Arijit Guha Graduate Student Advocacy Awards

The Arijit Guha Graduate Student Advocacy Awards recognize and reward ASU graduate students’ involvement, service, and leadership in advancing a cause through advocacy efforts.

Award Background

The Arijit Guha Graduate Student Advocacy Award is in memory of an ASU graduate student, Arijit Guha, who was taken by colon cancer. Arijit brought unprecedented attention to the issue of coverage caps in student health care through his Poopstrong campaign. He raised over $100,000 for his treatment through this viral grassroots effort which was led by graduate students at ASU. Upon finding the coverage he needed for his treatment, he donated thousands of dollars to local nonprofits and research centers dedicated to fighting cancer.

The Award

GPSA will provide two monetary awards to students enrolled in a graduate or professional program who demonstrate excellence in their advocacy efforts to advance a particular cause. Preference will be given to advocacy efforts carried out since January 2015. Participation in any cause is acceptable. Some examples include hunger, poverty, student debt, education, research funding, open education, human rights, immigrant rights, peace, etc. The awards reward students’ excellence in advocating for a cause and are not intended to reward a cause itself. Each award totals $500. The Arijit Guha Graduate Student Advocacy recipients will be honored during a GPSA reception in April.

Applicant Eligibility

All current graduate and professional students across all four campuses are eligible for these awards. The application deadline is March 1, 2017.

Application Materials

  • Complete ZoomGrants Awards Application.  The following documents are also uploaded into ZoomGrants.
    • If you are applying for more than one award, you will need to create an additional alias. The software program will only allow one award to be submitted per email address, in order to prevent duplicate applications.
    • You can create an alias through your MyASU by going to Profile -> Contact Details -> Public Email -> Click the pen sign beside Current alias and create a different alias like Alias1. Your email will now be
  • A Current CV (4 page maximum) focused on service, leadership, and advocacy.  Please do not include your name on the CV, as we maintain a blind review process.
  • Two letters of reference from community or faculty members

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of graduate students from various programs/departments at ASU.

To apply, enter ZoomGrants and please complete the application form.

Contact Information

GPSA Awards Staff at

Past Recipients

Please select an award year: 2013-2014