October 16, 2000
1999 - 2000 GSAC Minutes Archive
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Bill Williams, Acting Dean of MCS attended this week's meeting, along with John Woolford, a professor from the Department of Biological Sciences. General introductions were made.
II. CAREER DEVELOPMENT
John Woolford has organized career seminars for the department of Biological Sciences in previous years and presented some background information about this process to the GSAC. The seminars, intended to offer students some insight into career options outside of academia, featured speakers with positions in a variety of companies. Speakers would typically spend an entire day at Carnegie Mellon.
Presentations were held on Thursday mornings, at the same time as undergraduate colloquia, in order to accommodate more students. Videotapes were also available so that students who were unable to attend could view the presentations. Speakers would then be available to meet with smaller groups of students for questions in a more informal setting. Lunch would be available for the entire department, and then a small group of students would have dinner with the speaker. Science magazine's web site has a section that profiles careers in the sciences, which might be a good place to identify potential speakers - http://nextwave.sciencemag.org/.
GSAC members were interested in arranging these types of seminars again. Consideration will be given to whether seminars should be college-wide or departmental. In either case, existing colloquium time spots could be used to accommodate the presentations. Members will survey the students in their departments to see if they would be genuinely interested in attending this type of seminar. Responses should be e-mailed to David Owen at email@example.com or Katya Malkin at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, October 30 - one week before the next GSAC meeting.
III. POSTER SESSION/SOCIAL EVENT
Arindam Chowdhury did some preliminary research and planning for the poster session/social event. He presented his findings to the group:
1. Schatz Dining Room
IV.PILOT TA EVALUATIONS
Members were asked to give their opinions on whether it is best distribute both FCEs and pilot evaluation forms to students on the same day. The general consensus was that two forms on the same day would result in poorer quality responses from students. Members were in favor of distributing pilot forms only.
As a reminder - our next Meeting is Monday, November 6 in DH 1322 from 8:30 - 9:30 am.