Emergency BU Alert Boston University's Charles River and Medical Center Campuses will be closed all day Tuesday, January 27, 2015. When classes resume, they will resume on the regular class schedule. Whether or how classes are to be made up is at the discretion of the faculty member. Please note: Employees in essential services must report as scheduled. Essential services include, but are not limited to, University Police, Public Safety, Emergency Patient Treatment, Facilities Management and Planning, Environmental Health & Safety, University Dining Services, Mail Services, Student Health Services, Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the University Switchboard. For the very latest information, please go to BU Today at http://www.bu.edu/today and the Emergency Communications page at http://www.bu.edu/ehs/comm


BGLO Graduate Student Mixer

Published: January 16th, 2015

The Boston Graduate Leadership Organization (BGLO) is proud to present the 2015 welcome Back 2 Boston Graduate Student Mixer!

BGLO was formed in 2009 in hopes of bringing graduate students from around the Boston area together to socialize and network. Current BGLO members are: Babson, Bentley, Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis, Harvard, HULT, MIT, Northeastern, Suffolk, and Tufts.

ALL GRADUATE STUDENTS from the Boston area are welcome to join in on the Boston Graduate Mixer Night. This is a 21+ event and students must have both a legal ID and a school ID for entrance. Each student is allowed to bring up to one guest as long as they have legal ID as well.

***Open bar and free apps will be available for the FIRST HOUR only so come early! BGLO has reserved the ENTIRE BAR for attendees.*** There is also capacity at 463 so come early!

-First 200 students to arrive will receive a $5 gift card to Starbucks!-

Cover is $5. You can purchase online at Eventbrite or at the door. It is encouraged you purchase tickets online ahead of time to facilitate entrance to the bar.

Go here to purchase tickets online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bglos-back-2-boston-mixer-tickets-15219538048
-There’s a limited number of tickets available online but you can buy tickets at the door too-

Questions? Email bostonbglo@gmail.com

New GRS PhD Dissertation and Graduation Procedures Website

Published: January 12th, 2015

The GRS office has made a new website that houses all doctoral graduation and dissertation information, forms, and instructions.


In addition to the new website, GRS has made adjustments to the graduation deadlines calendar and to the required materials. A list of the important changes can be found below.

  • Dissertation Prospectus: The prospectus paperwork should be submitted as soon as the prospectus is approved, but no later than six months before the dissertation defense. Our office no longer needs the prospectus itself, we only need the approval form. A copy of the prospectus should be kept in the department/program files.
  • Intent to Graduate: We are no longer using a paper diploma application. Instead, student should submit the electronic Intent to Graduate form found on the new GRS Dissertation and Graduation Procedures website.
  • Schedule of Final Oral Exam: Starting with students graduating in September 2015, there is now a specific date by which final oral exam scheduling paperwork must be submitted to the GRS office (deadlines are viewable on new graduation website).
  • Final Submission Timeline: Starting with students graduating in September 2015, students will have an extra week after the last date to hold a final oral exam before the final dissertation submission is due in GRS. This will allow students time to make committee edits.
  • Final Submission Documents: Students will continue to submit their dissertations online via the ETD website. In the past, students have also been asked to make an appointment with a Records Officer to turn in the following documents. Moving forward, students will not need to make this appointment, instead the documentation will be received as outlined below:
  • Dissertation Processing Fee: brought by the student to the GRS front desk
  • PhD Contact Information Form: students will submit new online web form accessible on the new GRS Dissertation and Graduation Procedures website
  • Dissertation Signature Page: signature page should now be turned in by the individual departments/programs with the student’s exam results paperwork
  • Copy of Title page and Abstract: no longer required
  • Grace Periods: The deadlines calendar now has printed grace period deadlines which state the last date for a student to complete their degree requirements for graduation in the following semester without registering for that semester

Please note that these changes are for PhD students only. A similar system will be rolled out for Master’s students in the near future.

1st GSO Meeting of Spring 2015

Published: January 7th, 2015

When: Monday, January 26, 5:30 PM
Where: CAS 200 (725 Commonwealth Ave)

Spring 2015 Travel Grants

Published: October 27th, 2014

Applications for Spring 2015 GSO travel grants, for travel between January 1, 2015 and June 30, 2015, are due Sunday November 30th, 2014 at 11:59 PM. Please see the Travel Grants page for more details.

GSO Commonwealth Avenue Reconstruction Committee Meeting

Published: October 9th, 2014

Commonwealth Ave reconstruction Phase 2A (from Amory Street to Alcorn Street on Comm Ave) is coming close to final design. The City of Boston intends to make several changes to the street, some good, some bad, and some inexplicable. We believe that the city’s design will reduce space for pedestrians, remove mature trees, increase speed of motor vehicles, and do nothing to help increase bicycle safety on a dangerous corridor. It is also unclear whether the MBTA will take this opportunity to finally fix many of the long-standing problems with Green Line service here.
A group of advocates from the region and students at BU are coming together for a discussion about Comm Ave’s future. We will discuss ways to improve the pedestrian friendliness of Comm Ave, fix the Green Line, and bring strong bicycle safety improvements that can be implemented as part of the street reconstruction project.
The meeting will be held Thursday October 9th at 5:30 PM in CAS 326 (705 Commonwealth Ave).

GSO Meeting Wednesday October 22, 2014

Published: October 9th, 2014

When: Wednesday October 22, 5:30 PM
Where: CAS 200 (725 Commonwealth Ave)

Congratulations to Spring 2014 GSO Travel Grant Winners:

Published: September 11th, 2014

Awards for Conference Travel:

Elyas Bakhtiari (Sociology)
QICSS International Conference Social Policy and Health Inequalities: An International Perspective
Montreal, Canada

Kristen Sippl (Political Science)
International Studies Association’s 55th Annual Convention
Toronto, Canada

Jennifer Wildt (Archaeology)
Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting
Austin, TX, USA

Sophia Mizouni (Romance Studies)
International Women in French Conference
Guelph, Canada

Aaron Shapiro (English)
Renaissance Society of America
New York, NY, USA

Awards for Research Travel:

Joyce Kim (English)
Fisk University Charles W. Chesnutt Archives
Nashville, TN, USA

June Park (Political Science)
The United States Trade Representative Reading Room
Washington, DC, USA