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The Council of Graduate Students (COGS) is the student organization that represents, advocates for, informs, facilitates communications among, and supports graduate students (most students who are seeking a research degree: a Ph.D. or a Masters that is associated with a Ph.D. program) Learn More



The Friday ID Commons comes to Monday! 

Join Vice Provost and Dean Henning Schroeder over lunch on Monday, March 30, to network and share your experiences and ideas regarding interdisciplinary graduate education.  For more information and to register, see Dialogue with the Dean.


Faculty and Leadership Nominations

Nominations for the 2015 Outstanding Faculty Award, and Timothy J. Salo Leadership Award are now being accepted. Applications are found at the following links:

Outstanding Faculty Award

Timothy J. Salo Leadership Award

The deadline for nominations is 5PM March 6, 2015. Please email with any questions.


Career Networking Event

On March 27, the Graduate School will host a Career Networking Event. This event will provide the opportunity for graduate students to meet representatives from industry, business, government and non-profits – up to 80 companies and organizations are expected to attend.

More information about the Graduate School Career Networking Event can be found here.


Graduate Student Bill of Rights

The Council of Graduate Students  is drafting a Graduate Student Bill of Rights. The Graduate Student Bill of Rights will contain statements that further delineate their rights: Graduate Students as Students; Graduate Students as Employees; Graduate Students as Junior Colleagues; Graduate Students as Members of the University Community at Large.  A current draft of the document can be found by following the link below.

Download this WORD draft of the Graduate Student Bill of Rights



Find the COGS blog here

All the graduate students are encouraged to sign the online petition for Graduate Student fees