(Recognized Professional Associations)
The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) sponsors graduate student clubs called Recognized Professional Associations (RPAs) to enrich the quality of graduate education and life at UMass Boston. RPAs receive a fixed amount of funding per year. All RPAs are open to all graduate students.
Due to ongoing uncertainty regarding the GSA budget, the Recognized Professional Associations application form has been taken down until negotiations between GSA, Student Affairs, and relevant UMass, Boston administrators have concluded. No new RPAs will be accepted at this time though RPA requests made prior to October 20th will be processed and honored.
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Starting a RPA
If you are interested in starting a RPA please visit https://umb.collegiatelink.net/organization/sagroupsumb/documentlibraryu and complete the application by the semester deadline. Failure to comply with this deadline will result in not being activated for the requested semester.
Once you complete the application an email will be sent to you with the website of the on-line training. The RPA President and Treasurer must complete the on-line training. The training provides an overview of all paperwork necessary to operate your RPA. All officers training must be completed by the GSA-decided deadline.
The GSA will only consider activating an RPA if both a completed application was received prior to the deadline and the president and treasurer have completed the mandatory on-line training.
Once the RPA has fulfilled the application and training requirements, the GSA full membership votes to approve or deny the RPA application. GSA may also recommend you connect with students from other RPA’s. If the RPA is approved, a small amount of funding will be placed into the RPA account.
Reactivating a RPA
To reactivate a RPA that was active during the last academic year, you only need to complete the on-line training. Click HERE!
The following RPAs are active for the 2016-2017 academic year:
- Applied Linguistics Student Association
- Beacons for Social Justice Club
- Biology Graduate Student Club
- CCT Forum
- Clinical Graduate Student Association
- Entrepreneurship Club
- Global Governance and Human Security Cohort Conversations
- Graduate Chemistry Club
- Graduate Sociology Student Association
- Neuroscience Graduate Student Union
- School for the Environment Association of Students
- School Psychology Club
- Society of Graduate Archaeologists
- Student Ambassador Council
- Sustainable Scientists (Graduate)
- UMB International Nursing Student Association
- Women in Science
For more information about any of these RPAs, please see https://umb.collegiatelink.net/Organizations