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Graduate Student Senate (GSS)

The Graduate Student Senate (GSS) is the official representative body for graduate students at Texas Christian University, providing professional and financial support as well as open forums for discussing issues, events, and other matters pertinent to graduate students. There is no membership fee. All graduate students are eligible and welcome to attend GSS events and run for GSS officer positions.

Share your GSS experiences on social media with #TCUGSS.

Contact GSS by emailing the executive board at or by directly emailing a board member.



2018 – 2019 GSS Elections

Meet your 2018-2019 GSS officers!

President: Nathan Brasher

VP – Logistics: Pavle Mamula

VP – Student Engagement: Dana Shaaban

VP – Finance: Alok Bhargava

Historian: Jongkeyong Kim






Graduate Student Appreciation Week: April 2 – 6

Please join us for the fourth annual celebration of Graduate Student Appreciation Week (GSAW) at TCU!


Raffle tickets will be given out at each event and prizes will be given at the Student and Faculty Ice Cream Social! To get a prize, you or a friend needs to be present and show the ticket.

Monday, April 2

10:00-11:00 am: Breakfast and General Meeting @ the Lizard Lounge

1:00-4:00 pm: Professional Headshots @ the Lizard Lounge *First-come, first-served; one retouched headshot will be sent to your TCU email

Tuesday, April 3

6:00-7:00 pm: Yoga Session @the Campus Commons *Bring your own mat and water

Wednesday, April 4

3:00-5:00 pm: Massages and Snacks @ the Lizard Lounge *First-come, first-served

5:00-7:00 pm: Happy hour @ HG Sply Co (1621 River Run) *Light apps on us!

Thursday, April 5

3:00-5:00 pm: Massages and Snacks @ the Lizard Lounge *First-come, first-served

5:00-7:00 pm: Food Truck Family Gathering @ Clearfork Food Park

Friday (4/6)

3:00-3:45 pm: Student and Faculty Ice Cream Social @ the Lizard Lounge

4:00-5:30 pm: 3MT Finals and Wine Reception @ Kelly Alumni Center

President: Elizabeth Hood,

I am a second year full-time MBA student with a concentration in Marketing. I received my Bachelor’s degree from LSU in French Language and Literature with a minor in International Business. Prior to coming to TCU, I worked on multiple marketing projects for Footlocker Inc., managed a small juice bar in Dallas, and taught English in France for two years. It is an honor to serve as your president and I hope that we can work together to continue the efforts made by previous classes in order to better the experience of graduate students. I pledge to fiercely advocate for changes that address our specific needs and I am committed to increasing student involvement and collaboration among all of the graduate programs. Please, come to one of our meetings and/or events and see what GSS is all about! I look forward to getting to know you in the year ahead.


Vice President for Logistics: Sara Kelm,

I am a second year Ph.D. student in Rhetoric and Composition, with research interests in creative nonfiction, women writers, and composition pedagogy. I have taught at a variety of universities over the past five years, and I look forward to teaching at TCU in the fall. I have previous experience in graduate student leadership at Baylor University (don’t worry; my allegiances have changed!). While at TCU, I have been involved in many GSS events and departmental student groups, including serving as the Techretary for TCU’s chapter of the Rhetoric Society of America. When not doing schoolwork, I enjoy baking, riding my bicycle, and watching British television. I look forward to working for TCU’s graduate student population as the GSS vice-president of logistics.


Vice President for Student Engagement: Whitney James,

I am a second-year Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition with research interests in academic writing and genres, translingualism, community literacy, multimodality, and disability studies. I earned a B.A. in comparative literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an M.A. in publishing and writing from Emerson College. At Emerson, I served as VP of the Graduate Students for Publishing before becoming a a first-year writing instructor. As VP of Student Engagement, I am honored to represent our small, but vibrant community. TCU has welcomed me with open arms and I look forward further contributing to the graduate student community.


Vice President for Finance: Jon Gulbransen,

My name is Jon Gulbransen and I am a first-year MBA concentrating in Consulting and Finance. I have been active in the MBA program with case competitions, clubs and intramural activities throughout the first year of the program. My goal is to use the experience from my MBA activities and apply it to the broader graduate student population in the next year while building on the foundation of the previous senate representatives. I look forward to the opportunity to represent the graduate students at TCU.


Historian: Annette Wren,

I’m a fourth-year PhD candidate in the English Department with research interests in Victorian literature, literary afterlives, and creative writing. I graduated with B.A.s in English and History at the University of Texas at Austin, and earned my Masters in Literature at Auburn University. As a graduate student at TCU, I have operated as the co-leader for the British Studies Interest Group, served on the English Department’s recruitment committee, and participated as a mentor to incoming graduate students. My goal as Historian is to continue my commitment to giving back to a university that has provided me with numerous opportunities to advance my academic ambitions.


