Graduate Student Organizations

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Attending graduate school can mean that you are away from home and your support system. There are many ways to become involved in our University community; from our numerous UD student organizations to the surrounding Newark community, we invite you to learn about our thriving community and become involved.

General Student Advocacy and Support Groups

PURPOSE

Em​pathic ​P​eers ​O​ffering ​W​isdom, ​E​ncouragement and ​R​esources (EmPOWER) is a College of Earth, Ocean and Environment (CEOE) program to provide guidance and promote mental health and wellness among Earth, Oceanand Environment graduate students at both the Newark and Lewes campuses. EmPOWER’s activities include a graduate student mentoring network, where senior and first-year students in each department are paired to create a support system for first-year students and provide mentoring opportunities for senior students. At the department, and as needed campus, level, EmPOWER hosts monthly de-stressing events, such as movie nights, craft making and hikes, as well as personal development workshops. EmPOWER also organizes CEOE-wide social events and workshops focused on professional development. The role of EmPOWER is to mentor new students and help them navigate academic and community support resources. For example, peer mentors could point mentees to academic directors or the assistant dean for graduate students for academic needs or mental health professionals and housing resources for community support.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

EmPOWER’s goal is to support CEOE graduate students by providing peer mentors and resources to assist all CEOE students in surviving and thriving in graduate school, including de-stressing events, personal and professional development opportunities, and mentorship. The role of EmPOWER is to mentor new students and help them navigate academic and community support resources, while fostering a strong network of support and care within CEOE departments.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

It is our goal that CEOE EmPOWER will help assist incoming graduate students as they make the transition from undergraduate education and/or working to graduate school. This will better prepare them for success in their graduate career at UD. Further, in developing a network of support and care, students will have access to, or given direction toward, individuals and resources to promote better mental health and self-care practices, providing a foundation for building better systems of self and communal care among graduate students.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

Incoming graduate students will have access to a mentor, or mentors, to help guide them through their first year in their respective program, as well as increased opportunities to participate in professional development and stress-relieving activities. In addition, students in at least their second year will be provided mentoring and leadership opportunities.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

Members can join CEOE EmPOWER through two avenues – as a mentee or as a peer mentor. Mentees are first-year students in their respective graduate program and have the option to join EmPOWER upon the start of their graduate program. Peer mentors are at least second-year students and can apply to be a peer mentor through their department or campus lead mentor. Applications are solicited in the spring/summer for the next academic year. There are no dues.

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PURPOSE

Empathic Peers Offering Wisdom, Encouragement and Resources (EmPOWER) is a College of Engineering (COE) initiative to promote mental health and wellness among engineering graduate students. EmPOWER’s activities include a graduate student mentoring network, where senior and junior students in each department are paired to create a support system for junior students and provide mentoring opportunities for senior students. At the department level, EmPOWER hosts monthly de-stressing events, such as movie nights, craft making, and hikes, as well as personal development workshops. EmPOWER also organizes CoE-wide social events and workshops focused on professional development.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

EmPOWER’s goal is to support CoE graduate students by providing de-stressing events, safe spaces, personal and professional development opportunities and peer mentors to assist all CoE students in surviving and thriving in graduate school.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

In pairing senior student peer mentors with first-year student mentees, EmPOWER provides a built-in peer-support network in each engineering department that didn’t previously exist. This mentorship program facilitates the first year student’s transition into their graduate studies with the goals of improving student retention, improving knowledge of available University resources and promoting balance between laboratory and class demands. The de-stressing events hosted by EmPOWER cater to a breadth of student interests, such as outdoor exploration, arts/culture, cinema and board games, and contribute toward the vibrant and inclusive culture at UD. Moreover, EmPOWER’s professional/personal development programming will provide students with the skills to improve their self-care and to manage the increasing demands of graduate and post-graduate life. Social events will enhance the graduate student experience and promote cross-departmental conversations and networking.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

At the department level, first-year graduate students benefit from the built-in support network EmPOWER provides by assigning each of them a dedicated senior student peer mentor. Likewise, senior student peer mentors benefit from the opportunity to be a mentor in a professional setting, a key skill set in all career paths, including industry and academia. Students within each department will also have access to monthly de-stressing events, such as hiking, painting, book club and board game night, hosted by their departmental EmPOWER branch.

At both the department and COE levels, all students will benefit from personal/professional development workshops on topics such as workspace ergonomics, resume writing, public speaking, personal finances and mindfulness, which will be hosted by anywhere from one department to the COE-wide EmPOWER based on workshop type. EmPOWER will host one or two CoE-wide social or personal development events per semester,  such as a coffee hour, ice cream social or mixer, to promote interdepartmental conversations and facilitate student networking outside of their home departments.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

Any first-year student in the College of Engineering automatically becomes a member of his/her department’s EmPOWER program as a mentee in the mentorship program.

