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Form a GSO

To apply for recognition as an official Geo-Institute Graduate Student Organization, please follow these steps:

Fill out the online GSO application form

When you submit your completed online GSO application form, your information will be conveyed to the G-I staff member serving as liaison to GSOs, Tatiana Vlasova. For your proposed GSO, you will be asked to provide:

  • Faculty advisor’s name and contact information (mailing address, phone, and email)
  • Sponsoring Department Chair name and contact information (mailing address, phone, and email)
  • Mailing address for the GSO
  • Mission Statement – What is the long-term goal for your GSO?
  • Major Objectives – What steps will you take to achieve your mission?
  • Mode of Operation – Who will make decisions about how your GSO will operate? How will it be funded?
  • Procedures for Governance – How and when will your leaders be selected?
  • Structure Outline – Who are the leaders of your GSP, and what are you calling their roles? (I.e., Chair – or President?)

Send additional items via email

Send the required supplemental items via email to Tatiana Vlasova:

  • Letter of support from the chair of the sponsoring department [Sample Letter of Support]
  • Faculty advisor’s resume
  • GSO Officer titles, names,  ASCE/G-I member #, and contact information (mailing address and email)
  • List of initial GSO members, including name, email, and ASCE/G-I member #

What happens next?

After your complete application has been received, it will be presented at the next meeting of the Geo-Institute Board of Governors for their approval. The Board meets face-to-face or via teleconference approximately every two months.

Once the Board has approved your application, your advisor will receive a welcome letter and a GSO Membership Certificate. At this time, you can begin to actively run your GSO while arrangements are made to establish it’s presence on the G-I website (or link to your GSO’s existing website, if preferred.)


Contact Tatiana Vlasova.