Whether you need to advertise an event, nominate for an award, or want to join us, you can find relevant information here.


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Awards and Recognition

Know someone who deserves some recognition? Nominate someone for the Gwendolyn Harrison Smith Award at HeelLife today!

The Gwendolyn Harrison Smith Community Award was established in 2017 in memory of Gwendolyn Harrison Smith, the first woman of color to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the first graduate student woman of color at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill as Mrs. Smith’s efforts to enroll in the University had a significant impact on our community, opening doors, not only for women of color but for minorities of all identities.
The Community Award shall be given to a graduate or professional student who has contributed to the greater graduate and professional community (a) by advocating for the rights of the graduate and professional student community and (b) by supporting and/or increasing the diversity of the GPSF community and organization.
Additionally, The GPSF Senate may also select one additional awardee each year to present with an honorary Community Award, that awardee either being a former Graduate and Professional Student or a current faculty or staff member who has made significant contributions in the targeted areas.


Interested in federal policy?

Want to improve the experience of graduate and professional student across the country? Join the Student Advocates for Graduate Education (SAGE) Coalition’s working groups for the 2018-2019 academic year! Working group topics include federal research funding, student finance, data management & security, immigration, student health, gender equity & sexual harassment, and internal research/peer institution bench-marking. Want to know more? Email chair.sage@gmail.com.

If you’re interested in working with us either a Cabinet director, an External Appointment, Executive Board member, or Auxiliary member:


The Executive board is made up of the Chief of Staff, Chief of External Relations and Advocacy, Treasurer, Vice President, and the Secretary. Applications are reviewed by the President following April elections. Applications can be found here and on the Executive Branch page of this site, through March 19th, 2019.


Cabinet directors are responsible for and advocating on specific topics and organizing events in specific areas of Graduate and Professional Student life on campus. Cabinet positions become available, yearly, in the spring. Applications are available on the Cabinet page on this site and here.


External appointments are seats held by GPSF members on cross-campus boards and organizations. They deal with everything from fee approval to wellness, the academic calendar, and transportation. Applications stay open until seats are filled, spring through fall. Applications will be made available on the External Appointments page.


Auxillary positions include the Comptroller and the Solicitor General. These positions become available during the spring, following elections in April. Applications will be made available on the Auxiliary page of this site.

Advertising with The GPSF

If you have an event at UNC or you’re interested in working with us to host one, let us know. Contact the GPSF Secretary and Public Relations and Marketing Director with questions or comments.

  • To request social media advertising, fill out this form at least 24-48 hours before your posting. Directions can be found in the form. Cabinet and Executive Board members should also add this event to the calendar here (see below).
  • To request newsletter mailings which are sent to all UNC graduate and professional Students, as well as being posted to social media accounts, directions can be found here. Then send your mailing to The GPSF Secretary by the Friday before the newsletter mailing. All newsletters are sent on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month.