About the GSA
The Chemistry Graduate Student Association is an organization that provides graduate students with opportunities for professional development and outreach, helps to facilitate the recruitment and retention of chemistry graduate students, and helps to foster community within the chemistry department and between the chemistry department and other departments within the Eberly College of Science and Penn State. The purpose is to promote the well-being of chemistry graduate students and provide them with meaningful opportunities for career advancement.
All chemistry graduate students are automatically enrolled in the organization. Anyone is free to join in our events, such as coffee hours, seminars, and town hall meetings. Board members send emails prior to these events announcing when and where the events will be. Furthermore, if students want to get more involved in the planning of activities or have ideas for new events, the board will gladly help to make those ideas a reality.
The Chemistry GSA is always looking to help the students take advantage of opportunities available to them as graduate students and to be the best scientists that they can be by the end of their Ph.D. Being involved in something outside of lab helps students make a difference in their community in addition to the impact their research already has.
What Can the GSA Do For Me?
- Seminars by individuals from industry, academia, government and non-traditional jobs
- Community outreach opportunities
- A sense of community within our department and the university as a whole
Sponsors Days is an on-site recruiting opportunity that occurs early in the fall semester, typically the first or second week of September. For more than 40 years, Sponsors Days has brought industry representatives and recruiters to the Department of Chemistry in order to meet students and faculty. This two-day event enables recruiters to meet and interview our graduate students as well as discuss science and possible collaborations with our faculty.