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Giving to GSS

Why give to GSS?

As a non-profit organization, nested within the University at Buffalo Foundation (UBF), donations are the lifeblood of GSS. Since 1983, this historic event has been benefiting students across the United States and Canada.

The Graduate Student Symposium Mission

Since inception, the mission of GSS has centered on four tenets: (1) to provide graduate students a platform to publicly present their research in an atmosphere which is (2) entirely organized by graduate students, (3) composed primarily of peers and (4) affordable (when possible, free) for registrants, attendees, and presenters. Further, GSS is a uniquely low-stress symposium aimed at allowing graduate students to perfect public presentation and networking skills. As a result, there are countless benefits for students attending, but in brief, GSS offers: 

· An opportunity to present an oral presentation or poster in a low-stress environment 
· Keynote lectures by prominent chemists
· Opportunities for networking with other graduate students from across the United States and Canada 
· Opportunities to interact and network with keynotes one-on-one during the numerous networking breaks, lectures, presentation sessions, and special events 

The Graduate Student Symposium Legacy

Analytical Chemistry Editorial 1987

Considered to be the longest running event of its kind, for over 30 years GSS has proven to be a vital resource for graduate students developing their nascent careers in chemistry. Attendees from professional backgrounds and keynote speakers are often surprised by the dynamic and professional tenor of the event run at a fraction of the resources of larger technical conferences. In an Analytical Chemistry editorial piece (to the left), the late G. H. Morrison best captured this sentiment:

"Having personally observed this unique event, I urge students from other universities to participate in this or similar 'students only' research symposia. What better way to prepare for the 'real world'?

The special preparation that GSS provides is further demonstrated by the success of past GSS organizers who have gone on to obtain careers within the field, in both industry and academia.


Chemistry Graduate Students' Symposium

Analytical Chemistry 1987 59 (17), 999A-999A

How to donate?

We appreciate any form of support. Even if you are unable to provide a monetary donation at this time, please like us on Facebook or follow us on LinkedIn

Donations can be made by electronic check, or major credit card directly with UBF, by filling out the form provided here or select the image below.


If you are having trouble with the link to the site above, just copy and paste the following address into your browser "https://ubfoundation.buffalo.edu/giving/index.php?gift_allocation=9351786926".

By Mail:
Monetary donations can be made by a check payable to "University at Buffalo Foundation" with "GSS" in the memo and sent to:

Ms. Michelle Burger
Assistant to the Chair
Department of Chemistry
University at Buffalo
369 Natural Sciences Complex
Buffalo, NY 14260-3000

If you have any special requests, for example a donation in memoriam, please attach a letter with your donation or contact us directly here or by e-mail at chemistrybuffalogss@gmail.com. 

Corporations interested in donating to GSS, please visit our Sponsorship Inquiry page.

Is GSS a non-profit as recognized by the IRS?

Yes. The Graduate Student Symposium is an organization nested under the University at Buffalo Foundation, Inc. which is a non-profit educational corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Where will your funds go?

GSS funding is used based on a priority system. First there are essential items, such as funding for keynotes, facilities/room reservations, technology, programs, nametags, etc. The second priority group is for refreshments, meals, and social events. The last priority group is for student travel awards (to bring in students from outside institutions).