Arts & Sciences Graduate Student Organization – University of Pittsburgh


The Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences Graduate Student Organization (A&S-GSO) is an official university student organization that advocates the interests and concerns of the graduate students of the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences at University of Pittsburgh. A&S GSO provides the primary avenue of communications between graduate students and the administration as well as other university entities. The A&S-GSO is also responsible for dispersing 50% of the student activity fees that A&S graduate students pay each semester.

We sponsor social events such as the trivia nights and the Grad Expo. We also provide travel grants, summer research grants, and teaching awards for graduate students.


Getting Involved

Any Arts & Sciences graduate student is welcome to attend and participate in any of the monthly meetings of the A&S-GSO. However, only official representatives of academic departments may cast a vote at the meetings.

The A&S-GSO also elects its own officers and representatives to various other university organizations. These elections take place in the Spring term and are open to any A&S graduate student. For more information, contact your department representative(s) or the GSO officers.

Recent Events

Several events took place during the 2020-2021 school year during which the Arts & Sciences GSO recognized the extraordinary efforts of our graduate students.  We wish to formally acknowledge these recent successes here while this website is being updated. 

The Elizabeth Baranger Teaching Awards acknowledge excellence in graduate student teaching across the Dietrich School, and the awardees are chosen from each of the school’s three divisions. 

Congratulations to the 2021 Teaching Award Winners:


  • Silpa Mukherjee (Film and Media studies, English)
  • Andrea Maxwell (History of Art and Architecture)

Natural Sciences:

  • Catie Walsh (Psychology)
  • Mary Carson (Psychology)

Social Sciences:

  • Chie Togami (Sociology)
  • David Agorastos (Economics)

The Grad Expo allows Dietrich School students to present papers and posters, educate their fellow students, and gain experience for future academic experiences.  The Grad Expo judges award prizes to a number of participants to use toward research or conference travel.

Congratulations to the 2021 Grad Expo Outstanding Presenters:

  • David Agorastos
  • Danny Doucette
  • Ben Naismith
  • Alison Mahoney
  • Ann Fleming
  • Yunye Zhu
  • Marina Salnikova
  • Marissa Lepper
  • Elaine Nguyen
  • Sarah Tribbplehorn
  • Rachel Bainbridge
  • Miroo Lee
  • Swati Arora
  • Rudrajit Banerjee
  • Lorraine Blatt
  • Brianna Natale

The GSO Leadership looks forward to being a part of the outstanding teaching and research within our Arts & Sciences community.  Information on other recent events will be posted soon!