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

  • GSA Peer Beyond Graduate Research Conference - Register to present HERE - Deadline: January 31
  • Images of Research Competition - Submit your research photo and abstracts to participate in the competition - Details HERE - Deadline: January 24
  • Health and Dental Plan Change of Coverage deadline for graduate students starting academic year in January: January 22 

GSA Grad Orientation - Winter 2021

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

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Apply for GSA Awards!

Know a graduate student or an administrator that displays exceptional leadership skills to  improve the student experience at the UCalgary? Submit an nomination or application for the following GSA Awards:

  • Excellence Awards
  • Emerging Leader Award
  • Leadership Award
  • Graduate Student Sustainability Award*
  • Graduate Representative Council Initiative Award

Deadline to apply is February 1.

*Deadline for the Graduate Student Sustainability Award is February 3.

Visit our website for terms of reference and application forms: gsa.ucalgary.ca/awards

View details of GSA Awards

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
  • Professional Development Grant - Winter Intake: February 1 to 15, 2021
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 2020-2021 GSA Board of Directors

Vice President
Finance & Service

Kabita Baral

Vice President

Christine Cao

Tanille Shandro

Vice President
Student Life

Mary Zhang

Vice President

Alex Paquette

Learn about #UCalgaryGradStudents

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