Membership in the PSE Club is intended to foster and develop:
- (a) An amicable working relationship among students, both in the laboratory and socially.
- (b) Members’ academic commitment to both their own research and the research community within the Polymer Science and Engineering Department.
- (c) Associational relationships between members and professors in the department and university.
- (d) Appreciation of the value of interaction with and service for the community regarding scientific development.
All active students in the Polymer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst are eligible to become members of the PSE Club. Members in their second year or greater are eligible to run for the Project Coordinator positions, and members in their third year or greater are eligible to run for all Club positions.
Meetings are held approximately every two months, usually during the lunch hour of noon-1pm.
The President presides over all meetings of the Officers and meetings of the General Club membership. The President serves as the liaison between the students and the faculty, and the students and the university.
Current President –Michael Imburgia(email@example.com)
The General Administrator fills the role of executive coordinator of the Club. The G.A. also serves as the Club Treasurer, carrying out those responsibilities necessary to the financial stability of the Club.
Current General Admin.– Patrick Homyak(firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Project Coordinators outline the goals and responsibilities of PSE Club projects, assign projects to members, and oversee their completion.
Current Project Coordinators:
Services to the Students
Tutoring – Club establishes tutors for the first year PSE classes (Engineering, Physical Chemistry and Synthetic Chemistry).
1st Year Party – Welcomes new 1st years and introduces them to the upperclassmen.
Fall/Spring Picnics/Holiday Party – Social interaction for the students, faculty and staff.
Field Trips/Workshops – Past trips included the Plastics Museum, Solutia, and others. Workshops on interviewing, networking and presentation skills.
Interview Postings – Maintains 3rd floor job postings board for ease of use for students and post-docs seeking positions.
Intramural Sports – Creates a fun and healthy environment in which to bond with those both inside and outside the department.
Services to the Department
Hosting/Building Tours – Provide hosts for prospective students and give tours to visitors, alumni, and others.
Seminar – Keep A/V equipment in working order during Friday seminars and are responsible for room set-up and breakdown.
Alumni Newsletter – Annual newsletter mailed to alumni informing them of departmental activities of the past and present year.
1st Year Pictures –Organizing student pictures for posting on lobby electronic boards.
Services to the Community
The ASPIRE program is designed for high school students interested in science in which a series of experiments and laboratory discussions are conducted by graduate students from the Polymer Science and Engineering Department. This program was put together with the goal of introducing high school students to various aspects of polymer science and engineering that could not be taught in a conventional classroom.
For more information about ASPIRE, please see the official Outreach site.
The Outreach program consists of 15-20 PSE Club students all sharing a common goal of educating the community about polymer science and engineering. The program currently gives 10-15 presentations each year to various schools in the area, and reaches over 700 K-12 students. The presentation entitled “Polymers All Around Us” touches upon all aspects of polymer science, specifically chemistry, physics and engineering. It is a highly interactive program with the goal of encouraging thought and discussion of how polymers impact our lives on a daily basis. Numerous hands-on demonstrations are performed throughout the program (including the Poly-Human, super-absorbent polymers, and slime), and the presentation is tailored to the target age group.
For more information about outreach programs, please see the official Outreach site.
For more information about the PSE Club at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, please contact the President of PSE Club Michael Imburgia(email@example.com) or the faculty representative for the PSE Club Alan Lesser (firstname.lastname@example.org).