School of
Graduate Studies

The Graduate Student Council (GSC) is an organization of UMKC graduate students whose focus is helping to support all graduate students' personal and professional growth. No matter your program or level of graduate study, we want to be a resource and a network for you.

The mission of the GSC is to promote, serve, and empower the UMKC graduate student community by addressing their scholarly, social, and professional growth needs. We want to make the graduate experience here at UMKC the best it can for everyone.

The UMKC Graduate Student Council (GSC) was formed in 2015 with the aim of providing an opportunity for graduate students to interact and support each other in their academic research endeavors. The GSC organizes a variety of social and academic programs throughout the year to promote the scholarly, social, and professional growth needs of our students.

Upcoming Events

Discover our upcoming council meetings, social events, seminars, workshops, and other activities that we organize or participate in. All events are kept on our RooGroups site, so join us as a member to receive communications and updates, as well as being able to RSVP.

GSC cabinet members with Assoc. Dean Dilks

The Art of Interdisciplinary Research

Guided by Dr. Linwood Tauheed, Assoc. Professor in Economics

Friday, September 15th, 1-2:30pm, tentative room is Flarsheim Hall 557.

Email with the subject line "Event Registration Request" to register for this event. Registration is required due to limited space.

Mental Health Awareness conference

November 3rd, 4th, and 5th

Events schedule coming soon.

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The GSC was established to serve and empower the graduate student community of UMKC. Comprised of a five-person elected cabinet and a 15-member executive committee, our council members come from diverse disciplines. 

Cabinet members:

  • President - Kiel Corkran
  • Vice President - Shannon Fuller
  • Secretary - Henry Ortiz
  • Treasurer - Prem Munaga
  • Media Coordinator - currently open. See "Get Involved" if interested in this role.

SGA Senators are Hyuna Kim and a second representative TBD.

Committee members by research area:

  • Administrative and Information Sciences - Yuki Ochi, Ashley Still, and Preethi Yeddula
  • Biological and Chemical Sciences - Three positions open.
  • Humanities and Arts - Rachel Forester. Two additional committee positions open.
  • Physical, Mathematical, Engineering, and Computer Sciences - Three positions open.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences - Three positions open.

Our initiatives showcase our ongoing projects and programs. Our projects span a variety of areas, aiming to promote and stimulate the highest academic and research endeavors.

Graduate Research Support Committee (working title): This proposed student-run committee aims to foster an inclusive and encouraging environment for all graduate researchers through networking, mentorship, and collaboration. Look for more information in the coming semesters regarding this committee and its workshops and student competitions.

Graduate Job Fair: We hope to invite companies around the KC area and the region to participate in a jobs fair specifically for our graduate student populations. This will include networking, as well as internship and job opportunities.

Fall/Spring Graduate Student Welcome Week: GSC will work to onboard new graduate students so they have resources in hand at the start of their time at UMKC. We also we have events designed to help students get familiar with the UMKC learning environment, such as how to use library systems, scholarships, etc. 

International Graduate Student Welcome Week: Additional to the full Graduate Student Welcome Week, we hope to plan specific events to focus more on issues surrounding the international graduate student experience. 

Graduate Outreach Initiative: Additional to the Admissions team recruiters at UMKC, we hope to disperse graduate students into the schools and community in the KC area with testimonials about their experiences in graduate school at UMKC. Let's show everyone what Roos do.

Look here for helpful links to various kinds of resources for graduate students.

Resource guides:

Learn how you can become a council member, volunteer for events, or participate in council activities.

The Council is always looking for assistance from fellow graduate students in serving on the executive board, cabinet, and committee. These individuals are charged with event planning and initiatives to improve the student experience. Current open positions include:

  • Three Executive Committee Representatives and Liaisons for Biological and Chemical Sciences
  • Two Executive Committee Representatives and Liaisons for Humanities and Arts
  • Three Executive Committee Representatives and Liaisons for Physical, Mathematical, Engineering, and Computer Sciences
  • Three Executive Committee Representatives and Liaisons for Social and Behavioral Sciences

We are also consistently looking for feedback! Please send us feedback on your UMKC experience. A Council representative will get back with you as soon as possible.

Coming soon.

Reach out to us!

  • Our RooGroups page is available 24/7.
  • The official email account is
  • GSC has a 3rd floor cubicle in the Student Union - office hours are 1-3pm Mondays, 12-1pm Tuesdays, 2:30-3:30pm Wednesdays, 9-11am and 3-5pm Thursdays, and 10am-3pm Fridays.

Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the council and its activities.

Transparency is one of our core values. Our meeting minutes provide detailed accounts of council meetings.