RichardsonKenAdviser: Ken Richardson,
Professor Ken Richardson has taught in the Department of Mathematics at TCU since 1993 and is currently the director of the graduate program in this department. He received his Ph.D. from Rice University in 1993 and does research in differential geometry and global analysis, fields somewhat related to questions in quantum field theory and string theory from physics. He does research with collaborators at TCU and with professors at other universities in the U.S., Germany, Italy, Lebanon, Turkey, and South Korea. Dr. Richardson enjoys teaching undergrads and graduate students in diverse mathematics courses at TCU and has served as the faculty advisor of the Graduate Student Senate since 2010.

Current Constitution (PDF): GSS_Constitution.Updated2015

Platforms from 2016-2017
Rock the Vote

Platforms from 2015-2016
Health Insurance Proposal Committee Report (PDF): 2016.TCU.Committee on Research for Graduate Student Health Insurance

Campus Carry Opinion (PDF): CampusCarryOpinion2015-2016SenateOpinion

GSS General Meeting

Thursday, February 22, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. @ the Lizard Lounge
Topics: Upcoming GSS Election and Chancellor’s Forum

Chancellor’s Forum: March 1, 3:00 pm, Smith 104

The 2018 Graduate Forum with Chancellor Victor Boschini is a biannual event for graduate students to communicate directly with the Chancellor. Exiting Dean Bonnie Melhart, who has tirelessly advocated on our behalf, will be joining us and moderating questions from a panel and the audience.
This year’s theme is “Graduate Students Lead On: Grad Students Matter.” With this in mind, we encourage you to attend to discuss the issues that matter to graduate students and to express graduate students’ importance at TCU. We are a small but vibrant community that contributes to our campus!
GSS General Meetings
Thursday, August 31, 4:00-5:00 pm
Library’s Lizard Lounge
snacks providedMonday, Oct. 30
4:00-5:00 pm
Library’s Lizard Lounge
RSVP hereGSS Happy Hours*
Thursday, Oct. 12, 5:00-7:00 pm
HG Sply Co
RSVP hereWednesday, Nov. 8, 5:00-7:00 pm
The Woodshed
RSVP here*Students are responsible for drinks and/or meals
Locations subject to change
Graduate Student Survival
hosted by the Koehler Center

Wednesday, Sept. 6
4:30-6:30 pm
Koehler Center Lab: TCU Bookstore, Room 208
First come, first reserve
RSVP required
RSVP hereFootball Tailgate
co-sponsored with the MBA Program, Neeley School of Business
Saturday, Oct. 7
TCU vs. West Virginia
Details to come on FB and Twitter

Graduate Student Appreciation Week Promo Tri-fold (PDF): GSAW_2017_Trifold

Fall 2016 Calendar of Events (PDF): GSS Fall Events 2016

Spotlight on Graduate Student Experience: Graduate Student Dinner flyer

2016: Second Annual Graduate Student Appreciation Week
Download flyer as PDF: 2016.GradStudentAppreciationWeek

2015: Inaugural Graduate Student Appreciation Week
Download flyer as PDF: 2015.GradStudentAppreciationWeek




2016-17 GSS Officers
President Dan Kamin (Business)
Vice President for Logistics Blake Hill (History)
Vice President for Student Engagement Ashley Hughes (English)
Vice President for Finance Sharif Islam (Mathematics)
Historian Amanda Milian (History)


2015-16 GSS Officers
President Jackie Hoermann (English)
Vice President Jay Jay Stroup (English)
Treasurer Guillermo Patino (Business) / Treasurer Matt Brown (Business)
Secretary Meta Henty (English)


2014-15 GSS Officers
President Jay Jay Stroup (English)
Vice President Amanda Barnett (English)
Treasurer Kyralyssa Hauger (Chemistry)
Secretary Nelli Bodiford (Chemistry)


2013-14 GSS Officers
President Chris Williams (Business)
Vice President Christine Dallao (Business)
Treasurer Mirza Hasan (Chemistry)
Secretary Nelli Bodiford (Chemistry)


2012-13 GSS Officers
Cayce Jones (Communication Studies)
Nishant Maller (Business)
President Kaitlin Phillips (Communication Studies)
Marielle Kahn Weintraub (Psychology)


2011-12 GSS Officers
Matthew Acuff (Business)
Miriam Villanueva (History)
Jordan Ditty (Business)
Marjorie Buckner (Communication Studies)


2010-11 GSS Officers
Keith Altavilla (History)
Megan Smith Gratch (Art History)
Emilee Taylor (English)
Nicole Green (English)