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GSA News 12.9.2004

Become a Member!The Graduate Student Assembly is the voice of graduate students at UMass Boston. Thursday, December 16 will be our last ‘official’ meeting for the semester. Our website will be updated over Winter Break with next semester’s meeting times.

Athletics Study Break – Saturday, December 11With Finals coming, we all need to take a break and get away from the library for a little while. The GSA and the Department of Athletics are teaming up to offer an “Athletics Study Break” on Saturday, December 11. The UMass Boston Women’s Basketball, Women’s Ice Hockey, and Men’s Basketball teams will be playing that day. Your $2 ticket will get you pizza or a hot dog and soda from the concession stand, a raffle ticket, and free parking for the day! This can be a great RPA event – gather your members and enjoy a Saturday afternoon cheering for your fellow UMass students! Tickets may be purchased at the Student Life Counter (third floor, Campus Center) until Friday, December 10. Please bring your Student ID to prove that you are a graduate student. A limit of four tickets may be purchased per ID.

Graduate Student Assembly meets with President Wilson Members of the Graduate Student Assembly were privileged to have been invited to lunch with UMass President Jack Wilson during his December 2 visit to UMass Boston. President Wilson allowed both the GSA and the Undergraduate Student Senate an opportunity to discuss their experience as members of the UMass community, as well as a chance to offer opinions on how UMass Boston might be improved. The GSA would like to thank President Wilson for his time and interest in graduate students!

Spayne and Bollinger GrantsThe GSA was very pleased with the response to this semester’s Call for Proposals for the Spayne Master’s Thesis and Bollinger Doctoral Thesis Grants. The Committee is currently in the process of reviewing grant proposals and will be announcing the winners shortly. Were you too late in applying for the December grants? The GSA awards the Spayne and Bollinger grants each semester! Our website will be updated next semester with the Spring 2005 deadline.

Institute for Asian American Studies Call for Research ProposalsThe Institute for Asian American Studies will select up to five individuals to serve as Research Fellows for 2005. The Research Fellow Program provides support for scholarly projects focusing on topics related to Asian Americans. Although proposals may deal with a wide array of topics, the Institute is especially interested in research focused on Asian American issues and experiences in the New England area. Faculty, graduate students and other scholars are eligible to apply. Further information may be found on the Institute’s website: www.iaas.umb.edu.

Don’t Forget to Register for Classes or Pay your Program Fee!!!Can you believe that it is already time to register for next semester’s classes? If you don’t register before December 26, you will have to pay a late fee! And if you are finished with classes and working on your dissertation, be sure to pay your Program Fee. The Program Fee form is available at the Registrar’s Office.

Professional Development GrantsAre you traveling to a professional conference this semester? The GSA administers the Professional Development Grant (PDG) program to assist graduate students with the economic burden of traveling to, and participating in, professional conferences and meetings. Grants of up to $400 are available to reimburse students presenting papers or posters, and grants of up to $300 are available for students attending conferences. Please refer to our website for application materials and guidelines. Note that all application materials must be submitted at least 30 days prior to travel to be eligible for review. Looking for us?The GSA office is located on the third floor of the Campus Center, in room 3404. For applications, forms, or more information on any of our programs, please visit our website at www.gsa.umb.edu.