Welcome to the Graduate Students’ Association of the University of Calgary!

The GSA is the voice of University of Calgary graduate students at the UCalgary and to all levels of government. The GSA supports UCalgary graduate students to succeed academically and socially through valued programs and services and responsive communication channels. 


Health & Dental

The GSA has partnered with Studentcare to provide graduate students with extended health and dental coverage.

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Financial Support

The GSA financially supports graduate students with bursaries, Quality Money and grants.

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We organize multiple social and wellness events as well as distribute discounted tickets for local attractions.

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We negotiate with the University to outline the rights and responsibilities of academically-employed graduate assistants and their employers.

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Important Dates and Events

  • Anti-Asian Racism Statement by the GSA and the GSA Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee
  • Health and Dental Plan Change of Coverage period for graduate students starting their academic year in May: April 26 - May 14, 2021 (See details here)
  • Are you a teaching assistant? Learn more about UCalgary's Teaching Assistance Resources from Taylor Institute here. Resources are updated monthly.

2019-20 Annual Report
Read the GSA 2019-20 Annual Report HERE

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Apply for Chair and Vice Chair positions of the GSA’s Committees and Subcommittees

Do you want to make a difference in graduate student life? The GSA is recruiting our Senior Leadership Team Chairs and Vice Chairs for the 2021-2022 academic year! Learn about these committees, subcommittees and the Chair and Vice Chair positions in this document.

Apply for leadership position(s) that interest you! You can submit an application for up to three position(s) in this Qualtrics form here: https://survey.ucalgary.ca/jfe/form/SV_3RiATitWNEYjSbs

Please note: You will be asked to attach a resume at the end of the form.

The application deadline is Friday, May 21 at 4:30 pm


2020-21 GSA Awards Recipients

The GSA is honoured to present the GSA Awards recipients for the 2020-21 academic year.

This year, the GSA would like to honour 44 individuals who have gone above and beyond to support UCalgary graduate students. From setting up valuable virtual online workshops and symposiums to reforming the admission system for Black and racialized applicants, these individuals have shown their strong leadership and dedication to the success of graduate students.

View the list of 2020-21 GSA Awards Recipients here.


Financial Support

If you are in need of extra fund for your student project, personal expenses, or academic endeavours, the GSA has you covered. Learn about our various financial support programs designed to ensure your success in graduate school.

  • Emergency Bursary - Open year-round
  • GSA Support Bursary - Open year-round
View details of GSA Financial Support

We'd like to hear from you!

Are you a TA this Fall? We want to hear from you!
As Graduate Teaching Assistants (GATs) plan for the Fall semester, we would like to hear from you your concerns so that we may better advocate on your behalf. 
Complete our survey before Sept. 10: Click here to go to survey

Thesis Talk Thursday
Read exciting research stories from your fellow #UCalgaryGradStudents every Thursday here: gsa.ucalgary.ca/thesis-talk

Mental Health Support: Empower Me program by StudentCare

It's straightforward to access Empower Me to connect with qualified counsellors, consultants, and life coaches. As a student covered by the GSA Health Plan, you're entitled to sessions delivered in person, by telephone, by video-counselling, or by e-counselling.

Call 1-833-628-5589 to be connected right away or to be matched with a counsellor, consultant, or life coach on a variety of issues. You can also connect with Empower Me through the EAP Optima mobile app, available for download from the App Store and Google Play.  To create your account on the app, use this access code: 45295QG40

If you are an international student continuing your studies from your home country, you may still have access to the Empower Me service via toll-free numbers or by scheduling video/e-counselling sessions. Please check the FAQ to determine if Empower Me is available from your country.  

Please note that if you access your Empower Me service, you won’t be able to opt out of the GSA Health Plan retro-actively in July 2021 as that usage will be counted as a usage of the GSA Health Plan.

Find more information about the Empower Me Service at the Empower Me website or the FAQ

Empower Me

Volunteer with the GSA

The GSA offers many opportunities to volunteer. Expand your resume and become involved in the graduate student community.
View current volunteer opportunities here: Current Volunteer Opportunities

  • Members of the GSA Newcomers and International Students Subcommittee - Deadline: January 22, 2021
  • Members of University Appeals Committee (UAC) and University Appeals Tribunal (UAT) - Deadline: January 20, 2021
Get Involved

The 2021-2022 GSA Board of Directors

Vice President
Finance & Service

Kabita Baral

Vice President

Kirsten Neprily

Tanille Shandro

Vice President
Student Life

Mary Zhang

Vice President

Alex Paquette

Learn about #UCalgaryGradStudents

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