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Council Bill SR 1049: To modify the Graduate Student Funding Committee Guidelines

September 24, 2010 1 comment

Agenda Item: To modify the Graduate Student Funding Committee Guidelines

Date: September 27, 2010
Committee: Graduate Student Funding Committee
Sponsors: Erika Denise Edwards, Graduate Senator; Rachel Emas, Graduate Senator; T.J. Ligouri Graduate Senator; Alex Barrio College of Law Senator; Aman Muqeet, Graduate Senator, Dillon Arango College of Medicine Senator

To modify the Graduate Student Funding Committee Guidelines

SECTION I. Short Title

This bill may be cited as the “GSFC Application Deadline Reform Act of 2010.”

SECTION II. Modifying the Graduate Student Funding Committee Guidelines Submission deadline

Section 1.01

(c) Applications should must be submitted at least eight (8) weeks seven (7) weeks prior to the event.

(i)If applications are received with less than eight (8) weeks prior to the funding event, the student may not be aware of the funding decision prior to the funding event.

In favor: 24; Opposed: 0; Abstentions: 0; Status: Signed.

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Council Bill SR 1043: To create and establish the Graduate Student Funding Committee Guidelines

September 8, 2010 1 comment

Agenda Item: Graduate Student Funding Committee Funding Policies Date: September 13, 2010

Committee: Of the Whole

Sponsors: Erika Denise Edwards, Graduate Senator; Rachel Emas, Graduate Senator; T.J. Ligouri Graduate  Senator; Alex Barrio College of Law Senator; Aman Muqeet, Graduate  Senator

To create and establish the Graduate Student Funding Committee Guidelines

SECTION I. Short Title

This bill may be cited as the “Graduate Student Funding Committee  Guidelines  of 2010.”

SECTION II. Creating the Graduate Student Funding Committee Guidelines

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

STUDENT GOVERNMENT COUNCIL

MODESTO A. MAIDIQUE CAMPUS SENATE

GRADUATE STUDENT FUNDING COMMITTEE GUIDELINES

Section 1.01

(a)        Applicants shall be eligible to request funds from the GSFC once a semester and twice during the fiscal year.

(b)        No applications for funding will be accepted after the event.

(c)        Applications should be submitted at least eight (8) weeks prior to the event.

(i)         If applications are received with less than eight (8) weeks prior to the funding event, the student may not be aware of the funding decision prior to the funding event.

(d)       Funding is available only for traveling within the United States or to those countries that have diplomatic relations with the Government of United States.

(i)         The following six (6) countries do not have official diplomatic relations with the US: Bhutan, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, and Taiwan.

(e)        The following documents are required to submit a complete application for conference or professional development funding:

(i)         Funding request form

(ii)        Release and Indemnity Agreement

(iii)       Proposed detailed budget (with totals excluding taxes and fees)

(iv)       Supporting documents for budget

(v)        Letter of support from advisor (on FIU letterhead)

(vi)       Summary of benefits to Florida and FIU

(vii)      Conference acceptance letter or invitation

(f)        For conference funding, GSFC monies can only be used to reimburse students for the following:

(i)         Travel: car rental payments OR airline tickets

(ii)        Conference registration fees

(g)        GSFC reserves the right to make any changes to these funding guidelines as may be necessary to ensure equity in the distribution of funds, upon approval of the SGC-MMC Senate.

(h)        Upon the review of a student’s funding application, the following outcomes are possible:

(i)         All incomplete or inaccurate applications are denied.

(ii)        All complete applications that provide incorrect supporting documents will be referred back to the student to be resubmitted with the correct supporting documents.

(iii)       For those students that are receiving additional funding from another source for the same research activity, conference, or professional development event, the following procedures will be followed:

1)         25% of the total amount of funding from all additional sources will be subtracted from the total amount of potential funding from the GSFC.

2)         Students with 100% of their funding needs met by other sources for a specific request are not eligible for GSFC funds.

(i)         Upon the review of a student’s funding application, the following will occur:

(i)         All complete applications will receive a response within two weeks regarding the funding decision.

(ii)        If a student’s application is approved for funding, the GSFC office assistant will contact the student’s department to begin a Travel Authorization (TA) form.

In favor: 11; Opposed: 2; Abstentions: 0; Status: Signed.

Press Release: ‘Show Me The Money’ GSFC Town Hall Meetings

September 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Press Release

The Student Government Council at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus (SGC-MMC) at Florida International University (FIU) will facilitate a series of ‘Graduate Student Funding Committee Town Hall Meetings’ throughout the month of September.

Miami, Florida (6 September 2010)—Under the direction of Graduate Senator and Chairwoman of the Graduate Student Funding Board Erika Denise Edwards, the Graduate Student Funding Committee (GSFC) will facilitate a series of ‘Show Me The Money’ Town Hall Meetings, in which members of the GSFC will inform graduate students of its goals for the academic school year, as well as the procedures to follow when filing for funds to conduct research, attend conferences, and professional development seminars.

