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Get Involved in Student Government

Undergraduate Student Senate

Student Senate is always looking for new members, and all of our general body meetings are open to the campus so please come sit in! We also hold individual committee meetings that handle specific initiatives, the times of which are posted on our Facebook page. General Body Meetings are held in MM103, every Thursday at 5:00 p.m.

If you want to know how to become a full member, please read the descriptions below.

Senators vs. Members-at-Large

A Member-at-Large in Senate may serve on a committee, participate in any committee initiatives, and participate during general body meetings, but may not vote in general body proceedings.  A Senator, however, after being elected to represent his/her college (see below for how to become a Senator), may vote.

How to Become a Senator

There are two ways to become a senator:

  • Every Spring, the undergraduate students from every college elect senators to represent them.
  • If there is a vacancy during the year in your college you can submit a petition [PDF] with 25 signatures from your college.

How to Become a Member-at-Large

You must attend 3 general body meetings of the senate and then be nominated by a senator in your home college.


Graduate Student Assembly

The Graduate Student Assembly is made up of more than 90 graduate student representatives.  Representatives are selected at the program level.  Timeline and procedures vary from program to program, so speak to your Graduate Program Coordinator for details on how your program selects its GSA Representatives.
We also have several committees that are open to all members of CMU's graduate student community.  More information on our committees can be found here on our website.

Serving on the Joint Funding Committee

If you would like to be a member of the Joint Funding Committee, which is chaired by the Student Body Vice President for Finance, please contact sbvpf@andrew.cmu.edu.   More information on the JFC can be found at the official JFC website.

Don't forget that there are a number of other projects being sponsored by Student Government. If you are interested in any of these initiatives or have ideas of your own, contact us and we would love to work with you!


Committee of Student Organizations (CoSO)

CoSO as a group helps determine what student organizations would become part of the Carnegie Mellon community and obtain Student Government recognition, and aid all types of organizations in the new recognition and re-recognition processes for our 350+ organizations. CoSO meets weekly for approximately one to two hours each time.

If you would like to be a member of the CoSO which is chaired by the Student Body Vice President for Organizations, please contact sbvpo@andrew.cmu.edu. More information on CoSO can be found under the SBVPO tab to the left.


Collaborative Funding Committee (CFC)

CFC is a committee established to read through applications that are submitted through the Common Funding Application that have checked off the ‘Collaborative Fund’ as a funding option. The application should demonstrate that there is a significant collaboration between two or more groups that are working together to make the event and/or initiative take place. CFC meets bimonthly for one hour each time (depending on application submissions).

If you would like to be a member of the CFC, which is chaired by the Student Body Vice President for Organizations, please contact sbvpo@andrew.cmu.edu. More information on the CFC can be found under the SBVPO tab to the left.


University Center Allocations Board (UCAB)

UCAB is a committee that reads through applications submitted by organizations requesting space in the University Center’s third floor, Doherty Parking Garage basement, and Margaret Morrison storefront. As a group, UCAB then makes decisions on assignments of space to organizations. UCAB meets biweekly for two hours each time.

Each UCAB committee serves for two years because space is reallocated every two years. The UCAB committee for the 2016-2018 cycle has been selected in early 2016. If you would like to be a member of UCAB, which is chaired by the Student Body Vice President for Organizations, for the 2018-2020 cycle, please contact sbvpo@andrew.cmu.edu. More information on UCAB can be found under the SBVPO tab to the left.


Running for Office

If you would like to run for Student Body President, Student Body Vice-President, Student Body Vice-President for Finance, or Student Body Vice-President for Organizations, or your college Senator, campus-wide elections are held every Spring. Visit the official student government election application for additional information.


Apply for the Elections Board!

The Elections Board are appointed positions by the Student Body President, responsible for running the Spring Elections. Apply now for a position by contacting sbp@andrew.cmu.edu.