Get Involved with the Global Affairs Graduate Society!

The Global Affairs Graduate Society has a lot of different ways to get involved, whether you’re a brand new student or finishing up your thesis and getting ready for graduation. We’re also looking forward to expanding our team, and wanted to let you know about four different opportunities for students to get involved in the graduate society this year. Please see details on each below (after the jump).
1. New Student Survey
2. Join a Committee
3. Become an Editor of PGI
4. Take on a Leadership Position

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Congrats to Class of 2012!

GAGS bids farewell to its 2011-2012 officers and fellow MSGAers! Check out our new page ‘CLASS of 2012‘ dedicated to the final days of the Class of 2012! Congrats and best wishes graduates!

Thesis/Capstone Forum: Insights From MSGA’s Class of 2012

Friday, May 11, 2012

Thesis and Capstone Forum: Insights From MSGA’s Class of 2012
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Updated time!

Woolworth Building

Did you just complete your thesis/capstone or are you just starting to think about your research question?

GAGS intends to host a presentation and forum discussion with MSGA’s Class of 2012 thesis and capstone students that want to share their work, insights and helpful strategies to help you prepare for what will surely come….dun dun dun……Depending on where you are, GAGS has a few To Do’s, so pay attention:


If you want to present your thesis/capstone please email the following to GAGS:

[Thesis/Capstone Title]
[Short description or abstract of Thesis/Capstone]


Do you have a thesis planned out yet? Are you passionate about a specific topic or are you still on the fence on what to write about? Do you want to do field research? What have other CGAers written about through the years? Well GAGS is planning such an event and you’re invited.

Event expectations:

  • A high level overview/plenary session includes brief overview of selected thesis and capstone projects per concentration
  • Anecdotal insights from MSGA students on thesis and capstone best practices and development processes, tips, etc.
  • Break out sessions with other MSGA 2012 thesis and capstone students (concentration based)

Post updated 5/8/2012

Featured Events: May 2012

This month’s featured events include topics on UNDP’s 2012 HDR, a thesis and capstone forum, an all day conference on armed conflict in Columbia and of course, a social with NYU SCHACK and GAGS, much much more!  Learn more…

Re-cap: MillionTrees NYC and GAGS Community Service

On Saturday, April 28  MSGA’ers set out on a journey  to Staten Islands’ Wolf Pond Park to make the world (at least the North Eastern  side of the U.S.)  a better place! This community service event was sponsored by MillionTrees NYC and the Parks and Recreation department of NYC. MSGA students (AKA the GOLD TEAM) planted over 100 trees, learned about various plants in the N.E> ecosystem and also had a ball bonding and getting to know one another—which is one of the things Grad students rarely get to do!

Special thanks to those who attended! GAGS hopes to continue these events in the future and look forward to your participation!

Pics below were taken during the event:

Our arrival… Displaying our SWAG.
Our first patch of trees (planted in less than 20 mins!)… Some of us hanging with the parks and rec members…

HTML Tables

Spring Cocktail Party, Friday April 27

Friday, April 27, 2012

8:00pm- 11:30pm
Gotham Hall 1356 Broadway (36th Street) NY, NY
NYU Student Tickets: $60
Guest Tickets: $120

 Tickets to be purchased at the door.

Spring Formal 2011
was so much fun!

A great way to celebrate
new friendships!
If you have questions, please contact Sarra Mumayiz by phone at 202-250-0581 or email at

Candidates 2012-2013 GAGS Executive Board

Campaigning for the 2012-2013 Global Affairs Graduate Society (GAGS) Elections is officially underway, starting today and will run until April 24th!

A link to the online voting system will be posted here later today and sent out through the MSGA listserve from Erica McGibbon. *Note: Only current MSGA students are eligible to cast a vote. Below are the list of candidates running for the GAGS Executive Board positions. Please take a moment to review their platforms before making your voting decisions.

For questions, please email GAGS or Erica McGibbon.

2012-2013 GAGS Executive Board Candidates


Election Position & Platform


Sameer Kanal

Vice President

Go Katayama


Jason Wetzel


Brittany Gehrke

Graduate Student Council Representative

Chantal Kim

This position will be filled via a “write in” nomination process on the online voting system. Nominations for Webmaster will then be tallied and announced after voting has closed.

2012-2013 Elections: GAGS Executive Board

April marks the annual Global Affairs Graduate Society elections!  While being part of the Global Affairs Graduate Society comes with many responsibilities, it also provides the opportunity to significantly impact the program for all students. You will be the voice of our program! You will also be able to plan events, socials, and workshops! You will work with the student clubs that are part of GAGS to organize students and enhance the program wherever possible!

Executive board positions and descriptions are listed below. Please feel free to contact the current officers for more insights on these positions.

Next Steps:

  1. Review description of officer positions
  2. Submit GAGS Executive Board Application   (including 500 words describing your qualifications for your desired position and what you would aim to achieve during your 2012-2013 term) to Erica McGibbon
  3. Prepare your platform materials for campaign period (posters, flyers, email, etc.)
  4. Participate in voting process

Key dates:

  • April 17thApplication period.
  • April 18th-  Campaign period.
  • April 20-24th- Election period opens via online voting system (Access and instructions will be announced in forthcoming communications)

For questions and information, please email GAGS or Erica McGibbon.

GAGS Spring 2012 Mixer, April 12

GAGS Spring 2012 Mixer

Thursday, April 12, 2012, 8:30 pm
Lilly O’Brien’s, Murray Street

RSVP on Facebook

We hope everybody’s managing the end-of-the semester pressure and getting those papers, projects, reports and theses done! But even though we are all working so hard, we can all use a bit of fun and good company. So, your GAGS have organized a Spring 2012 Mixer where we can all relax a little bit before we hit the books again.

For more information, please check out the event’s Facebook page.

See you there!

Info Session: Fulbright US Student Program, April 10

Information Session: The Fulbright US Student Program
Tuesday, April 10
Silver 120 (100 Washington Square East)

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

This Tuesday, April 10, the Faculty of Arts & Science will be hosting an info session on the Fulbright Application process for all students. Historically, few applicants from SCPS, but there is the scope for a lot more of you to receive Fulbright awards for travel and research so give it serious thought. Most awards go to PhD students, but (US) Masters students with good projects have a decent chance.

For more information about the Fulbright program, visit their web site here.