several GSA Committees:

Volunteers are always welcome so feel free to contact the committee chair to join or get onto the email list!

GSA members participate in university governance by serving as graduate student representatives on University Committees. Read more detailed information on each committee.

  • Athletics
  • Brochstein Pavilion Advisory
  • Environmental Health
  • Graduate Council
  • Information Technology
  • Library
  • Minority Affairs
  • Parking
  • Teaching
  • University Court
  • University Council
  • Honor Council
  • Health Insurance
  • President's Lectures
  • Recreation Center Advisory
  • Student Center Advisory
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Campus Climate

See a list of last year's representatives to these committees. If you are interested on serving as the representative in any position which is currently vacant, please complete the University Committee Application