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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 2015 Graduate Research Symposium Registration Open

What Lurks Around the Corner: Perceptions of Threat in Today's World 

Taking place on April 3, 2015 in Walter Hall 402, the symposium aims to present research that considers the causes and/or consequences of percieved sources of threat, as well as responses to these perceptions. The symposium will feature keynote speaker Steven Schlozman. Schlozman is currently the Associate Director of Training for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program at the MGH/McLean Program in Child Psychiatry, and Co-Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry for Harvard Medical School. Schlozman is the author of The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks from the Apocalypse, a nov- el depicting a medically plausible scenario for a zombie apocalyptic plague.

Register via Eventbrite here.

More information regarding the research symposium, and surrounding events can be found here.

Click here for the full schedule of the symposium events.


Family and Friends Bowling

Graduate Students at the University of Minnesota! Bring your friends and family to the annual COGS bowling get together! We'll have bowling, shoe rental, food, drinks, pool, WII U, XBOX 360, PLAYSTATION 3 and much more, something for everyone. A truly interdisciplinary event of social interaction across disciplines. - all free! Come and join us! Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM in Goldy's Game Room, Coffman Union

Please RSVP via Eventbrite here.


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.


Graduate Student Appreciation Event - Minnesota TimberWolves vs Orlando Magic

The Council of Graduates Students and the Graduate and Professional Student Association invite you check out the Minnesota Timberwolves vs. the Orlando Magic at the Target Center on Friday, April 3 from. 7:00 Pm to 10:00 PM for free! This is a community building event for Graduate and Professional Student to socially interact in an NBA atmosphere and Check out the 2014-15 Minnesota team that is loaded with talented players.

RSVP to this event via Eventbrite here.


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