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Graduate Student Advisory Committee (GSAC)

The Department of Physics & Astronomy's Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) serves to provide support and advice to all current and prospective graduate students in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Utah, from the application process to course work, research, and graduation. More specifically, GSAC: 

  • Provides advice and council regarding coursework, research, graduation, and career planning for prospective, incoming, current, and defending graduate students
  • Makes recommendations to the department and university in the Retention, Promotion, & Tenure (RPT) process for departmental faculty
  • Organizes the Graduate Research Seminar and Graduate Student Socials
  • Provides recommendations and support in development of new departmental policy

For more information about GSAC, current and upcoming events, and more, please see below. If you have any questions, please contact us!

NSF-GRFP Seminar

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On October 7th, GSAC and the Director of Graduate Studies held a seminar to help prepare students for applying to the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP).


Grad Social Small Groups

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GSAC and the Grad Social Committee is excited to announce Grad Social Small Groups! This shift due to CoVID restrictions will allow smaller groups of students to connect over common interests such as rock climbing, hiking, video games, and more!


Graduate Research Seminar

presentationEach semester, GSAC hosts bi-weekly Graduate Research Seminars (GRS). GRS is a great professional development seminar series for graduate students! Historically, GRS has been a meeting time for graduate students to prepare and give presentations/talks in preparations for conferences, qualifying exams, dissertation defenses, etc. 

Click here to learn more about grs

Graduate Student Socials

stock socialGSAC is excited to continue partnering with the Grad Social Committee to host Graduate Student Socials! Because of CoVID restrictions, GSAC and the Grad Social Committee have shifted gears to provide a new type of social event, the Grad Social Small Groups! 

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GSAC Leadership

Each year, GSAC holds elections with the entire graduate student body to elect new GSAC leadership and members. Each official position is a one-year term, and graduate students are invited to serve in either official positions or as general officers. 

Click here to meet current gsac members!

Contact GSAC

GSAC always welcomes graduate students to contact us regarding questions, comments, or concerns. We meet with prospective and incoming students to discuss planning and managing coursework, choosing research groups, campus life, and more.

Please email us at to contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns. We have not yet established an anonymous method of contacting us, but this will be set up in the future.

Click here to read more about contacting gsac!

Last Updated: 10/15/20