Graduate Student Association

University of Nevada, Reno

Grad Students: Journal Reviewers Needed

The University of Nevada-Reno would like to announce the launch of the Nevada State Undergraduate Research Journal (NSURJ). NSURJ is open to all undergraduates in all fields of research and hopes to promote civic engagement amongst students. This research journal focuses on undergraduate researchers in the Nevada System of Higher Education and hopes to showcase the brilliance of students, the integrity of­­ programs, and the quality of a Nevada education.

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To begin the process of publishing undergraduate articles, we ask for your assistance in promoting the journal to undergraduates. If you have students in your class, laboratory, or department that are involved in research, please encourage them to submit the results of their research to the journal at Submissions must be based on research that a student conducts as an undergraduate, and can be submitted up to one year after the student completes an undergraduate degree. All published articles will appear online and selected authors will be featured on the website.

If you know a graduate student or qualified NSHE faculty member who may be interested in offering their expertise to review submissions, please encourage them to contact Alex Sunderland at  or Kristina Pomerleau at to become an NSURJ referee. Referees will be asked to review blind copies of a student’s paper and must provide comments, suggestions, and an overall assessment on whether the paper is of sufficient academic rigor to be published.

We thank you for any assistance in promoting NSURJ to undergraduate students. We hope that NSURJ will provide a competitive edge in academia for all students in the Nevada System of Higher Education as well as prepare undergraduate students for graduate programs and careers beyond their undergraduate degree.

Nevada State Undergraduate Research Journal (NSURJ)

3rd Floor Joe Crowley Student Union | Mailstop 058

The University of Nevada, Reno

Reno, NV 89557


Kristina Pomerleau

Senior Co-Editor

Nevada State Undergraduate Research Journal

3rd Floor Joe Crowley Student Union | Mailstop 058

The University of Nevada, Reno

Reno, NV 89557

(775) 682-6257

April 2014 Newsletter

Spring is finally here! Let’s hope the weather cooperates! We have a few fun events to brag about this semester…

First, Spring Awards Banquet will be April 17th from 7-9 pm. There is over $55,000 in awards to be given to the winners. We are excited to report that we had over 250 excellent applicants. Next, on April 30th from 5-7pm is the Pub n Sub social. Pub n Sub is located at 1000 Ralston street. It is $5 with university graduate ID and government issued ID.

There will be food and drink while it lasts. If you would like, you can RSVP by clicking here.

We are also having our annual Family Day on April 26th in front of the Joe Crowley Student Union from 11 am to 2 pm. There will be food and drink while it lasts with fun games, activities, and a bounce house. Please bring university ID. Finally, we will be honoring the graduating graduate students this year at the annual Champagne Toast. It will be held in the Honor Court, in lower campus, from 7-9 pm on May 15th.  Check the pics of last year’s event. The first 50 Students on RSVP will receive an official GSA Nalgene bottle. (Student must be present to receive the  award)


Our graduate students are also doing great things in our community. There are two great opportunities worthy of your support:

  • Dean’s Future Scholars is organizing a Cinco de Mayo themed 5K fun run. It will take place on Saturday, May 3rd with a 9 am start time. All proceeds will go to support Dean’s Future Scholars 2014 summer academic program for low-income youth. You can register online or in person at 8am day of the event.
  • ASCENT Tutoring/Mentoring Program at Hugh High School is looking for tutors/mentors to help students with their proficiency exams. There are in need of tutors/mentors from 4/14 – 4/26. Tutoring sessions will be during the week from 2@:45-3:45 and on Saturdays from 8-11. Please contact

In other updates, GSA council elections for the 2014/2015 school year are taking place on web campus April 10th-14th. Log on and vote for your preferred candidates today!

Lastly, the deadline for summer travel award is May 1st. Please refer to our website for more information.

Our next council meeting will be on April 30th in the Rita Laden Senate Chambers in the JCSU at 7 pm.

