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The COGS & PSG Annual Awards Ceremony was held on May 1st, 2017. 

Complete list of awardees can be found here

April 15, 2016: Outstanding Advising and Mentoring Award, nominations due

The Council of Graduate Students (COGS) Outstanding Advising and Mentoring Award recognizes faculty members for their exceptional contributions to graduate education. This is the only faculty award that expresses the appreciation of the graduate student body – it was created by graduate students, nominations are made by graduate students, and the winners are selected by graduate students.

Nominations are due April 15th and can be submitted here.

If you have trouble opening the form, please email golds306@umn.edu to get access. For questions about this award please email awolf@umn.edu or golds306@umn.edu

October 12, 2016: October Happy Hour
Our next happy hour will be Wednesday, October 19 from 5-7pm at Town Hall Brewery!  

We will provide transportation to the Minneapolis Institute of Art's Artoberfest on Thursday, October 20 at 5:30pm. The event is free, and visitors can buy art-inspired beers, chat with brewmeisters, make craft projects, and more. We are renting the Black Diamond party bus to transport students from Northrop to MIA. Note that transportation will be provided one way to the event, so please plan safely and accordingly for return transportation. 

September 30, 2016: Grad Student Parent Support Group
The Graduate Student Parent Support Group is back up and running!  The group meets every other Tuesday, starting October 11, in Appleby Hall 169.  Drop in whenever you are available between 12-2pm to chat and share resources with other grad students who have children.  Lunch is provided!  For more information contact Lauren Mitchell, mitch938@umn.edu.

September 25, 2016: JC Rules
Rules governing the Judicial Committee and contact information can be found at this link.


August 3, 2016: Outstanding Service to Graduate Students Awards
Congratulations to Dr. Scott Lanyon, Dr. Gary Christenson, and Kyle Kroll, recipients of this year's Outstanding Service to Graduate Students Awards!  COGS recognized Dr. Lanyon for his work helping graduate students apply for NSF fellowships, Dr. Christenson for his help advocating for student mental health, and Mr. Kroll for his efforts to expand postsecondary childcare grants to include grad students.  

August 18, 2016: Welcome Week Schedule
First-year graduate students, join us for our Welcome Week events!
Wednesday, 8/31: Boynton and RecWell Tours
Thursday, 9/1: Gopher Game Tailgate

July 31, 2016: August Happy Hour
Join us at Stub & Herb's for Happy Hour on Thursday, August 11, 5-7pm.  Appetizers are on us!  

July 27, 2016:  Exec Appoints Director of University Relations
Former Student Senate Chair Rob Stewart joined the exec as Director of University Relations.

May 29, 2016: COGS Summer Session coming soon!
COGS is active through the summer as well as the semester, with events for
the many grad students on campus for work, research & teaching, and continuing
advocacy in the University for grad students and our unique interests and perspectives.
Updates are coming soon with information about Summer Committees and

May 20, 2016:  Mental Health Services at the University's Peers
Christina Mondi, the Research & Surveys Chair of the Mental Health Committee, presented
to the Provost's Committee on Student Mental Health (May 19) and Provost Karen Hanson (May 20)
on mental health services at the university's peers.  The Research & Surveys subcommittee is
preparing a survey of the CIC consortium of Universities that will inform strategic
planning of mental health services here at the U.

May 16, 2016:  Exec Appoints Fundraising Officer
We have an associate director for development!
Tommy Keller has agreed to take the fundraising role and was appointed by the exec.

May 5, 2016:  Student Senate Calls for System and Campus-Wide Mental Health plans
The Student Senate passed a resolution calling for the President, Provost, Chancellors, and Regents
to improve strategic planning of mental health services in the University of Minnesota System.

COGS Senator Lauren Mitchell (CLA) was elected to the Committee on Committees, which
selects individuals to serve on Committees of the Senate.

COGS Senator Jonathan Borowsky (CLA) was elected to the Twin Cities Nominating Committee, which
selects individuals to fill vacancies in the Senate

April 20, 2016:  COGS Responds to Carpenter Free Speech Statement
The executive committee approved a Policy Statement responding to Professor 
Dale Carpenter's "4 Core Principles" document.  The COGS Statement affirms graduate students' 
commitment to Freedom of Speech and expresses concern that certain aspects of "4 Core Principles" 
go beyond statements of consensus values and run the risk of alienating some members of the
University Community.

December 7, 2015:  Kraken Unleashed in Support of Grad Student Protesters
COGS President, Nicholas Goldsmith, and Speaker, Lauren Mitchell, joined by
the leaders of MSA, the Student Senate, GradSEHD, the Medical Student Council, and PASA
delivered a formal letter, informally denoted "the Kraken," which asks senior administrators of the 
university to drop administrative charges against members of the Whose Diversity? group 
who were arrested for protesting at the President's office last year.


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August 14, 2015: Letter from the President to Alumni