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Graduate Student Advisory Board

The Division of Engineering and Applied Science (EAS) recognizes the value and importance of centering students' perspectives in the development, implementation, and assessment of programs intended to enhance the quality of life for all students. As such, a graduate student advisory board will be formalized to work in close collaboration with the Director of EAS Programs for Student Success (DPSS). The purpose of this EAS Graduate Student Advisory Board (GSAB) is to provide insights and feedback in order to achieve a continuing understanding of students' perspectives and program quality.

Role of the Student Advisory Board Members

The student advisory board members and DPSS will collaborate on outreach and programmatic efforts focused on holistic student services. Board members will assist in the development of new programs by sharing insights, recommendations, and feedback. Board members will also serve as ambassadors to the Divisional programs, providing a connection to and ongoing exchange of information and ideas within both graduate and undergraduate student populations.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Make recommendations to help assure that the program addresses the academic, social-emotional, and cultural needs of students.
  • Identify and present opportunities and/or host opportunities for community-building across the Division.
  • Serve as an ambassador and advocate to the program(s), providing a connection to and ongoing exchange of information and ideas with all EAS students.
  • Provide feedback, advice, and/or assistance with a variety of program-driven tasks and/or projects.
  • Be informed about the programs and assist with marketing and promotion.
  • Maintain a comprehensive understanding of campus proceedings, resources, and services to facilitate a supportive and well-informed student community; participate in training.
  • Provide logistical support for Divisional events and outreach activities.
  • Attend board meetings, create minutes and publish them for review by the broad student population.
  • Assist in the identification and recruitment of new board members.

Personal Characteristics

  • Ability to: analyze, suggest creative solutions, collaborate with the group, and provide constructive feedback.
  • Willing to: prepare for and attend board meetings; ask questions; share ideas, perspective, and experiences.
  • Possess: openness to differing views; a friendly, responsive, and patient approach; engagement skills; a developed sense of values; concern for and interest in supporting other students.


There will be 9-11 members of the advisory board drawn from all options in the EAS Division. Advisory board members will serve for one year, with the opportunity to serve for one additional year.

Application and Selection

Students interested in serving on this advisory board must complete the application form. The EAS DEI Sub-Committee will review nominations and will make recommendations on the board membership.

In subsequent years the standard timeline will align with the calendar year (January-December).

Professional Development Funds

In recognition of their service and contributions, prorated professional development funds of up to $1,200 (or $100 per month of service) will be issued to each board member at the end of their term of service.

Please direct questions and comments to Yazmin Gonzalez, director of EAS programs to student success at [email protected]