As always, you can e-mail me directly with questions or comments at

RJ Boyajian, GSA President

Best wishes,


Cupcake Decorating Night

On Wednesday April 9th volunteers and community youth enjoyed creative bonding time on the UNR campus at the Cupcake Decorating night for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada. The event was sponsored and hosted by the Service Committee for the Graduate Student Association of UNR. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada is a vital resource in Reno, existing to better the quality of the lives of under-served children in our community. Seven matches (one volunteer and one youth each) attended, decorating cupcakes and making art together for two hours. There were plenty of bright and colorful supplies to go around. It was a party to celebrate the spring, and matches also finger-painted at the arts and crafts table, and everyone as a group played Spring-O (that’s Bingo to celebrate the spring) Every one won a prize and left the event with lots of goodies. Sometimes, children, especially the children in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, just need to do something fun, and have somewhere fun to go. And the volunteer Bigs putting their time and efforts toward these children every week were thankful to have a free, creative event to attend with their Littles, as well as to be able to meet and network with other volunteers in the program. The GSA Service Committee representative worked with Betty Flores, representative for BBBSNN to plan the successful event. For more information on BBBSNN feel free to visit their website.  IMG_6068

Joanna Boyd.

January 2014 GSA Newsletter

Dear Cohorts,

Welcome Back! As we start back in this New Year, I wanted to wish you a Happy New Year and a great start to the Spring Semester. There are a lot of things coming up this semester.
First, Spring Awards Banquet is a chance for graduate students to shine and receive scholarships and grants for their work. There is over $55,000 in awards to be given out! Please look at our website and apply!  On the same note, we are always looking for faculty and staff members to judge the application process. Please help us spread the word to your departments.

Second, GSA programs and services are always working for graduate students. Travel grants, for example, are being accepted now through February 3rd for travel through May 15th. If you are traveling to a conference, I encourage you to apply. Also, the household items program is always looking for donations but also has lots of great furniture too! Contact to set up a donation or to request furniture. As always, we continue to offer interest free computer loans, economic hardship grants and others. Please visit our website for more information.

Third, the university is considering mandatory health insurance for all graduate students. This would mean that you would be required to have the university student health insurance unless you can provide proof of other coverage. This is known as mandatory health insurance with a hard waiver. You could waive out only if you’re covered by other means. This could lower the cost of premiums and to ensure that the university can continue to pay for health insurance premiums for those on assistantships. Your GSA council representatives will have more information for you. We will also invite speakers on this subject to our GSA council meetings. If you are interested, please keep an eye out for the agenda and contact your GSA council representative.

Lastly, the GSA Service Committee is organizing a blood drive on 01/31/2014 at the Knowledge Center Rotunda from 10:30 am – 4:00 pm. To check if you qualify as a donor, please read this document . If you have any questions about scheduling appointments for the blood drive, please call Liz McFarland at 775-203-4755 or email Satyaki Kanjilal (SK). Please give the gift of life and support our community.

Blood Drive 2014

There will also be a number of social events planned this semester. Separate announcement e-mails will go out. I will also post them in the newsletter for the month. Our next council meeting will be on February 4th in the Rita Laden Senate Chambers in the JCSU at 7 pm. As always, you can e-mail me directly with questions or comments.

Best wishes,


RJ Boyajian, GSA President

November GSA Newsletter

Dear Friends and Cohorts,

As we near the Thanksgiving Week and Winter Break, I wanted to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. We have been hard at work in the GSA office, and I wanted to share with you some brief updates.
First, I wanted to encourage you to help GSA support our community by donating a gift for the Wish Tree. The gifts gathered from the Wish Tree will go to support the Washoe Innovations High School program where students come from low socio-economic backgrounds. How it works, is that you can visit any one of the trees (located on the 1st floor of the JCSU by Wells Fargo and on the 3rd floor at both the GSA and ASUN offices). Pick a tag, leave your information and tag information, and go! You can drop off the gift, which will be wrapped and presented to the child in need. The program runs from now until December 11th.

