This week in GSA 3.21.16

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More information for each announcement can be found below and don’t forget about our other programs including: 

Cap & Gown Rental Program (REQUEST OPEN NOW through April 8th)
Poster Tube & Laser Pointer Rental (Open on a rolling basis)


Still Concerned: A VT Faculty Initiative – Events This Week

In response to the visit by controversial speaker, Charles Murray, students, faculty, and staff have organized counter lectures, teach-ins, and protests. If you are interested in attending or taking part in any of the following events, please see the attached contact information.


 Teach-in Against Hate – Drs. Jacob Apkarian, Barbara Ellen Smith, Wornie Reed, Lisa Belden, Ellington Graves

Wednesday, March 23 @ 6pm, TORG 3100 (no conflict to GSA Keynote)

“Learn more about ‘Fuzzy Math’, ‘Social Policies’, and ‘Connecting the Dots’; organized by Still Concerned: A VT Faculty Initiative. Contact Dr. Sam for more info”

 Protest Against Human Inferiorityprotestflyer
Friday, March 25 @ 2:30pm, Inn at VT
Contact Brandy Faulkner for more info
 Counter lecture – Dr. Jason E. Glenn

Friday, March 25 @ 5:00pm, TORG 2150

“Neoliberalism, Class Warfare, and the Enduring Allure of Biodeterminism.
Sponsored by the Pamplin College of Business, Still Concerned, and the VT Black Caucus.”

Travel Fund Program
Spring Applications OPEN NOW Through March 27


Non-competitive financial assistance
with conference travel from January 1 – June 30, 2016

More information available here

The Travel Fund Program (TFP) is the GSA’s most popular program. The GSA strives to address the needs of Virginia Tech graduate students, and the TFP is designed to meet these needs by providing graduate students some financial assistance for presenting at scholarly conferences. Some eligible expenses include: travel expenses, registration fees, lodging, meals, and other miscellaneous expenses. The program also can be used to support international travel. The program is sponsored by the Graduate School and the Virginia Tech Office of the Provost.

Spring Cycle covers travel for: Jan 1 – June 30, 2016

The date that your travel begins determines the cycle. Ex. If your travel begins on June  6th, you should apply for the spring cycle. (The travel cycle is not the same as the application window; see below)

  1. Funding is distributed as a reimbursement, making the payment easier for all parties.
  2. This does mean you likely will not receive funding until after your conference is over.
  3. Updated and expanded application to help the GSA process your funds faster
  4. A marked increase in funding for conference travel from the Virginia Tech Provost’s Office – both for international and domestic travel!
  5. No discrepancy between funding for Masters and PhD students

The spring cycle is projected to open in March 2016 for conferences beginning January 1st – June 30th 2016. Applications for previous cycles are no longer accepted.

If you have questions, please contact Marie Stettler Kleine and Omchand Mahdu, GSA TFP Co-Chairs:

Graduate Research Symposium & Expo

The Graduate Research Symposium & Expo is finally here! Come learn about fellow graduate student research from across the university.

The GSA Research Symposium and Exposition provides a platform for exhilarating exchanges of ideas, invigorating interactions and valuable networking between participants, faculties, departments and research entities as well as corporate bodies, which could pave the way for interdisciplinary research discussion and future collaboration.

This year GSA Research Symposium is hosting 190+ works by graduate and advanced undergraduate students, in a variety of forms including oral and poster presentations, roundtable discussions, and creative installations. There will also be three workshops, and a speech by Abhi Nemani!

Make plans to attend the Keynote Address by Abhi Nemani.

Keynote Address by Abhi Nemani
Wednesday, March 23rd
7:00 PM
GLC Auditorium 
Make plans to attend Abhi Nemani’s Keynote @ 7pm on improving lives and creating better government.
More information can be found here
Don’t forget, awards ceremony immediately following the keynote address.

Graduate Education Week

This week is Grad Ed Week!
This week-long event, co-sponsored by the GSA, celebrates the importance of graduate education, aims to increase the university community’s awareness on graduate student contributions, and provides graduate students with professional development opportunities throughout the week.
Full schedule available here:
Thanks to other sponsors & Contributors:

Career Services
GLC Fellows
Graduate School
Graduate Student Assembly
The Lyric Theatre
Zoe’s Kitchen

Graduate Student Climate Survey

Virginia Tech wants to have graduate student input on the ways that campus climate affects the graduate student experience at Virginia Tech.
To access the survey please click here.
If the survey does not open automatically, please copy and paste the following link to your internet browser’s address bar:
Note that individual responses will be confidential.
The survey closes at midnight on Friday, April 15.
As a graduate student at Virginia Tech, your feedback is especially important to this project. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dannette Gomez-Beane.

