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Committees
2017-2018 Members
AWARDS
This committee shall present an annual teaching award as outlined in Article VI of the constitution. The committee has the power to create other awards as it sees fit.
Likely a committee will not be formed, but rather a nomination/voting process will take place during a GSA meeting in the spring semester.
SOCIAL
A committee formed for the purpose of planning events ouside the department for grad students as well as some involving faculty. There is an overall goal to get more foreign students involved in the GSA.
Collin Tuttle
AESTHETICS
The goal of this committee is to brainstorm and implement ideas that will improve the overall aesthetics of some of our classrooms in the building.
With no immediate funding, nor any immediately needed projects, the Aesthetics committee is on hiatus for the 2017-2018 school year.
CURRICULUM
The Curriculum Committee will work with the Faculty Curriculum Committee in order to help determine what classes/subjects would benefit the graduate students and how to implement them.
Alex Loveless
DEPARTMENT SEMINAR
Members of the Department Seminar Committee are in charge of filling the department seminar time slot. This includes finding graduate students to present their work, researchers from other areas of the building to present their work, and other types of presentations that foster academic education.
Jessica Taheri
COLLOQUIUM
Members of the Colloquium Committee are in charge of finding speakers for our Monday afternoon department colloquiums. Speakers from within our department as well as visitors from other institutions are invited. Also, students finishing their PhD work also present during department colloquium. This committee also helps to plan the Robock Lecture that takes place during the spring semester.
Larissa Back (Faculty), Melissa Breeden
WELCOME
The Welcome Committee is in charge of updating and creating literature for prospective and new graduate students. In addition, the committee meets with visiting prospective students and provides them with contact information.
Jessica Taheri
SOLSTICE PLANNING
This committee plans the skit that the graduate students put on at the Solstice (or Equinox) Party, which takes place in the spring semester. If any graduate student involvement is needed in planning the party itself, this committee does that as well.
Melissa Breeden (Will form in Spring 2018)
OUTREACH
The members in this committee plan and attend outreach events around the university as well as with other schools and organizations. New opportunities arise each year, and members are encouraged to seek out different avenues of outreach.
Maria Madsen
GRADUATION CEREMONY
Formerly known as the Hooding Ceremony Committee, this group is in charge of helping to plan and organize the annual spring AOS Graduation Ceremony for graduating undergraduates and graduate students. Masters and PhD students will be hooded at this ceremony as well.
This committee will form in Spring 2018.
(2017-2018 Committee Members)