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

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

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GSA By-election for the VP External position

The GSA is hosting a By-election for the VP External position of the GSA. The nomination period opens from April 1 to 16. Find the nomination form on the GSA Elections page: gsa.ucalgary.ca/elections

Want to know more about this position?

The VP External is responsible for activities related to student advocacy, government relations, community engagement and outreach, as well as, jointly with the President, media and communications. This position is supported by other executives and GSA staff, especially the Research and Advocacy Analyst. The VP External is a voting member of the GSA’s Board of Directors and helps enforce the by-laws of the organization. The VP External is expected to be working approximately 10-15 hours per week.

Meet with Christine to learn more about this role on Wednesday, April 7 at 1 pm. Email Christine at vpext.gsa@ucalgary.ca to get the Zoom link.

GSA Elections page

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 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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