Main Content

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.

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


Meet your 2018-19 GSS Officers!

President: Nathan Brasher, VP of Logistics: Pavle Mamul, VP of Student Engagement Dana Shaaban, VP of Finance Alok Bhargava, Historian Jongkeyong




GSS Fall 2018 Events Calendar

Tuesday, September 11

3:00-5:00 pm: First General Meeting @ the Lizard Lounge

Thursday, October 4

5:00-7:00 pm: Happy Hour @ HG SPLY CO

Friday, October 26

2:00-4:00 pm: Family Event

Saturday, November 3

12:00-2:00 pm: Football Tailgate *co-sponsored with the MBA Program, Neeley School of Business

Tuesday, November 13

3:00-5:00 pm: Final General Meeting @ the Lizard Lounge

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




2017-18 GSS Officers
President Elizabeth Hood (Business)
Vice President for Logistics Sara Kelms (English)
Vice President for Student Engagement Whitney James (English)
Vice President for Finance Jon Gulbransen (Business)
Historian Annette Wren (English)


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)