ESP Webinar Guide now available! new

As of January 2017, the ESP department supports a GoToMeeting webinar account subscription. This service enables remote participation in departmental seminars, meetings, orientations, graduate student defenses, and other activities. The GSA has developed a user-friendly webinar guide to enable all ESP graduate students, faculty, post-docs, and staff to use the service. If you would like to use the webinar service, please review the guide and email us with any comments or questions (


The ESP-GSA is a GMU organization, open to all graduate students in the ESP department as well as any graduate student interested in environmental science and environmental policy. Download a membership application and join today!  The ESP-GSA also puts together the Graduate Student Handbook for ESP, a very useful resource. This is the updated version (February 2017).

If you missed the Spring 2017 ESPGSA Graduate Student Orientation in January, you may click on the following links to catch up:

Our Goals

  • To foster a sense of community
  • To increase communication within the ESP department and with other GMU departments
  • To advocate for graduate student interests and concerns
  • To provide a unified voice for members
  • To provide extracurricular activities and have fun!
  • To provide special academic events relevant to student interests
  • To showcase graduate student achievements
  • To foster graduate student and faculty interaction

GSA Committee 2016-17

President: Rachel Golden Kroner (
Vice President: Casey Pehrson (
Secretary: Betsy Collins (
Treasurer: Blake Klocke (
Student Rep: Elly Roland (
Social Chair: Tovah Siegel (


L-R: Rachel Golden Kroner, Casey Pehrson, Betsy Collins, Blake Klocke, Elly Roland, Toval Siegel

Our general email is

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Chris Parsons

Join our Facebook group to follow updates about the ESP-GSA, events, & more!  Search for “GMU ESP GSA” in Facebook to be added to the group.

EVENTS (usually during the fall and spring semesters)

Mark your calendars!

February 16, 2017: Happy hour at Auld Shebeen, 5:00 – 7:00pm (3971 Chain Bridge Rd)
March 20, 2017: Coffee hour at Gathering Grounds, 5:00 – 7:00pm (10637 Braddock Rd)
April 13, 2017: Happy hour at Brion’s Grille, 5:00- 7:00pm (10621 Braddock Rd)
End of spring semester: Annual winery event (details below)

The ESP GSA’s spring winery event is at Barrel Oak Winery at 1:00 pm on Sunday, April 30th, 2017.

All faculty, staff, and graduate students are invited to join!
The event is potluck style so please feel free to bring your favorite dish!

Barrel Oak Winery
3623 Grove Lane
Delaplane, Virginia 20144

Also, please join the ESP-GSA Facebook group. This is the best way to receive updates about events, job postings, and other resources:


Dues: $10 per semester; $20 for full year
Please submit this membership form electronically to or in person to any member of the ESP-GSA board.

If paying by cash: Please submit payment in person to any member of the ESP-GSA board.
If paying by check: Please write “ESP-GSA Dues” on your check. Mail check to:

ESP-GSA c/o Barbara Campbell
Office of Student Involvement
George Mason University
4400 University Drive
Fairfax VA 22030


List of previous Travel Grant Award Recipients (HTML); Travel Grant Award Recipients (PDF).


ESP-GSA will review applications for Conference Travel Grants in October and April of every year. Applicants must apply before travel and will not be reimbursed until after returning from travel.

Who is eligible?

Current ESP-GSA members (current members are defined as those who have attended at least 1 event this semester and paid dues this semester — $10 per semester before the application due date) in good standing with the Association and with the University, and who will attend a conference or workshop in support of their academic progress.

For conferences occurring June 1* to October 1, submit applications by April 1. For conferences occurring between October 1 and April 1, submit ESP-GSA travel grant applications by October 1.
(*eligible conference dates updated 3/2017 to reflect new Student Funding Board policies)

New applicants will be given priority over repeat applicants. Applicants presenting research are given priority.

What is it?
Up to $250 in financial assistance for ESP-GSA members to attend a conference.

When can I apply?
Applications are due April 1 and October 1 of each year.

How can I apply?
1) Fill in the travel grant application form and submit supporting documentation AND
2) Email your application to the current ESP-GSA Treasurer and CC to to ensure that your application is promptly received.

Consider applying so the ESP-GSA can help fund your conference travel!


1) Open your Google Calendar in your web browser.

2) On the bar on the left side of the screen below your Calendar(s) you will see a drop down of “Other Calendars”

3) Click on the arrow on the RIGHT of the “Other Calendars” drop-down (the arrow on the left will simply open/close the menu of these calendars).

4) Select “Add by URL”

5) paste this link into the window that pops up

6) If you wish to add the webinar calendar follow the same procedure and use this link