Graduate Student Association
The University of Tulsa supports a number of student-led organizations, so that students can share their interests and experiences with other students who have similar backgrounds. Graduate students at TU have a number of opportunities to participate in student organizations specifically created for graduate students.
From American Indian Princess to Schoolgirl
Elizabeth Thompson, a 2008 doctoral graduate from the University of Tulsa Department of English, has brought to light the little known past of American Indian girls and their experiences in the early American school system.
In 2007, Thompson received an American Dissertation Fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) in the amount of $20,000 to continue her research. She was one of 63 AAUW fellows nationwide to win the award that year and the only one from a university in Oklahoma.
The nationally competitive year-long fellowship supported Thompson as she completed her dissertation, "From Princess to Schoolgirl: American Indian Girls and Anglo Depictions of their Conversions." This project, which made extensive use of archival materials in TU's McFarlin Library's Special Collections, studied portrayals of Native American girls and young women in the British American colonies and United States through the early twentieth century.
"The Faculty of English are very proud of Elizabeth," said her dissertation director, Laura Stevens, associate professor of English. "We consider this prestigious award to be a sign of the excellent contributions she promises to make to the field, as well as of the growing prominence of our graduate program."
Graduate Student Association
GSA is a multipurpose organization designed to bring the graduate student community closer together. GSA hosts social and networking events to encourage interdisciplinary discussion between students, participates in community service events both on and off campus for community enrichment, teaches seminars on life skills, and promotes relationships between the undergraduate and graduate students by holding open events that allow undergraduates an opportunity to talk freely about graduate school.
Biology Graduate Student Association
The purpose of this organization is to promote communication and camaraderie between graduate students of biological sciences; provide opportunities to meet with professionals in the field; to provide opportunities for informal journal reviews; and to promote support from peers in the areas of research, academics, and professional presentations. Our mission is to enhance the experience of the graduate student in the biological sciences by providing professional and social support as well as unique learning opportunities.
English Graduate Student Association
Graduate Business Student Association
The Graduate Business Student Association (GBSA) is a student-operated organization open to all graduate business students attending the University of Tulsa.
The GBSA was founded in the fall of 2002 in order to achieve the following: promote interaction among graduate students in order to develop friendships, develop networking opportunities with companies and business professionals, serve as a source for communicating information about on-campus as well as off-campus events, and mentor new graduate students.
Graduate Student Archaeology Association
Graduate Students in Psychology
The purpose of GRASP is to promote a spirit of cooperation and cohesion – and not one of competition – between graduate students; to provide meaningful opportunities for both professional and personal growth; and to foster collaborative relationships between psychology faculty and students. All psychology graduate students, both I/O and Clinical, automatically become members of GRASP upon admission into the program. We are a student-run organization that advocates and addresses the various needs of graduate psychology students.