The Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) is the governing body of approximately 4,000 on-campus and 2,000 off-campus graduate and professional students.
Working to improve campus life, scholarly development, and community for our constituency, the GPSS serves as the liaison between graduate students and University Administration. Delegates to the Graduate and Professional Student Senate do this by serving on a variety of University commissions and committees. Members of the Virginia Tech GPSS Executive Board also participate in regular meetings with administration, and serve on committees and commissions.
The executive boards of our sister organizations, the Roanoke GSA and the Greater DC Metro Area GSA work with us, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the needs of the graduate and professional students on the campuses in those areas as well as in Blacksburg.
In addition, the GPSS administers programs to directly promote graduate research and educational efforts, and hosts the annual Research Symposium, which offers scholarships to the best of the exceptional research presenters participating in the event. We are also actively involved in advocacy initiatives pertaining to the graduate and professional students of Virginia Tech.
The GPSS promotes graduate student community by providing community-building and social events such as the Welcome Back BBQ, Meet the Dean, Little Hokie Hand-Me-Down and other ongoing events. All graduate and professional students are welcome to attend the General Assembly meetings, either in person or virtually.
We welcome the involvement of all Viriginia Tech graduate and professional students in all of our programs, events, senate meetings, and activities. Check out the Get Involved page to find out some of the ways you can participate, contribute, or meet fellow students!