GPSA Elections

Interested in serving on the GPSA E-Board? Run for election! Elected positions are president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary.

Voting

Voting begins Monday, April 5, 2021, at 3:30 p.m. and concludes Monday, April 12, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Cast your ballots online here through the UNLV Involvement Center. Voters will be asked to login using their ACE account.

You may vote remotely, however, voting stations be available in the Graduate Commons, LLB 2141, until 5 p.m. on April 9, 2021. The election results will be announced and posted by Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Candidates for President

Candidates for Vice President

Candidates for Treasurer

About the GPSA

The Graduate & Professional Student Association is the student government for all currently enrolled graduate and professional students at UNLV. The GPSA is managed by the GPSA Council consisting of four elected officers, department-appointed council members, and the GPSA manager (administrative faculty). The four elected officers make the Executive Board which consists of the President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary.

Eligibility

To be eligible you must be:

  • A currently enrolled graduate student admitted to a graduate and/or professional program.
  • You must remain an enrolled student for the duration of your term (May to May). Candidates cannot expect to graduate during their term.

Application Materials

The Declaration of Candidacy (application) and letter of support from a qualified advisor or faculty member stating your good academic standing and enrollment status is to be turned in to the GPSA Elections Committee by Friday, March 26, 2021 via the online application.

Applicant's resumes/CVs are encouraged, but not required, and will be included in the applicant's application packet.

Deadline to apply with all supporting materials is Friday, March 26, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Faculty letters of support/recommendation are due same day, Friday, March 26, 2021. The application packet and any supporting materials should be submitted via the online application, by the deadline. This application and all supporting materials will be posted on the GPSA website and in the Graduate Student Commons.

Please note: per Article VII, Section I of the GPSA Bylaws, candidates for GPSA President must have previous experience on the GPSA Council as a representative or as a previous Executive Board member. Candidates for GPSA Vice President must also have previous experience on the GPSA Council.

Campaigning

Each candidate is expected to make a campaign speech (three-minute limit) to the GPSA Council on Monday, April 5, 2021, at 2 p.m. The GPSA Council will meet in the GPSA’s WebEx Personal Meeting Room. Candidates unable to attend this meeting may prerecord their speech and submit it to the GPSA Council via gpsa@unlv.edu. Candidates unable to attend will forfeit their Q&A session post-speech from the GPSA Council and the public. Only candidates unable to attend the GPSA Council meeting on April 5th may submit a prerecorded speech. Additionally, candidates may submit a brief statement to be linked to their name on the ballot; send ballot information to varre@unlv.nevada.edu. The GPSA Elections Committee will post all information included in the Declaration of Candidacy application on the GPSA website and in the Graduate Student Commons, Lied Library room 2141, for all graduate/professional students to review and examine to determine the best candidates. This includes faculty letters of support/recommendation and any other submitted supporting materials.

NOTE: Personal information, including NSHE, address, phone number, and email, will not appear on the public posting.

Position Descriptions

Executive Board Officer – President

The President is the chairperson of the GPSA Council and Executive Board. This position is responsible for guiding the organization on general issues such as goals of the Council. The president also represents the GPSA at the Board of Regents meetings and travels to other locations when the meetings are held outside Las Vegas (travel expenses paid by GPSA).

The president serves on the Graduate Council, the Executive Council, as well as on several campus-wide committees. The president speaks at various student orientations and campus engagements. Due to impromptu requests (speaking, serving on committees, etc.) from different entities on campus throughout the year, it is highly recommended that candidates for this position have a flexible schedule.

This position offers a graduate student tuition waiver of up to nine credits a semester, a monthly stipend equal to that of a graduate assistant, a Graduate College Leadership Scholarship (academic year breakdown: summer - $5,000; fall - $2,000; spring - $2,000) and a GPSA $550 stipend for each semester (summer, fall, spring; paid monthly from May to April).

Candidates must be in good academic standing, admitted to a graduate and/or professional program at UNLV, and must have previous experience on the GPSA Council as a representative or as a previous Executive Board member.

Executive Board Officer – Vice President

The Vice President chairs the Sponsorship Committee which evaluates applications and distributes GPSA funding allocations for student research and conference travel and serves on several campus-wide committees. The vice president establishes priorities for the sponsorship funding in conjunction with the committee and Executive Board. This position also conducts sponsorship funding workshops in order to assist students on how to successfully apply for GPSA sponsorship funding.

The vice president also chairs the GPSA Annual Student Research Forum held in the spring semester. The vice president attends the Board of Regents meeting in the President’s absence and acts as president if the office becomes vacant. The vice president also sits on a Graduate College Committee and other campus-wide committees.

This position offers a Graduate College Leadership Scholarship (academic year breakdown: summer - $3,000; fall - $2,000; spring - $2,000) and a GPSA $550 stipend for each semester (summer, fall, spring; paid monthly from May to April).

In the absence of the President, the vice president shall chair the council.

Candidates must be in good academic standing, be admitted to a graduate and/or professional program at UNLV and must have previous experience on the GPSA Council.

Executive Board Officer – Treasurer

The Treasurer presents a financial report at every monthly GPSA Council meeting. This position chairs the Government Relations Committee, Awards Committee, Cap and Gown Program, and serves on several campus-wide committees. The treasurer also sits on a Graduate College Committee. During a legislative year, it is expected that the treasurer travel to Carson City one or two times to meet with the governor, state legislators, etc.

This position offers a Graduate College Leadership Scholarship (academic year breakdown: summer - $3,000; fall - $1,000; spring - $1,000) and a GPSA $350 stipend for each semester (summer, fall, spring; paid monthly from May to April).

The treasurer will fill the vice president’s office in the event of its vacancy.

Candidates must be in good academic standing and admitted to a graduate and/or professional program at UNLV.

Executive Board Officer – Secretary

The Secretary is responsible for preparing and posting the agenda/minutes for each GPSA Council meeting, which is set by the Executive Board. The secretary records the minutes of council meetings and sends them to the council representatives. The secretary is responsible for keeping roll call at the GPSA Council meetings, which determines the representative’s eligibility for their semester stipend. This position chairs the Events Committee and Publication Committee which publishes our newsletter, The Luminary, sits on a Graduate College Committee and several campus-wide committees.

This position offers a Graduate College Leadership Scholarship (academic year breakdown: summer - $3,000; fall - $1,000; spring - $1,000) and a GPSA $350 stipend for each semester (summer, fall, spring; paid monthly from May to April).

The secretary will fill the treasurer’s office in the event of its vacancy.

Candidates must be in good academic standing and admitted to a graduate and/or professional program at UNLV.

More About GPSA

The GPSA supports graduate and professional students’ academic endeavors. Providing an environment conducive to student scholarship and research is our primary goal. The GPSA strives to engender a sense of community among the graduate and professional students by offering financial support and fellowship.

Programming is provided throughout the year which offers funding, scholarships, various awards, and networking to students. The GPSA represents UNLV graduate and professional students at meetings of the Board of Regents, Nevada Student Alliance, and on campus-wide committees.

The GPSA maintains offices in the Student Union, the Gateway Commons, CBC, as well as a computer lab in the Lied Library known as the Graduate Student Commons.