Physics and Astronomy:
Dept. Representative Responsibilities
Elections for department representatives occur in early October. An email announcement about departmental rep. elections will be sent to all graduate students.
The Graduate Student Council (GSC) is composed of a general council and executive board. The general council is made up of department representatives who represent every program in the Arts and Sciences, TDI, and Thayer. Each program elects 1 dept. rep for every 25 students in their program. Programs with 100+ students may only elect a maximum of 4 dept. reps to the GSC each school year.
Department representatives are responsible for:
- Attending the once/monthly GSC meeting (typically the first Tuesday of the month from 5:30pm-6:30pm.
- Joining one or more of the various GSC committees that are overseen by an executive board member. These committees plan the social events throughout the year, collaborate with other councils on student life issues, organize and host service and outreach projects, work with the College administration to bring about changes that improve the overall graduate student life experience here at Dartmouth, and more!
- Voting on all finance requests that are submitted by graduate students and GSC student organizations; thus, dept. reps make up the voting quorum at every meeting.
- Acting as the liaison between the broader graduate student body and their own individual programs. dept. reps communicate on what goes on at the GSC meetings by forwarding pertinent emails, flyers, word-of-mouth announcements, etc. to classmates and their program's leadership.
- Advocating on behalf of their constituents (their program peers) to the GSC and introduce topics and issues at meeting that the GSC should pursue, be aware of, or vote upon.
Department representatives are the backbone of the GSC; without them, communication between all the different graduate programs would suffer and the GSC itself would not be able to conduct business and voting. We appreciate our department representatives immensely!