Graduate Association of Sociologists (G.A.S.)
The Graduate Association of Sociologists (GAS) is a student organization set up to promote the personal, professional, and academic development of graduate sociology students. GAS also provides a forum for graduate sociology students to discuss their collective concerns. In this capacity GAS functions to:
- Act as a resource for student questions regarding student life and any issues that may arise during the course of the semester.
- Serve as a liaison between faculty and students. In this capacity, GAS meets with the department chair twice during the semester. Additionally, a GAS representative attends faculty meetings to distribute meeting minutes to students.
- Provide travel funds for students who travel to conferences.
- Organize social events periodically throughout the semester to bring students together in a casual atmosphere of fun and camaraderie.
GAS meets once a month to discuss any questions, comments or concerns of the students. Meetings are open to any student who wishes to raise a question or bring an issue to the attention of GAS members. Meetings for the Spring 2011 semester will typically be held on the first Tuesday of every month at 5:30 PM in the fourth floor lounge of Coffey Hall.
GAS is proud to offer a limited amount of travel assistance for presenters and attendees of professional conferences. Both presenters and attendees need to submit a reimbursement form and receipts for conference registration. Additionally, presenters will need to submit a receipt for membership and a photocopy of your presentation(s) from the conference program.
Application for Reimbursement
Applicants are encouraged first to apply to funds from the Graduate School.
GAS organizes a variety of casual and professional social events throughout the year. Typical events include an annual Fall Welcome Picnic, Town Hall Q&A with the department chair, holiday parties, brown bag lunches, post-colloquium ‘happy hours’ and celebratory end-of-the-semester dinners. If you have an idea for an event, please contact a GAS member.
Fall 2011 Calendar of Events
Friday, September 23rd: Following Colloquium, G.A.S. is inviting graduate students to join for a
social hour at Hamilton’s Bar on Broadway Avenue just south of the university. It has been said by many of our advanced graduate students that Hamilton’s has the “best tater tots” in Chicago. Come join us and see if that is true.
Friday, September 30th: Following Colloquium, join G.A.S. for a social hour at the custard shop,
Lickety Split on the corner of Broadway and Glenlake, just south of the university. We recognize that not all like the “bar” scene for social events and are committed to sponsoring alternatives such as anearly dessert at custard.
Thursday, October 9th, 6:00PM: Sociology Club is hosting an “Urban Adventure.” We will be
travelling to the Argyle stop for dinner and ice-cream and a discussion around neighborhood change and gentrification. Graduate students are invited to join in the dinner and conversation. Contact Lucas, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about this event. Note: time is approximate, more information to follow.
Friday, October 21st: Graduate Student Town Hall Meeting: Our chair, Dr. Rhys Williams, annually cosponsors a town hall meeting with the graduate students. This event is an opportunity for us to raise questions to the department regarding concerns that may have come up over the past year. Look for more information about a) how to submit questions and b) the time and location of the event. Dinner will be provided.
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