About the GPSC

How Our Organization is Structured

Officially formed in 2018, the Graduate-Professional Student Congress exists to serve all graduate and professional students at the University of Arkansas by improving their lives, career, and research.

Official GPSC Committees

To best promote the interests of graduate and professional students across the university, the GPSC Assembly organizes multiple committees to focus on the various and disparate needs of our constituents. See below for a quick description of each Legislative Committee and a listing of its members.

Research Council
The mission of the Research Council is to advocate and promote graduate student research at the University of Arkansas by providing research opportunities through our annual colloquium and bi-annual research grants.

Co-Chairs

Members

  • Ajibola Bakare
  • Prathamesh Bandekar
  • Lucy Bowland
  • Anthony (A.G.) Holdier
  • Tai Huynh
  • Olivia Kolenc
  • Dani Maynard
  • Ragita Pramudya
Academic and Teaching Committee

This committee works to support graduate students as both students  and teachers by providing and promoting training, collaboration, and resources.

Chair
Members
  • Erica Nicolas
  • Anthony Sargenti
  • Tatum Simms
  • Morgan Middlebrooks
Diversity and Inclusion Committee
In an effort to create a more inclusive and welcoming campus for all graduate and professional students, this committee advocates and provides a voice to underrepresented graduate and professional students at the University of Arkansas.
Co-Chairs
Members
  • Tai Huynh
  • Leah Johnston
  • Dana McGee
  • Morgan Middlebrooks
  • Erica Nicolas
  • Ragita Pramudya
  • Jake Steggerda
Facilities Committee
This committee aims to make recommendations, advocate, and improve the daily student experience of graduate students in our campus facilities by working closely with the Transit, Parking, and Traffic committee at the University of Arkansas.
Chair
Members
  • Kyle Murray
  • Prathamesh Bandekar
  • Charlton Troutner
Finance Committee
This committee oversees expenditures of the GPSC. In addition, the Committee reviews and recommends applications for Travel Awards and Professional and Internship Grant Sponsorships to the Assembly.
Chair
Members
  • Silas Heffley
  • Keia Jones
  • Olivia Kolenc
  • Hannah Lundry
  • Timothy Schoonover
  • Jodi Simeon
  • Rachel Slank
Grad Life Committee
This committee oversees concerns and initiatives for graduate students in Academics, Wellness, Diversity and Inclusion, Outreach, and Social Engagement.
Chair
Members
  • Prathamesh Bandekar
  • Hayden Carlton
  • Katherine Dupree
  • Dennis Felton, Jr.
  • Justin Gunderman
  • Keia Jones
  • Sergi Kolomeitsev
  • Dana McGee
  • Cadi Morrison
Policy and Procedures Committee
This committee assembles and documents the existing policies and procedures of the GPSC in a format that provides historical perspective, ensured continuity of purpose, and facilitated training for new GPSC Executive members, committee chairs, and committee and assembly members
Chair
Members
  • Erica Nicolas
  • Jesse Kloss
  • Rachel Slank

The University of Arkansas GPSC is an organizational member of the NAGPS, SouthCentral Division