Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) provides programs and services to enrich the graduate student experience and promotes, supports, and represents graduate student interests and values. The GSA sponsors two main events annually to enhance student experience and showcase student achievements, the Graduate Student Research Symposium and the Graduate Student Awards Banquet. The GSA also meets monthly to provide a forum for graduate students to network with peers, learn of valuable campus support services, and express concerns on both academic and non-academic issues. For more information email

To submit questions or concerns to the GSA, please visit the GSA Contact Portal or email them directly at


Announcements & News

Please visit Cowbell Connect to stay up to date on current GSA news and announcements.


2022-2023 GSA Officers

President – KarLee McNeel
Vice President – Chaturanga Rathnamalala
Vice President of Meridian Affairs – Margaretta Campbell
Secretary – Amy Wilber
Treasurer – Ashik Amin
Technology and Marketing Coordinator – Shaylin Williams
Service and Outreach Coordinator – Chiquita Price


In addition to the GSA Officers, one representative from each department and program, known as Departmental Representatives, form the Graduate Student Council (GSC). The GSA requests up to three nominations from Graduate Coordinators of each program by August 31, and selects the representative for the upcoming academic year. For more information, please email the GSA at



2022-2023 Graduate Student Association meetings will be held the 3rd Thursday of the month from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

For current meeting information, events and the GSA Officers, please visit the Graduate Student Association Cowbell Connect page or follow the GSA on social media (Facebook - “Graduate Student Association - Mississippi State University”, Twitter and Instagram - @msstate_gsa)

2022-2023 Monthly GSA Meeting Dates

Thursday, August 18, 2022
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Thursday, October 20, 2022
Thursday, November 17, 2022
Thursday, January 19, 2023
Thursday, February 16, 2023
Thursday, March 23, 2023 (changed due to Spring break)
Thursday, April 20, 2023


Events and Programs

Graduate Student Association Department Representative

Graduate Student Research Symposium

Graduate Student Event Weeks

  • Appreciation Week – April 15 to 21, 2023
  • GSA Awards Types (both found on Cowbell Connect):
    • Nominations for 2023 Graduate Advisor and Mentor of the Year - Nominations are due by March 10.
    • 2023 GSA Graduate Student Excellence Award - Applications due by March 10. 
    • You must be signed in to see both forms

Graduate Student Award Banquet