Yes, we know you're busy, but...
...the following organizations and committees provide ways for graduate students to meet other grads, share ideas, have some fun, and even make a tangible impact on university policy. Furthermore, the required time commitment for most organizations is low. Check out the list below for ideas or contact the Coordinator for Graduate Student Life at firstname.lastname@example.org for an email on in-person consult.
There are over 500 registered student organizations including more than 70 registered graduate student organizations at the University of Maryland and all are open to any registered University of Maryland student.
Graduate Student Government (GSG)
Graduate Student Government is the graduate student governmental body charged with serving and representing all graduate students at the University of Maryland. You can run for an executive office, serve as a representative from your department, sit on a number of GSG committees, or simply attend monthly GSG Assembly meetings.
University Senate is the principal governing body for the University of Maryland. While similar to faculty senates at some colleges, the University Senate includes faculty, students and staff members. There are 9 voting graduate members.
Campus committees receive relatively little fanfare or publicity but tend to be where most campus-wide policy decisions are made.
Community Service Learning
A great resource for volunteering your time both on and off of campus.
Outdoor Recreation Group Leader
Outdoor Rec. is looking for people to help lead trips like kayaking, hiking, wall climbing and other activities. No previous experience needed. On the job training is provided.
Student Honor Council
The Honor Council deals with issues of academic integrity on campus. It is critical that graduate students be on the Council to hear cases, especially when they involve graduate students. Select the above link for more information or contact: HonorCouncil@umd.edu.
University Student Judiciary
Members of the Central Judicial Board hear the University's most serious non-academic conduct cases which may result in a suspension or expulsion from the University. It's important for graduate students to serve on the Judiciary, especially when cases involve graduate student conduct.
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