Graduate Student Organizations

Graduate Association of Political Scientists (GAPS)

(Above: 2012-2013 GAPS Co Presidents Ben Peterson, Molly Reynolds and Jeremy Gelman)

GAPS exists to improve the life of graduate students in the University of Michigan’s Department of Political Science.  To this purpose, GAPS

  • works with faculty to make graduate student concerns heard and addressed, particularly in respect to:

            curriculum development
            faculty hiring
            technological services
            research opportunities
            funding

  • engenders a positive climate for students of all races, creeds, genders, sexual orientations, and abilities
  • encourages professional development, for both academic and non-academic careers
  • eases first-years’ transition to graduate student life
  • facilitates communication between different graduate student organizations
  • promotes a culture of participation
  • increases student awareness of existing UM and departmental resources
  • helps develop collegial relations between graduate students, and between graduate students, faculty, and staff
  • works to make UM the top political science department, including assisting in recruitment efforts

Political Scientists of Color

The purpose of Political Scientists of Color (PSOC) is to provide a network of political scientists interested in creating and maintaining a supportive academic and professional environment in the Department of Political Science regardless of race or ethnic background. PSOC seeks to foster a sense of community among political science graduate students of color at the University of Michigan and to advocate their concerns and interests on campus and in the community at-large. As such, this organization sponsors several department-wide professional development meetings and events that will help enable students to pursue a successful career in the field of political science.  PSOC also advocates for the recruitment and retention of graduate students and faculty of color in the department.  Additionally, our organization is active in hosting distinguised guest speakers, with the goal of increasing the awareness of the university community to the many contributions of scholars of color to the discipline.  We happily hosted Dr. Lisa Garcia Bedolla from UC-Berkeley in November of 2010!

Click here to link to the Website.  

Women's Caucus

Women's Caucus is an organization that offers monthly brown bag
lunches with women professors and women graduate students to discuss
the difficulties of academia for women and strategies for being
successful and coordinates frequent meetings among the women graduate
students to provide support and networking opportunities.