Women for Wheel Power: Alternative Transportation Event

Whether you’re a seasoned rider or a novice, join us at the Hokie Bike Hub for a forum about bike commuting as a woman on the Virginia Tech campus! There will be a round table of women affiliated with the university to answer your questions.
Want to submit a question for the panel? You can do so via Facebook! Questions will also be taken on the day of the panel.
Following the panel, there will also be time to socialize and enjoy refreshment with other women interested in bikes!
For more information on other events and initiatives by the alternative transportation at Virginia Tech, check out their flyer below:

2016-2016 GSA Officer Elections

At the penultimate GSA meeting on Thursday, we had nominations for 2016-2017 GSA officers open. The following nominations have been put forth for each position:
    • Nominations for President of GSA:
      1. Chelsea Corkins
    • Nominations for Vice President:
      1. Brett Netto 
    • Nominations for Director of Programs
      1. Alex Hyler 
      2. Marie Stettler-Kline
    • Nomination for Director of Finance/Treasurer
      1. Omchard Mahdu 
      2. Martina Svyantek
    • Nomination for Director of Communications
      1. Samantha Freed 
    • Nominations for Director of Events
      1. Kisha Gresham 

If you would like to nominate yourself or another graduate student (NOTE* they do not need to be delegates of the GSA, can be any graduate student), please see the following timeline of events: 

      1. March 24: Nominations available until March 24 by 5 pm to
      2. April 21: Statement of intent due (250-500 words)
      3. April 25: Announcement sent out to delegates
      4. April 28: Elections
Please note* Nominations for positions will be allowed at the April 28th meeting, pending approval by the general assembly to allow new nominations to be included on the ballot.

Graduate Research Development Program Applications Open NOW – April 1st

The  Graduate Research Development Program (GRDP) will be accepting applications 3/21 – 4/1 for the 2016 Spring Cycle. Winners will be announced in April/May. You can submit your application here.

The application consists of:

  • Abstract (250 words)
  • Project description (1,200 words)
  • Itemized Project Budget and Fund Request Justification
  • Timeline (a document outlining the timeline of your project)
  • Validation (a statement from your advisor that he/she has read and approved your application and supports your project, and must include his/her signature.)
  • Any Supporting Documents that enhance your application: this includes tables or graphs that help explain your project. You may also choose to submit references here to reduce your word count on the project description.  This also includes any necessary IRB approvals, etc.

Any questions about the application process can be fielded by the GRDP Chair, Hannah Lane at  Please indicate “GRDP” in the subject line.

Take Back the Night: March 30th – Sponsored by the GSA

This year’s Take Back the Night event will be held on
Wednesday, March 30th
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Henderson Lawn

This 27th annual rally and march raises awareness of gender-based violence, shares resources available locally, and gives individuals tools to help create positive change. The purpose of this candlelight march — an annual tradition on many campuses across the nation — is to bring together members of the campus and community to protest gender-based violence and to promote awareness of attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that perpetuate this violence.Enjoy pre-rally music at6:30 pm; the rally begins at 7 pm.

People of all genders and ages are encouraged to participate, either as individuals or as part of a group, in the rally and march through Virginia Tech and Downtown Blacksburg. Organizations are invited to bring signs or a group banner. Raise your voice to help lessen violence in our community.

Together we’ll Take Back the Night!

For more information see:

Congratulations to Tara Reel!

Congratulations to GSA Vice President, Tara Reel on becoming the 2016-2017 Graduate BoV Representative! Tara was selected after going through a process of peer interviews and interviews with the BoV. We are delighted to have someone with such knowledge and passion about the GSA serving in this role.
1016947_10153088463715656_1774183250356808886_n(2)Congratulations to Tara and we look forward to working with you in your new role and helping serve the future needs of Virginia Tech’s graduate students!

For more information on the latest BoV Representative Meeting please see the following news release:

Two-Factor Login Survey

The University is moving towards a 2-factor authentication system that will be mandatory for all Virginia Tech users beginning July 4th. This is a result of hacking attempts on the University escalating since last September, which have led to small cases where direct-deposit or personal information was changed.

We’ve heard your concerns and are working with the University to address them. In the meantime, we’d love to hear your thoughts through a campus-wide survey. It only takes a minute, and you can do it right on your phone! Link is here: