Co-Sponsored Events

Please read through the application form before emailing the GSO with any questions. The application form can be downloaded here and an example of a good application can be downloaded here.

The Graduate Student Organization (GSO) is currently soliciting funding applications for co-sponsored events. To be eligible for co-sponsored event funding, an event must be:

  • Hosted or organized by graduate students at Boston University with GSO representation.
  • Of interest to the general CAS graduate student community.
  • Open to the entire CAS graduate student community.
  • Occurring the semester funding is asked for.

The GSO encourages events that facilitate interdepartmental communication in social and academic settings. A competitive application will include the following characteristics:

  • A clear, detailed, and descriptive budget.
  • Content of broad or interdisciplinary interest.
  • Funding from multiple sources.
  • Estimated attendance.
  • A detailed explanation of what exactly GSO funding would be used for.

Recurring events and conferences should include recent budgets and attendance information. We strongly recommend including any supplementary materials (e.g., flyers, keynote speaker information, etc.) that support your application and help the GSO board members know more about your event.

The GSO does not generally provide more than 40% of an event’s funding or amounts in excess of $1000. Additionally, the GSO prefers not to fund honoraria. All funding is provided in the form of reimbursements, and requires the submission of the original receipts no later than one month after the event.


Past Co-Sponsored Events (Partial List)

20th Annual BU Graduate Research Conference in African Studies

When:  2:00pm – 7:30pm on March 30th and 9:00am – 4:00pm on the 31st
Where: Friday panels and Keynote: Conference Room, 9th Floor, Photonics Center, Saturday panels: African Studies Center, 232 Bay State Rd, 5th floor
Co-sponsored with: Boston University African Studies Center
The African Studies Graduate Research Conference in African Studies is a 1.5 dayinterdisciplinary research forum. Graduate students at all levels and from a variety ofdisciplines share original research relevant to the African continent. The conference provides asetting in which students can exchange ideas, share research, and expand collegial networks.

2nd Annual Graduate Research conference in International Relations (GRCIR)
:  Feb 24-25, 2012
Where: The Castle, 225 Bay State Road and International Relations Building, 154 Bay State Road
Theme: “Shifting World Order: The Reallocation of Power in the International System”

10th Biennial Graduate Student Open Forum (Archaeology)
Feb 17-19, 2012
675 and 725 Commonwealth Ave
Featuring a keynote address by Dr. Carl Knappett, University of Toronto.

5th Annual BU Graduate Musicology Conference (Boston University Music Society)
: Feb 18, 2012
Where: Faculty Dining Room, George Sherman Union, Boston University
Featuring a keynote address by Dr. Ellen Koskoff, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester

2nd Annual BU Conference on East Asia
When:  February 13 – February 14, 2009
Where:  Center for International Studies, 154 Bay State Road
Co-sponsored with: The Committee of the Boston University Conference on East Asia
The BU Conference on East Asia aims to provide an interactive and open forum for students at the undergraduate and graduate levels from various institutions and diverse disciplines to share ideas and to discuss their works in progress with peers.
As an interdisciplinary conference, the BU Conference on East Asia includes topics focusing on East Asian history, international history as pertains to the evolution of the East Asian region. In addition, topics for presentation and discussion will include the current East Asian political, socio-economic, and cultural climates. .

An Insider’s Account of the CIA: Separating Fact from Fiction
:  Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 6:30pm
Where:  College of Arts and Sciences, Room 224
Co-sponsored with: Graduate International Relations Council
Distinguished International Relations professors, Arthur Hulnick, a veteran of over 35 years in intelligence, including seven years as an intelligence officer in the US Air Force and 28 years in the CIA, and Joseph Wippl, a former CIA officer with over 30 years as an operations officer in the National Clandestine Service, will present a behind-the-scenes account of life within the CIA.
Following the lecture and discussion, a reception will be held in the BU Pub, located at 225 Bay State Road in the Castle. Free drink tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Graven Images: Religion in Comic Books and Graphic Novels
When:  April 11 – April 13, 2008
Where:  Judaic Studies Center
Co-sponsored with:  Division of Religious and Theological Studies
From the performance of religion in comics, to religious or mythic traditions among the elements of various works, to the use of comics by religious practitioners themselves, the relationship between comics and religion is dynamic and evolving. Given the increasing seriousness with which the public has come to view comics as an art form and Americans’ fraught but passionate relationship with religion, “Graven Images” will provide an opportunity for discussion of cutting- edge artistic and social issues by exploring the roles of religion in comic books and graphic novels. This event is free and open to the public.
Featuring Keynote Speaker James Sturm,
Xeric Award and Eisner Award-winning author of  The Golem’s Mighty Swing and James Sturm’s America: God, Gold, and Golems Co-founder of the Center for Cartoon Studies and the National Association of Comic Arts Educators (NACAE).

Graduate Student Art History Symposium “Damage”
:  March 28 – March 29, 2008
Co-sponsored with:  Department of Art History
An annual interdisciplinary symposium on the theme of damage, creativity, destruction, and vandalism in art, architecture, conservation, and visual culture by hosting a keynote speaker and panel discussions.

A Graduate Student Parental Leave Policy for Boston University
When:  March 19, 2008, 1 – 2 PM
Where:  PRB 595
Speaker:  Elizabeth Ewen
Co-sponsored with:  Women in Physics
A fellow graduate student, Elizabeth Ewen, has been working diligently to get a parental leave policy for BU graduate students implemented.  Other universities in Boston have one, but BU does not!  Liz is a graduate student in the Department of Biology, a founding member of the Women in Biology.

An Academic Career Track at a Four Year College: Balancing Teaching and Research
:  February 15, 2008, 3:30 – 4:30 PM
Where:  LSEB 103 (24 Cummington St.)
Speaker:  Dr. Amy Voller
Co-sponsored with:  Women in Biology
Please join us for career seminar with Dr. Amy Cheng Vollmer from Swarthmore College to tell us her experiences in an academic career track and how she chose her career path.