Graduate and Professional Student Government

Make your impact today with an eye toward the future

We know you have interests and needs that are especially important to you because of your standing as an IUPUI graduate or professional student. That’s why Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG) connects you directly with administrators and schools. Through us, your unique voice should and will be heard.

GPSG advocates on issues that are important to you and keeps an active dialogue open with the IUPUI administration. In the past, GPSG was instrumental in bringing you all-gender restrooms and the 30-50-100 plan, which helped offices reduce paper use and increase recycling. Nearly half a million sheets of paper were saved because of the program. But why stop there?

In an ideal world—and isn’t achieving that goal why you’re here?—all 18 schools at IUPUI are represented at GPSG’s bi-weekly meetings. Depending on your school, you may volunteer or be appointed to serve as a representative. No matter where the call came from, you can find more information about being a GPSG representative at The Den.


Find your funding

GPSG also awards the Graduate and Professional Education Grant (GPEG). Funds can be used to attend or present at local, national, or international conferences, as well as for research and training vital to your studies. This is how we support IUPUI’s mission of being a leading urban research institution.

Applications for the GPEG are accepted throughout the semester. More information about the GPEG and other grants is available on our funding page. Or if you're ready to apply, head to The Den.

Apply for GPEG

Join the elite

You go to class, you do research, you study, you repeat. And in between, many of you find time to work with the community, lead student organizations, and do countless other good works. To honor the best of the best among IUPUI’s graduate and professional students, GPSG hosts the Elite 50 awards program each spring.

In addition to recognizing the leading 50, those with the top scores are named to the Premier 10 list. The Charles R. Bantz Award for Excellence is awarded to the student with the highest ranking among all applicants. The recipient of this award also wins a $500 scholarship.

You don’t have to be a member of GPSG to be named to the Elite 50, but you do have to apply.

Apply for Elite 50

Taylor Rhodes on her trip in Uganda.

Double winner

Taylor Rhodes, former president of GPSG, became one of the first in IUPUI history to win the Plater Medallion for Civic Engagement twice in her career. Rhodes earned master’s degrees in nonprofit management and philanthropic studies through the School for Public and Environmental Affairs and Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s dual-degree program.

Read about Rhodes
Katherine Bridgeman on a trip somewhere.

Meet the Elite

Katherine Bridgeman received the 2017 Charles R. Bantz Award for Excellence as a doctoral candidate in physical therapy. Following her graduation, she planned to continue conducting research, teaching, and developing physical therapy-based mission trips for other students.

Read about Bridgeman

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