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PSE Student Activities

PSE Club

PSE Club is a group of second year polymer science and engineering graduate students whose mission is to provide a positive social environment and events for graduate students, post doctorates, faculty, and staff in the PSE Department. The Club assists in departmental, administrative, and social activities to maintain a connection between the PSE student body and departmental faculty. Hosting a guest seminar speaker chosen by the student body, aiding with CUMIRP, and facilitating the prospective student recruitment are among the ways PSE Club provides professional and social venues for PSE students to network and communicate. Bimonthly events would include trips to local apple orchards, departmental bake offs, and game nights, this year it is online cook-alongs and multiplayer games among others. PSE Club collaborates with the First Year Mentoring and Senior Student Committees to encourage community growth in the PSE Department. The Club is currently composed of President - Cornelia Meissner, VP - John Daguerre-Bradford, Treasurer - Alex McGlasson, Social Chair - Roshni Chethalen, Internal Liaison Eva Morgenthaler, and External Liaison Autumn Mineo (2020-2021).

2020-2021 PSE Club Officers


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.

2021-2022 OUTREACH Coordinators


The ASPIRE program is designed for high school students interested in science in which a series of laboratory experiments and 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.

2021-2022 ASPIRE Organizing Committee

ACS POLY/PMSE Student Chapter

UMass Amherst officially has an ACS PMSE/POLY Student Chapter! Our student chapter’s goal is to provide opportunities for students to facilitate their growth scientifically and professionally, through activities including professional development events, seminar series, and company tours/talks. We plan to work in conjunction with existing groups within the UMass PSE department, including PSE Club, First Year Mentoring, and the Outreach groups. More broadly, our chapter will collaborate with other ACS PMSE/POLY student chapters to bring additional events to the UMass Amherst community.

We were very excited to be a part of the 2021 Macromolecular Summer Seminar Series featuring 36 expert speakers from universities across the country - and we hope that you will join us for the remaining events. We additionally hosted a “Random Walks from a PhD series” during the summer, designed to bring in PMSE/POLY Fellows as well as PSE alum to give seminars at PSE. During the fall semester, we’ve enjoyed events like Apple Picking with PMSE POLY, as well as co-hosting a coffee hour with the Fall 2021 3M Diversity speaker, Dr. Michelle Gaines!


2021-2022 POLY/PMSE Officers: