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PSE55 Reunion

PSE55 Virtual Alumni Reunion ~ Thursday, June 24, 2021

4:00pm - 6:00pm EDT  Round Table & Panels @ Zoom

7:30pm - 10:30pm EDT  Social Hour @ Gather.town

In 1966, the graduate pro­gram in Polymer Science and Engineering was officially started, with Roger Porter appointed as its head and the first class of doctoral students admitted (see Prof. Bill MacKnight’s historical retrospective here)​.

PSE55 celebrates the founding and evolution of the program, the important scientific and technological achievements of its alumni and faculty, and the long-term impact the program has had on interdisciplinary education in polymeric mate­rials. In particular, we will provide a retrospective on the formal PSE Outreach program, now in it's 25th year! We will share some of the historical, and perhaps more interesting, anecdotal comments of 'students' who initiated the program back in 1996 -  as well as more recent Outreach initiatives and it's positive impact in the community. The PSE55 Reunion will be held on June 24, 2021, as a one day virtual gathering of current and former students, postdocs and faculty of PSE.

Registration will soon be open.

PSE55 Virtual Alumni Reunion Agenda  ~ Thursday, June 24, 2021

4:00 - 4:15 Welcoming Remarks from Department Head David Hoagland

Short Video/Slide Show "PSE Through the Years, Back Then and Now"

4:15 to 5:15 Roundtable Discussion ~ "The Past, Present and Future of  PSE Outreach and APSIRE programs".  Reaching out to the community to share the excitement about research in polymers, materials and STEM more broadly.

5:15 to 6:00 Parallel Break Out Sessions  ~ Alumni Panels covering various topics for networking opportunities for alums and career advice for current students and post-docs.


7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Social Hour on Gather.town ~ A change to reconnect with classmates, interact  with fellow research group members, and to broaden your network by meeting fellow PSE Alumni while also connecting with current students and the future entering class of 2021.

Please contact Prof. Bryan Coughlin (EBC@UMass.edu) if you would like to volunteer to assist with planning.