GSA Wish Tree 2013
Second, the GSA Service Committee is organizing a blood drive on 01/31/2014 at the Knowledge Center Rotunda. Satyaki is looking for donors, so if you are interested in saving lives, then please email Satyaki for more information. Please give the gift of life and support our community.

Wolfie Jr. at blood drive
Third, there have been some developments on the Fitness Center fee. As you know in my previous announcements, graduate students voted against the fee associated with the building of the fitness center and field houses, in addition to the universal membership, associated with them. Though overall students voted in favor of the measure, it will be presented as an opt-in membership for graduate students to the Board of Regents in the December meeting. The fee is comparable to what students pay now for membership, but is considerably more than the universal fee would have been.
Lastly, don’t forget about all the wonderful services and programs that GSA has. We continue to offer interest free computer loans, financial crisis grants, and travel awards. Additionally, keep a look out for our Spring Awards program which awards upwards of $55,000 to students.
Our next council meeting will be on December 3rd in the Rita Laden Senate Chambers in the JCSU at 7 pm. We will be in hiatus until the start of the Spring Semester on January 21st.
As always, you can e-mail me directly with questions or comments.

Best wishes,
RJ Boyajian
Graduate Student Association
University of Nevada, Reno RJ Boyajian, GSA President

October GSA Newsletter

My Fellow Graduate Students,

RJ Boyajian, GSA PresidentI hope this first blog entry finds you well. There are lots of exciting things happening on this campus and at GSA! I want to make sure you are always included in the discussion so first things first I wanted to mention the list serve that I’m starting. Though there are plenty other list serves from the University (Student Announcements), Graduate School and GSA that send you information regularly, most graduate students have reported that they don’t look to those e-mails for information and subsequently it gets discarded. We have tried to send out information in full force through our social media outlets, but it’s not enough. So I have decided to share regular updates with students who opt-in to be a part of the graduate student list serve. To sign up, send me an email at or contact your elected council representative and we will add you on. You will receive the most current and up to date information.
Ultimately, it’s my goal to make sure all graduate students have a voice on this campus. Secondly, I remind all graduate students that they have an ally in GSA. I also encourage all of you to reach out to me directly or any of your elected council members to let us know how we can help you. We are a community here. We are the WolfPack of course, but we are also a community of graduate students.
You may also be thinking … ‘who is my elected council member?’ Well, it’s simple. We have their information organized by college here. Remember, we have been elected to represent you.
On the topic of our website, it’s always being updated with information. Our social media outlets are always current too. Mainly, I want to draw your attention to our programs: household items program, travel grants, medical and financial hardship grants, computer loans, capital improvement grants, childcare grants, and all of our Spring Awards which can be found here. Not to mention, we have weekly breakfasts for graduate students, socials throughout the semester, and an awesome study and computer lounge to share. Very soon, we will even offer free printing to graduate students in the GSA office. These are just some of the things that are going on.
Lastly, with this update and all future ones, I will include a section on current university updates. First and foremost, GSA, in collaboration with ASUN, are trying to get as much information passed on to all students about the E.L. Weigand Fitness Center and Field House proposal. At the bottom of this post you can find a video about the facilities.
You can also visit which is currently showing information about this project but will always be updated with current Nevada. Ultimately students will be asked to vote on whether or not they support the fees associated with the construction and membership of these buildings. Remember, without student support the university will not be able to move forward to receive approval from the Board of Regents. That’s a big deal!
A second item of note is that the University is moving to a smoke-free campus starting September 2014. The administration, along with GSA, is here to ask you what you would need to make this campaign a success. Please let us know.
Remember, GSA is here to make sure your voice is heard. We are also here to support you throughout your education. Please reach out!
Looking forward for the rest of this academic year!

Best wishes,
RJ Boyajian
Graduate Student Association
University of Nevada, Reno