Graduate Student Association Elections

The election for the new GSA leadership has begun! You can get to the online ballot at this link: (If you have not logged into CatLife before, you will be first prompted to activate your account).


UC Merced Graduate Student Association Election Criterion and Timeline

Statement of decorum

As future faculty and professionals, we are setting an example to our student body and thus need to be democratic about this process.
Expectations of nominees and affiliates

No one should feel unsafe to nominate, run, or vote for the candidate of their choice. Peers are allowed to endorse nominees. However, the spread of rumors and/or shaming of any nominee or affiliate is unacceptable and will be reprimanded. Monetary approaches to nominee endorsement or campaigning are also prohibited.

A “Meet the Candidates” voting party will take place on a date and time TBD. Facilitators of the event are current officers who will not be running again.

Nominees must be currently enrolled as a full-time student at UC Merced this semester in order to run, a simple majority is needed to be elected. Nominees must declare potential conflicts of interest with other nominees (i.e. relatedness, significant others, and/or being a part of the same research group). If there is a tie, the current Executive Council and Delegate Assembly will vote on a candidate with ⅔ majority needed for election. A student can only hold one role and will need to choose if elected for two or more roles.

Students elected will meet with the current GSA prior to August 2019 to discuss transitions and graduate student needs. Students elected will meet with nominees who were not elected to encourage community-oriented conversations and discourage hostility within the student body.

Please forward violations of these election criterion to Grad Division at or

If you feel harassed or targeted, please contact Tashelle Wright - Climate, Diversity & Equity Officer at or the UC Merced Ombuds Office 209-228-4410

Comments and suggestions are welcome at

Election Timeline

Nominations: March 21st - April 11th
Elections: April 12th - April 19th
Voting Party: April 12th
Voting Results: Week of April 23rd
Inauguration: Friday, April 27th

All nominations should be sent to Steve Lerer at

The following positions for Executive Council are open for nominations: 

  • President 
  • Internal Vice President 
  • External Vice President 
  • Academic Affairs Officer 
  • Internal Communications Officer
  • Treasurer 
  • Public Relations/Community Outreach Officer 
  • International Affairs Officer 
  • Climate, Diversity and Equity Officer

The following positions for Delegate Assembly are open for nominations in this election: 

  • Chemistry and Chemical Biology
  • Cognitive & Information Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary Humanities
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychological Sciences
  • Public Health

The following positions for Delegate Assembly will be elected through the respective graduate student club:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Bioengineering & Small Scale Technologies
  • Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
  • Environmental Systems
  • Quantitative & Systems Biology
  • Sociology

Delegate Assembly elections will elect both the primary and alternate delegates

Votes will be tallied and the winner will be the one with a 50% + 1 vote.

If no candidate receives a majority of votes, the candidate with the most votes (plurality) will be recommended to the new Delegate Assembly for appointment by the sitting executive board.

Thank you! We look forward to working with you on building our next graduate leadership team.