Graduate Planning Student Association (GPSA)

The Graduate Planning Student Association at a recent student event.

The Graduate Planning Student Association is a student-led organization dedicated to representing the academic and professional interests of graduate students in urban planning at University at Buffalo.

Our mission is to cultivate graduate student excellence in academic study, professional development, and community service. We organize events and activities to foster academic enrichment, career development, social connections, and community engagement.


The GPSA is open to all Master of Urban Planning and PhD in Urban and Regional Planning students at the University at Buffalo. The GPSA works collaboratively with departmental faculty and staff and other student organizations in the School of Architecture and Planning to enhance the graduate student experience. We are the student link to the local and national chapters of the American Planning Association and strongly encourage students to travel to the local and national conferences every year. The GPSA holds monthly meetings on campus during the academic year and all students are encouraged to attend and participate. The GPSA also hosts events and activities, including Plansgiving, happy hours, software tutorials, professional networking events, and guest speakers.  

2019 - 2020 Officers

Originally from Vermont, Julia has been living and working in Buffalo for the past five years. She is a second-year Master of Urban Planning student, specializing in Neighborhood Planning and Community Development, and a fellow with the WNY Prosperity Fellowship Program. She’s especially interested in working on solutions to complex challenges facing Buffalo’s communities, such as development without displacement, climate justice, and post-industrial just transition planning.  She currently works with the Clean Air Coalition of WNY as the Grassroots Development Organizer. In her free time, she likes to play soccer, ski, explore Buffalo, and go on adventures.  
Nirupama Stalin is a second year Master of Urban Planning student within the University at Buffalo’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning. She is specializing in Urban Design and Physical Planning. Prior to enrolling in the program, Nirupama received her Bachelor’s degree in Planning from School of Planning and Architecture in Vijayawada, India. Additionally, Nirupama has participated in various planning projects in India ranging from area development plans to regional development plans, where she also gained knowledge in real estate development and economics. Nirupama would like to pursue a career in design for inclusive environments, food systems, and environmental planning. Outside of her graduate studies, Nirupama enjoys playing badminton, cooking, and learning new languages.

Contact Information

To begin getting connected to both first and second year students you can check out the Graduate Planning Student Association’s Facebook page.

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