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.

Important Dates and Updates

Important deadlines/intakes:
GSA Bursary opens from October 12 to 26
Professional Development Grant opens from November 2 to 16
2019-20 Annual Report
Read the GSA 2019-20 Annual Report HERE
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GSA By-election for the Associate Vice President Labour

The GSA is hosting a by-election for the Associate Vice President Labour on November 9 and 10. Nomination period is open from October 16 to 28. Take the lead and represent the academically employed graduate students at the University of Calgary.

See details of the position and download the nomination form from the GSA Elections page: www.gsa.ucalgary.ca/elections

Mental Health Support: Empower Me program by StudentCare

Students covered by the GSA Health Plan have access to Empower Me—a mental health and wellness service that seeks to contribute to a resilient student community by supporting existing on-campus and Studentcare mental health resources. Empower Me allows students to connect with qualified counsellors, consultants, and life coaches for a variety of issues. 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.

If you are an international student continuing your studies from 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

Join our Committees and Subcommittees:
If you are looking for opportunities to get involved and give back, this is your chance. The GSA is recruiting for members for most of our Committees and Subcommittees. Find the details of these committees and their recruitment process on the GSA Current Volunteer Opportunities page.

Get Involved


Health & Dental

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

Financial Support

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


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

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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