What do GPC’s do, and why should you care?

Navigating the twists and turns of your graduate school experience can be complicated. Not a shocking statement — I know.  Keeping up with deadlines, sorting through the myriad of paperwork, and knowing how to use the resources at your disposal can be tricky. Graduate Program Coordinator’s (GPC’s) can help you conquer the rough seas of your graduate program.

This post aims to answer some general questions about GPC’s such as: Who are GPC’s? What can they help me with? How do I find out who my GPC is? Will my GPC provide me with food?

“Basically, your GPC is almost like the university concierge in some ways.” – Brian Joy, Department of Geology GPC

Brian Joy, the GPC for the Department of Geology at Utah State, described GPC’s as a liaison between graduate students and the Research and Graduate School. Your GPC can assist you with the majority of graduate school related challenges including academic holds, insurance, and tuition.

Aside from helping students in these seemingly traditional ways, a GPC may also serve as a student advocate should any issues arise between a student and the Graduate School. GPC’s are pretty useful, yeah? But, despite all the help a GPC can provide, they sometimes go underutilized.

“I don’t care what it is you have a question about,” said Kami McNeil, the GPC for the Department of Biology who’s been in the position for the past six years. “I have more resources than you may think.”

A GPC can help students with other challenges outside of graduate school, as well. If you need help finding a place to live, making heads or tails of the public transit system, or general questions about assimilating into the local culture — consider contacting your GPC.

“Basically, your GPC is almost like the university concierge in some ways,” Joy said. “Especially for new students because, you know, they’re coming from all over the world. They have no idea what’s going on in Logan.”

No matter what your concerns are, the message is clear: Use your GPC.

“No question is stupid or too insignificant to be addressed,” Joy said. “Come and see your Graduate Program Coordinator.”

Every department of graduate study at Utah State University has at least one GPC on staff. Keep in mind that the roles of GPC’s vary based on the department they’re in. The easiest way to find out who your GPC is to click here, follow the link, and email the appropriate GPC. If you still have doubt about who your GPC is, contact your academic advisor and they can direct you accordingly.

Good luck!