“Since the summer 2010 term,” mentions Chairwoman Edwards, “the GSFC has received in excess of 100 requests for funding, many of which were denied for administrative reasons. In facilitating the ‘Show Me The Money’ Town Hall Meetings, the GSFC will remind students of the procedures that must be adhered to when filing for funds.”

“In addition to learning more about the funding procedures,” continues Chairwoman Edwards, “Graduate students will have the opportunity to meet their Senators. The ratification of the Constitution in the summer of 2010 afforded graduate students an increased voice in student government. My constituency will be very impressed and pleased with its representatives.”

When questioned about the transition from a governing council to funding committee, Graduate Senator and Vice-Chairwoman of the GSFC Rachel Emas mentions that “my constituency will be delighted by how smoothly the transition has taken place. The increase in funding allows the GSFC to award graduate and professional students once per semester and twice per academic school year.”

The forums will be held in GC 150 on the following dates and times: the 14th of September from 9pm-10pm and from 10pm to 11pm and on the 23rd of September from 8:30pm to 9:30pm and from 9:30pm to 10:30pm. An additional forum will be held in GC 140 on the 22nd of September from 1pm to 2:30pm and from 2:30pm to 4pm.

“Additionally,” continues Vice-Chairwoman Emas, “Graduate Senators now have access to enact legislation that positively impacts its constituency. A prime example is Senate Resolution 1038 that unanimously passed in the Senate meeting on the 23rd of August, ‘In Support of Re-entry visas for Iranian students and scholars in the United States.’ The resolution was submitted, along with resolutions from Student Government Associations and statements from university administrators across the United States, to the Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs of the Department of State, in hopes of effecting change to the current policy.”

“Graduate students will be particularly pleased to find,” notes SGC-MMC Senate Speaker Velez, “that undergraduate Senators and Cabinet members will be in attendance, and will actively participate in the Town Hall Meetings by making presentations on how their respective position within SGC-MMC strives to incorporate the graduate constituency.”

For more information on the ‘Show Me The Money’ Town Hall Meetings, contact Graduate Senator and GSFC Chairwoman Erika Edwards at gsfc@fiu.edu. We hope to see you there!

Resolution SR 1036: In Support of Re-Entry Visas for Iranian Students and Scholars in US

August 5, 2010 1 comment

Agenda Item: In Support of Re-Entry Visas for Iranian Students and Scholars in US Date: 08/09/10
Sponsors: Erika Denise Edwards Graduate Senator, Rachel Emas Graduate Senator, T.J. Liguori Graduate Senator, Aman Muqeet Graduate Senator, Alex Barrio Law Senator, Dillon Arango Medical Senator

In Support of Re-Entry Visas for Iranian Students and Scholars in US

WHEREAS, The mission statement of the Student Government Council and its elected Senators and Members, states that we are “committed to providing and improving the overall student experience,” and “fostering student life, encouraging community involvement, and serving the common interest of the students,”

WHEREAS, Iranian students represent a considerable demographic in the United States and one of the major international student bodies in our institutions of higher education;

WHEREAS, Throughout the years they have had a significant impact on scientific growth of respective departments through numerous publications in scientific journals and international conferences;

WHEREAS, The Senate’s National Defense Authorization Act (S.3454) will require the White House to evaluate and report how the U.S. can increase educational exchanges with Iranian students and expand the number and types of visas available for Iranians to study in the U.S. The visa language in the Defense Authorization Act is part of an Iran Engagement Report (Section 1234), which the President will submit to Congress by January 31, 2011;

WHEREAS, Florida International University’s Quality Enhancement Plan is based upon Global Learning for Global Citizenship which will enable students to act as engaged global citizens and prides itself in having a large and diverse international student body;

WHEREAS, Florida International University has 47 Iranian students and Iran is one of top ten countries where international students hail from;

WHEREAS, The Single-entry visa policy of the United States towards Iranian students has prevented them from leaving the U.S. in case of family emergency or when attending international conferences. As a result they suffer prolonged separation from their families during the long course of studies particularly in PhD programs;

WHEREAS, Iranian students need to go through a long administrative procedure without any guarantee they will receive a new visa for re-entry upon leaving the country. In case of visa approval, the student must wait for further administrative processing which can take a long process. This interruption amid the course of studies can be of detrimental consequence to any student as well as their affiliated research labs and academic advisors.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, We the Student Body of Florida International University support the facilitation of re-entry conditions for Iranian students. We are certain that our international colleagues’ improved life condition will greatly benefit them as well as our institution, while entitling them to the same rights as our other international students. We further direct the Clerk of the Council to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to The Honorable Janice Jacobs Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs of the Department of State.

In favor: 21; Opposed: 0; Abstentions: 0; Status: Signed