MCS GSAC Meeting Minutes
May 18, 2006

| MCS GSAC Home Page |

May 18, 2006

GSAC Meeting
Thursday, May 18, 2006

In attendance:

Sandra Zimmerman (BSC)
Anya Zatsman (CMY)
Gerard Brunick (MSC)

Gregg Franklin
Rea Freeland
Katya Malkin

Renee Starek

1. Career Event
Renee Starek attended the meeting to help with planning for this fall's career event. The event will be held on September 18 beginning at 4:30 in the Peter/McKenna/Wright rooms and will consist of a panel session to provide students with information about non-academic careers. Ideally, we would like to have about 6 panelists - one PhD scientist invited by each department (typically alumni) and two recruiters (one who deals biology/chemistry and one who deals with math/physics). Rea also mentioned a contact at the FDA who, although not a CMU alumnus, might be an interesting panelist and a good contact for biologiosts and chemists.

Gregg will talk tot he department heads about recruiting panelists, If we get two or three names form each deoartment, we can then look at our options and decide who to invite.

Companies will also be registered with the TOC ion the next month and we will have a better idea which recruioters will be available. Some of the compaines represented who usually hire MCS graduates are L'Oreal, Exxon Mobile, Citadel, and Kaiser.

If the event proves to be successful we will consider moving it to an annual event rather than every two years.

Renee will need names of contacts for the panel, including a short bio on each, by August.

2. Job Search Survey
We will create a survey to send to recent graduates to see how they conducted their job search and to find out what they feel worked and what didn't. The survey should be short, consisting of three to four questions, which may vary by department.

We should look to see what statistics departments currently have on their recent PhD graduates. This, along with the list of questions Renee distributed for the last career event could serve as a starting point for creating survey questions.