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GSA News

January 23, 2015

Graduate Student Assembly Update

The GSA is excited to start the spring semester and is committed to continuing its efforts to improve the Yale graduate student experience through both new and ongoing projects.

Sixth-Year Funding for Doctoral Students:

The GSA is thrilled with the recent announcement from the Dean’s Office that Yale will now guarantee sixth-year funding for eligible graduate students in the humanities and social sciences. This is the culmination of nearly five years of advocacy, collaboration, and communication between the GSA and the administration. Thanks to the leadership of Dean Lynn Cooley, the extensive work of Associate Dean Pamela Schirmeister, and members of the GSA, Yale now offers the best funding package for graduate students in the humanities and social sciences in the country. If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback, please contact or your GSA representative.

Conference Travel Fellowship:

The GSA is proud to announce the Winter Cycle of the Conference Travel Fellowship. All registered GSAS students intending to present original research at academic conferences around the world are eligible to apply for up to $750 in funding. Applications are due by Sunday, February 1, at 11:59pm EST. If you have traveled or will be traveling to a conference, consider applying for funds through the CTF. Please see for eligibility rules, application instructions, and FAQs. 

Housing Fair:

The Yale Housing Office will be hosting its first annual Housing Fair on Saturday, February 7, from 10am to 2 pm in Commons in Woolsey Hall. Local property owners and housing vendors will be visiting campus to inform graduate students, faculty, and staff about the latest housing options in the greater New Haven area. All students are invited to attend.

Dine with the Dean:

Looking to make some new friends? So is Dean Cooley! The new Dean of the Graduate School is interested in hearing about your experience at Yale.  Once a month, she will be meeting with a small group of graduate students for lunch in the HGS Dining Hall.  Click here to sign up by division: Humanities, January 27; Social Sciences, February 24; and Sciences March 24.  All lunches will be at 12 noon, and the Graduate School is treating.

Continuing Sponsorship of Graduate Student Events:

The GSA tailors our programming to the needs expressed by our constituents. In accordance with those needs, the GSA is pleased to continue our ongoing initiatives aimed at benefitting the GSAS student body: Ask-a-Lawyer is a monthly event at which students can come on a first-come, first-served basis to consult with an attorney at no charge. The next Ask-a-Lawyer event will be January 26 in the Hall of Graduate Studies, McDougal Center (back alcove), 320 York Street from 5:30-7:30pm. Tax Facts aims to instruct students about filing and paying both state and federal taxes. The next Tax Facts will be held January 27, 7-8pm in HGS 115.

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                                    — Submitted by Rachel Love (Classics)