The Graduate Student Organization (GSO) is a group of graduate-student volunteers. We represent graduate students’ interests to faculty and staff and facilitate discussions of how the Department can better support students. GSO meets with Department Chairs regularly, advocates for needed resources, conveys students’ preferences for job candidates, and organizes professional and social events—among other activities.
Nic Dias (Fall 2022 – Spring 2023)
Sarah Gerstein (Spring 2023 – Fall 2023)
Donald Moratz (Spring 2023 – Fall 2023)
Ify Okpali (Fall 2022 – Spring 2023)
GSO has a minimum of two representatives at any time. New representatives are publicly nominated and elected every semester, meaning that some representatives’ terms are staggered by one semester. Each representative serves for one year. Every month, GSO holds a public meeting wherein students voice their concerns and GSO updates students on their advocacy efforts. Our meeting minutes can be found here.
Note: This section contains Google Drive links restricted to current graduate students. If you cannot access a document, email the current Facilitators (listed above). If you have resources to share, please add them to the appropriate folder!
What is the Climate Survey?
In response to a public letter written by Black graduate students in 2020, the Department began fielding a (supposedly) yearly survey to gauge the Department’s culture.
What do I do if my section (recitation) times conflict with my schedule?
Email Cheyanne Norman (email@example.com) as soon as possible. Give the course number and times of the sections that conflict, as well as a couple of alternative times.
How do I reserve a room on campus?
Go to https://www.isc-cts.upenn.edu/finder/schedule.asp and click the button at the bottom of the page.
How do I request a change in my section’s location?
Fill out the form here: https://www.isc-cts.upenn.edu/finder/roomchange.asp.
How can I view a list of the students in my sections?
Log into Courses InTouch (http://coursesintouch.apps.upenn.edu/) and click “Class List” to the left of the page. Please note that the student photographs provided are from each student’s first year. Thus, they may look different now.
How do I submit grades?
Go to Courses InTouch (http://coursesintouch.apps.upenn.edu/) and click “Online Grading” to the left of the page.
How do I view my course evaluations?
Log into Courses InTouch (http://coursesintouch.apps.upenn.edu/) and click “Course Evaluations” to the left of the page.
Answers to more sensitive questions can be found here.