MCS GSAC Meeting Minutes
January 26, 2004

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January 26, 2004

GSAC Meeting
Monday, January 26, 2004

In attendance:

Allison Marciszyn (BSC)
Justin Douglas (CMY)
Violeta Marin (CMY)
Gerard Brunick (MSC)
Abhijit Brahme (PHY)
Oner Kozan (PHY)

Gregg Franklin
Katya Malkin

Allison Marciszyn, new member from Biological Sciences, joined the meeting today - welcome Allison!

1. Poster Session
This year's poster session is planned for:

Friday, February 13
6:30 - 9:00 PM
UC Rangos 2 & 3

This year's prizes will be four gift certificates to, $125 each. This year there will be four names drawn from the entire group of poster presenters (rather than one from each of the four departments) so that everyone who presents will have an equal chance of winning.

Everyone agreed that last year's food and beverages were good, so we plan on having the same this year. Katya distributed a copy of last year's menu. If anyone does have a suggestion for change, please let her know by Monday, February 9.

GSAC members should recruit students from their departments to present posters. Remember, they can be posters that have been created for other events. The idea is to give other students a brief description of their work.

GSAC members will take turns checking IDs at the door. It's probably a good idea for you to arrive about a half hour early to help set up.

This year we will try to get more faculty and post-docs to come.

2. Career Events
There is a Graduate Student Job Fair and Project Showcase being held by the Career Center on February 18. It will run as follows:

9:30 am - 1:00 pm Graduate Student Job Fair (Rangos 2 & 3)
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Graduate Student Project Showcase (Rangos 1)
The MCS GSAC, along with the Career Center, will host a career discussion panel for PhD students on Monday, March 8 from 1:30 - 3:00 in the Connan Room.

We hope to get one or two alumni from each department to join the panel. Gregg has already invited Art Boni from GSIA to attend. Art's PhD is in a science field and his current focus is on entrepreneurship.

If possible, GSAC members should talk to their department heads (or other faculty in their departments) to see if they have made contact with any alumni for the event. GSAC members should also encourage students and post-docs in their departments to attend.

3. Future Issues
GSAC will meet in March after the career panel and discuss plans for a future meeting with the Dean. At that time, we will generate a list of issues or concerns that we can present to the Dean at a future meeting. Several issues that were brought up at today's meeting were:
  • Security in and around Mellon Institute
  • Lack of on-line access to Nature through the library
  • Fire alarms in Mellon Institute
  • Graduate student survey, college-wide: Do we need one?
4. Happy Hour
This semester's happy hour is planned for Friday, April 2. Since we were unable to reserve the Singleton Room, we will most likely hold the happy hour in Mellon again. However, The Singleton Room has been reserved for Friday, November 5 so we can use if for next fall's happy hour.