The Ecology Graduate Student Association (EGSA) is the student-run arm of the UC Davis Graduate Group in Ecology (GGE), one of the largest and most prestigious ecology graduate programs in the world. EGSA serves to support our students and represent them to the GGE, the university, and the world.
We meet regularly to talk about student issues, such as funding, mentorship and curriculum changes. The monthly meetings are an opportunity to share info across AOEs as AOE representatives often report on recent happenings. We also hear from our GSA liaisons about graduate student concerns campus-wide. Meetings are usually run by the chair(s) and are an open forum for all students to bring their concerns, comments and suggestions to the table. Additional information can be found in the EGSA bylaws.
Voice of the Students
EGSA serves as a focused voice for graduate student concerns to the faculty and administrative offices of the GGE. We take an active role in suggesting and implementing change within the GGE. Two students elected by the EGSA sit on the GGE Executive Committee to represent the opinions of Ecology students. We have student representatives on the Awards, Curriculum, and Diversity committees, and students also serve on the admission committees for each AOE. Student involvement is one of the key elements that makes the GGE work!
EGSA also represents the GGE in the Graduate Student Association, UCD’s graduate student government. EGSA sends 5-6 representatives (depending on active GGE enrollment) to monthly GSA meetings, where they have a voice and a vote in graduate student governance.
Support and Service
EGSA works to serve the community. We represent the graduate group each year at Picnic Day when the community comes to campus. Our annual Mardi Gras charity ball raises funds for local environmental groups. In the past we’ve raised thousands of dollars for The Center For Land-Based Learning, Putah Creen Council, and other local non-profit organizations.
EGSA members organize and host an annual ecology graduate research symposium, which invites student research talks and posters from multiple graduate groups on campus engaged in ecological research. EGSA also maintains a database of student publications.
In addition to our more serious role within the GGE, we are serious about planning fun events. There is a monthly social hour at a downtown pub, orientation and spring parties, and assorted less formal events throughout the year.
All GGE students are invited to attend and can initiate discussion at the meetings. EGSA is your opportunity to get involved and shape your graduate group, please take advantage of it. Remember, you are the EGSA.