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PSE Student Activities

PSE Mentoring

The Mentoring Program assists new PSE graduate students in their transition to a rigorous graduate program. Regular meetings provide opportunities for new students to approach more senior students regarding topics such as the advisor selection process, coursework, cumulative exams, fellowships, and department resources just to name a few. Additional events strengthen department ties including alumni panels, socials, and orientation picnics

2017-2018 Mentoring Committee

PSE Club

PSE Club is a group of graduate student polymer scientists and engineers whose mission is to strengthen the relations between the community, faculty, and student body. Regular meetings are conducted to organize activities including social gatherings, sporting events, field trips, and prospective student recruitment. PSE Club organizes a group of senior students as class tutors and collaborates with Mentoring and Outreach programs to provide a pleasant environment for the exchange of experiences and ideas between groups.

2017-2018 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.

2017-2018 OUTREACH

ASPIRE

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.

2017-2018 ASPIRE