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PSE Student Activities

PSE Mentoring

2019-2020 Mentoring Schedule

The peer mentoring program exists to assist students in Polymer Science and Engineering (PSE) department throughout their time in graduate school. These responsibilities are twofold and encompass (a) guiding incoming students through their transition into the rigorous graduate program and the major milestones of the first year and (b) providing academic, professional, and personal development opportunities for students at all levels of study. We strive to create a supportive, inclusive, and structured environment for graduate students to access UMass and PSE resources and network with fellow PSE students and faculty.

2019-2020 Mentoring Committee: mcommittee@mail.pse.umass.edu

First-Year Mentoring Committee

Senior Student Committee

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 include trips to local apple orchards, departmental bake offs, and game nights. PSE Club collaborates with the First Year and Upperclassmen Mentoring Committees to encourage community growth in the PSE Department. The Club is currently comprised of President - James Pagaduan, Treasurer - Walter Young, and Social Chair - Evon Petek (2019-2020).

2019-2020 PSE Club Officers

Outreach

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.

2019-2020 OUTREACH Coordinators

ASPIRE

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.

2019-2020 ASPIRE