The Graduate Lounge

Beth Perkins
James Madison University

Hello, NERA graduate students! I hope that you are all doing well as we welcome in spring! Many aspects of our daily lives have changed a great deal in a very short time. These changes have impacted graduate students in many different ways. I would like to take this moment to welcome anyone to reach out to the Graduate Student Issues Committee (GSIC) at Whether you have ideas about how the GSIC can help support fellow graduate students, need someone to commiserate with about the current situation, or want to see a friendly face via a virtual chat. The connections we have with each other are invaluable as we continue to navigate changes in our lives.

Update from the GSIC Committee

Benefits of Serving on the Graduate Students Issues Committee
Serving on the GSIC is a great way to get involved with NERA and build relationships with other graduate students and professionals. Responsibilities include collaborating with students from various institutions to plan GSIC- sponsored in-conference sessions, and the GSIC student social. GSIC members also work with members of other NERA committees to help with additional tasks as needed. Members typically serve a 2-year term. If you are a graduate student and have questions about how to get involved with NERA, contact
Our Mission: The mission of the Graduate Student Issues Committee (GSIC) is to support the involvement and professional development of NERA graduate student members and to reach out to new graduate students to increase the diversity of institutions represented at NERA.
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Plans for NERA 2020 GSIC-Sponsored Conference Sessions
The GSIC is currently selecting the topics for two in-conference sessions for the 51st Annual NERA Conference in 2020. While the sessions will be aimed toward graduate students, we hope the sessions will appeal to a wide range of NERA attendees. If you have suggestions for the topics you would like to see addressed by these conference sessions, feel free to contact us at
Stay tuned for more information about GSIC sponsored sessions!

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