Welcome to Graduate Student Assembly

The Graduate Student Assembly, serving as the voice of graduate students at the UMASS Boston campus,  is dedicated to enhancing the academic and professional development of graduate students. This includes support for graduate research and skill development as well as advocacy to administration.

Elections – Information regarding the election for GSA Executive Committee positions (2022-2023) is posted in the Welcome to the Graduate Student Assembly tab above.  The 2023 – 2034 election will be managed by our staff advisor, Chiquita Baylor. Applications can be sent Here once the email has been sent out in Spring 2023.

All applications for funding requests can be found through their respective pages on this site. Below is a summary of our services:

Spayne & Bollinger Grants – Thesis and Dissertation grants. Up to 3 of each are awarded per semester. Each grant awards students up to $1500.


Professional Development Grants – Reimbursement grants for conference travel. Students attending or presenting at conferences may apply for this grant before traveling and be reimbursed up to $250 for attendees only or $400 for presenters. Applications are rolling. See PDG page for details.

Non-Thesis/Dissertation Research Grants – For research projects that are unrelated to a thesis, dissertation, or capstone project, GSA offers a grant up to $500. Applications are rolling.

Event Funding Requests – GSA is eager to sponsor student events. We have sponsored on-campus talks, workshops, conferences, and student networking meet-ups. There is no official maximum for requests of this type, but $50-$500 dispensations are most typical.

*Thanks to the efforts of UMass Board of Trustees, UMB Office of Student Activities, Office of Administration and Finance and Office of Financial Management, GSA was able to harness some carryover funding from earlier years. This increase in our funding will be used to expand PDG grants, support other research activities and increase the funding pool for student activities.

Meeting schedule for 2022 – 2023

Bi-weekly meetings will  be made available to GSA members through Zoom. Please email gsaassembly@umb.edu to request access. Day and time will be updated Fall 2022. See you then!

Fall 2022 Office Hours CC-3404.01/2:


To speak with a GSA representative regarding a relevant issue/question, please email us at gsassembly@umb.edu.

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