Below are the events and programs that BGPSA sponsors or participates in. Please check out our Google calendar at the bottom of the page for specific times and dates of these events.


Mixers/Ice Breakers

 Mixers and ice-breaker events are effective ways to welcome faculty and students back to Auburn after academic breaks, recruit new BGPSA members, and stay in touch with existing members of the organization. During these events, activities are focused on encouraging communication and collaboration, and strengthening team-building skills.

Accountability Groups

Participants from the BGPSA membership are divided into teams whose members keeps each other accountable for completing academic goals set by an individual member. Teams are issued points they report to the academic chair each time they meet to work on course assignments, dissertations, theses, study, etc. The team with the most points at the end of the semester wins a prize!

Graduate 101 Panels

 An assembled panel of current graduate students from various disciplines is asked to advise and answer questions from minority undergraduates. Discussions mainly focus on the basic preparations needed to build a strong graduate/professional school application and how to be subsequently successful in an advanced degree program. Most importantly, the purpose of this event is to encourage minorities to enroll in and complete graduate and professional programs as part of the ultimate goal of increasing the number of underrepresented groups entering careers with advanced degrees.

Write Nites

 Since 2011, Write Nites have supported graduate and professional students in making progress or finishing significant writing projects. During Write Nites, students are provided the opportunity to receive and give constructive feedback on writing assignments, and learn new writing and peer-review skills. Facilitating peer writing groups has been critical to improving graduate and professional students’ academic success, especially with completion of theses and dissertations.

2013 - 2014 Juan Gilbert Distinguished Lecturer Series

As part of this program, established minority scholars are asked to speak to graduate and professional students about their journey through academia, including undergraduate/graduate studies, post-doc training, and other unique experiences that contributed to his/her current career in science as a researcher/professor/administrator. In addition, the lecturer is asked to share his/her advice on how to be successful future leaders in our fields.

  DR. JUAN GILBERT, PHD
Presidential Endowed Professor and Chair of the Human-Centered Computing Division Clemson University School of Computing Presidential Endowed Professor and Chair of the Human-Centered Computing Division Clemson University School of Computing

History in the Making: Innovation, Research, and Diversity
  DR. VIVIAN L. CARTER, PHD, MHR
Chair and Associate Professor Department of Psychology and Sociology Tuskegee University

Having My Say: My Place in this World
  DR. WINSTON THOMPSON, PHD
Associate Professor Director of Research, Obstetrics and Gynecology Morehouse School of Medicine

Navigating the Challenges of the  Scientific Workforce

Be the Match

Be The Match On Campus began as a grassroots effort by passionate students committed to saving the lives of patients who need a bone marrow transplant. Students have partnered with Be The Match® and brought tremendous value to these live-saving efforts. In turn, Be The Match began helping students set up school chapters so they can provide a unique, long-lasting legacy to your campus and pass on all that they’ve learned to future chapter members. Be The Match On Campus began as a grassroots effort by passionate students committed to saving the lives of patients who need a bone marrow transplant. Students have partnered with Be The Match® and brought tremendous value to these live-saving efforts. In turn, Be The Match began helping students set up school chapters so they can provide a unique, long-lasting legacy to your campus and pass on all that they’ve learned to future chapter members.

The BIG Event

Auburn SGA’s BIG Event is a student-run volunteer day which encourages college students and faculty to thank the community for providing a thriving environment to live and learn. During last years BIG Event, 3200 students served over 200 schools, homes, and churches. This year will be even bigger! Join us as we make a tangible difference in the Auburn community. Auburn SGA’s BIG Event is a student-run volunteer day which encourages college students and faculty to thank the community for providing a thriving environment to live and learn. During last years BIG Event, 3200 students served over 200 schools, homes, and churches. This year will be even bigger! Join us as we make a tangible difference in the Auburn community.

Graduation Dinner

The BGPSA hosts a festive dinner for and present gifts to matriculating graduate and professional students. This event acknowledges and rewards graduating students for their hard work and highlights the addition of minority students entering various fields with advanced degrees. Graduation dinners are held during winter and spring semester University graduations and in collaboration with minority organizations such as the President’s Graduate Opportunities Program (PGOP) scholars.