GSA Summer Office Hours

Please note that as of Monday, May 10th GSA will be on summer hours:

Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 4:00pm, closed on Friday (closed for lunch daily 1:00 – 2:00pm)

Regular business hours will resume with the start of the Fall semester on Monday, August 30th.

Application Deadline Extended: GSA Job Posting for MDRF Director

The GSA is currently hiring an MDRF Director for the 2021-2022 academic year.  A detailed description of the position is attached.  If you are interested, please email the required materials listed to the GSA Vice President, Emily Novak, at by Friday, April 23rd in order to be considered.  Training for the position will begin in early May and run through June.  The position will begin on July 1st, 2021 and will run through July 31st, 2022.  Applicants must be currently enrolled graduate students and must be able to serve for the full term of the position.

GSA Officer Election Results

The GSA Election Committee is pleased to announce the results of the 2021-2022 GSA Officer Elections:

J Coley: 197
(32 abstentions)

Vice President:
Jennifer Schechter Powrie: 195
(34 abstentions)

Joshua Joseph: 203
(26 abstentions)

These elected candidates will officially take office on June 1, 2021.

Thank you to all of the graduate students who participated in the vote!


GSA Election Committee

Daniel Duran (EC Chair)
Tania Islam (EC)
Xingyu Chen (EC)
Mi Jin Jung (EC)
Gursimran Singh (EC)

Happy Retirement Gena!

As of April 1st, Gena Zimmerman has officially retired from the Graduate Student Association.  We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Gena and thank her for her 46 years of dedicated service to the organization.  The help and guidance she has provided to graduate students over the course of her career has been invaluable.  We wish her all the best as she starts this new chapter in her life!

Until further notice, please send all GSA related correspondence to Stephanie George at, or to any of the GSA E-board members if you need assistance.  Thank you.

New GSA Editorial Chat!

Do you have a quick question for a copyeditor that doesn’t require submitting a full document? GSA Editorial is now offering a free live chat feature on our website. Staffed by our editors, this chat can be used for:

The chat is live! You should receive an answer to your editorial question within five minutes.

Want to chat with us? You can find us here:

Available to all graduate students who have paid the mandatory GSA activity fee.

(Chat hours starting March 16, 2021)

GSA Candidates and Officer Election Information

GSA Officer Elections will take place online April 12th – 15th, 2021 via a link on the GSA website (

Your Candidates for 2021-2022 GSA E-Board are:

For President:

J Coley- J for UB GSA President: Providing Leadership, Experience, and Dedication in a time of Uncertainty

For Vice President:

Jennifer Schechter Powrie– A tested and excellent student leader with experience and passion for the job.

For Treasurer:

Joshua Joseph– Bank on me I’ll treasure your vote! Turning cents into dollars, it all adds up!

The official Candidate Q&A will take place during the Wednesday, April 7th Board of Directors Meeting at 6:30pm, which will be live streamed via YouTube.

Vacancy Notice and Call for Nominations

Due to the resignation of Connor Walters as Vice President, there is a vacancy in the Graduate Student Association’s Executive Committee.

Please note as stated in the GSA By Laws:

“In the case of removal or resignation of any officer, said officer shall be replaced by a vote of the Board from any willing graduate students in attendance who have attended and signed in at two Board meetings within the past twelve months during the meeting at which the replacement election is held.”

Effective immediately, there is a call for nominations to permanently fill this position through the end of the current term, which is May 31, 2021.

Please send all nominations to the GSA President, J Coley at

Living Stipend Movement Fee Boycott

Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay!

As graduate workers, we at the Living Stipend Movement strongly believe that we should never be subjected to broad-based fees by our own employer. Join us in pledging to boycott graduate fees for the Spring 2021 semester, or sign in solidarity if you are unable to withhold fees and/or are willing to contribute to the forthcoming Boycott Protection Fund. Sign the pledge here!

For more information, see our FAQ page, or email us to get involved!

GSA Officer Elections: Candidate Petition Packets Now Available

Call for Candidates

On April 12 – 15, 2021 the following offices will be filled through a general election of graduate students at UB:




The stipends for each of these positions is currently $14,500, but this amount may be increased as part of the GSA Board of Directors’ approved budget for 2021-2022 (which will be voted on at the April 7th Board of Directors meeting).  Elected officers must be present and available to serve in the duties of their office from June 1, 2021 until May 31, 2022.

Any student enrolled in a department that is currently represented by GSA, who is in good academic standing, and has attended one Board of Directors meeting in the past twelve months prior to becoming a candidate and attends the February 3rd and March 3rd Board meetings shall be eligible to run for office.

*Please note that international students holding an assistantship or any other employment will be restricted by federal work regulations and may not be eligible to run for office under United States Law.*

Petition packets for candidacy are now available by email request and are due back to the Election Committee Chair by Friday, February 26, 2021 at 4:30pm.  Absolutely NO late submissions will be accepted.

All prospective candidates must attend a mandatory meeting with members of the Election Committee where the Election Rules and Regulations will be handed out and reviewed.  Meetings will be arranged between prospective candidates and the Election Committee to occur between Thursday, March 4, 2021 and Thursday, March 11, 2021.

Please contact the Election Committee Chair, Daniel Duran ( to request a petition packet, or to inquire about the details of the application procedure and formalities.