Graduate & Professional Student Association

About Us

What does GPSA do for Graduate & Professional Students?

The Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) represents FAU's graduate and professional student population.  We advocate for the interests of graduate and professional students University-wide and strive to enrich their experiences.

GPSA provides and advocates for:

  • Academic support resources
  • Social programming
  • Professional & Leadership development
  • Conference travel funding
  • Networking opportunities
  • Support Services for Graduate & Professional Student Organizations (GPSOs)

We act as a conduit for the resolution of the needs and concerns unique to FAU graduate and professional students by coordinating our efforts with the Graduate College, Student Government, University administration, faculty from individual colleges, and the external community.  We also allocate and manage funding for graduate and professional student organizations events and activities. 

The GPSA is comprised of three campus based councils with oversight from the GPSA Board.  The Boca Raton GPSA, Broward GPSA and Northern GPSA work on campus-based issues while coordinating events and activities for their respective graduate student populations. For additional information about the programing we do, please email us at

The GPSA Office in located in Room 234, Boca Raton Student Union.  It boasts a small graduate and professional resources library such as test preparation guidebooks, interviewing tips, dissertation support, financial advice, and more.  Promotional items are in as well! Stop by the GPSA office to pick up some great items, free, just for graduate and professional students.

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Call for Nominations

Selection Process:

Nominations should be completed online by November 7th, 2014 at 5pm. Please refer to specific award announcements for eligibility rules. 

Finalist will be contacted no later than November 14th, 2014. The winners will be announced at the Owl Awards Ceremony on November 21, 2014 at 6 p.m. in the FAU Stadium, Acura Club. Any questions regarding the awards and/or selection process should be directed to the Graduate & Professional Student Association (


Graduate and Professional Student Leader of the Year

The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding graduate and professional students at Florida Atlantic University who have excelled as student leaders.

Graduate and Professional Student Organization of the Year

The Year award recognizes the organization that displays overall excellence and whose goals assisted in the enrichment and service to the FAU community.

Outstanding Academic Advisor of the Year

The award recognize faculty who have demonstrated excellence in advising in the FAU graduate and professional community.

Organization Advisor of the Year

The Advisor of the Year Award is given to a student club/organization advisor that exemplifies the qualities of a positive role model, providing support and encouragement, in addition to helping students with event planning.

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year

The Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the Year Award recognizes annually the accomplishments of TAs who have demonstrated unusual excellence and creativity in their teaching and commitment to student learning.

Graduate Assistant of the Year

This award recognized a student who has excelled in supporting students and services at FAU in their capacity as a GA.

Graduate and Professional Student Volunteer of the Year

This award recognizes graduate or professional students who have exhibited exemplary service and outstanding volunteerism.

Excellence in Research Award

This award is focused on students who have distinguished themselves in research.



 Last Modified 11/18/14