In order to become a peer mentor, the student must be at least a second-year actively enrolled graduate student. He/she must obtain five signatures of support from peers or colleagues in the respective department and write a short statement describing why he/she would like to become a peer mentor. With the submission of these documents and approval of the department’s lead mentor, the student can then become a peer mentor.

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PURPOSE

The Graduate Student Government seeks to create a forum for graduate student advocacy while acting as a conduit between students, faculty and administration at the University of Delaware. The government supports campuswide activities facilitating the graduate student professionalism and collegiality.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

The GSG seeks to influence the course of the University

  • Through representation on University committees
  • By expressing the views of the graduate student body to the administration
  • By issuing statements of our position to the media

The GSG’s primary concern is with improving the academic and non-academic experience of the University’s graduate student population.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

The Graduate Student Government plays a critical role in advocating for the needs and rights of graduate students by identifying and soliciting student concerns, engaging in conversation with the University’s administration and providing student representatives to serve on various committees. The organization also facilitates the growth and development of a sense of community within the graduate student population.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

Members of the Graduate Student Government benefit from membership by gaining experience in leadership and civic engagement while also getting an opportunity to engage with the graduate student population as a whole. GSG members have the opportunity to network at high levels of University administration, craft legislation that might later influence University policy and engage in outreach and advocacy.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

Every graduate student is automatically a member of the GSG. Any graduate student can participate in departmental elections to become a member of the senate. Participation in committees is also possible as a member-at-large. Membership is free.

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PURPOSE

Graduate students are experts in a diverse array of skills that are critical to being successful scientists. However, these are skills that are not always found in classrooms and textbooks. For example, graduate students are experts in getting into graduate school, successfully completing interviews and troubleshooting code, including R, MatLab and others. This organization provides graduate students with the opportunity to share their skills with future and prospective scientists while honing their science communication skills.

As part of this organization, graduate students identify their areas of expertise and determine effective ways to introduce skills to students. These areas of expertise are built into a short seminar series for graduate students to present to target audiences, such as undergraduate clubs and honor societies, undergraduate living learning communities, and high schools. Presentation of the seminars, as well as active Q&A sessions, allows graduate students to share their skills.

By combining multiple communities, including graduate students and undergraduates and high school students, this organization is able to accomplish a single goal: passing along the skills that helped graduate students become the scientists they are today.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

The goal of this organization is to create an educational opportunity that is mutually beneficial for graduate students and younger members of the academic community. The following are the five main objectives of this organization:

Objective 1: Identifying skills
1. Graduate students will identify their areas of expertise.
a. What information did you need in your pursuit of a career in science but not have access to in a formal setting?
b. What skills or knowledge would have benefited you?
c. What skills do you have that you could pass on to others?

Objective 2: Seminar development
1. Ideas are selected and refined into individual seminar topics, such as Introduction to R Coding.
2. Members select seminar topics to work on and eventually present.
3. A leader is assigned for each topic.
4. Seminars are designed to convey useful skills and knowledge on an introductory level.
5. Lesson plans for each seminar are developed.

Objective 3: Identify and contact audiences
1. Coordinated by the outreach officer, the graduate students look for interested groups. Potential groups include UD undergraduate clubs and honor societies, UD living learning communities and high schools.

Objective 4: Presentation development
1. Information compiled during seminar development is formatted into a presentation.
2. Presentations are reviewed and practiced in front of the organization.

Objective 5: Effective presentations
1. Seminars are presented to selected audiences.
2. Presentations are followed by Q&A sessions to engage the audience.
3. If time allows, the audience will be asked to complete a quick survey in order for graduate students to receive feedback.

Objective 6: Improving our skills
1. Programming for the group is organized by the vice president.
2. Graduate students engage in workshops and talks given by professionals.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

Undergraduate and high school students will benefit from this interaction with young scientists. After presentations, there will be time for students to ask questions. As young scientists, we hope students will feel more open to asking questions than they might in large classroom settings. Because these presentations are designed around critical skills in science that have been identified by graduate students, the audience will receive valuable lessons on topics helpful in pursuing careers in the sciences.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

Graduate students will improve their science communication skills. Graduate students will also gain valuable experience in public speaking and receive an introduction to teaching. Programming for the group will help to improve presentation and teaching skills. These skills will help graduate students in their studies and future jobs. Graduate students need to effectively communicate their science in order to secure grants, effectively contribute to conferences and educate the next generation of scientists. This organization also allows graduate students to engage with a broader community and use the time as a networking opportunity.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

Membership is open to any graduate student at the University of Delaware is qualified for membership. There are no dues required to become a member.

PURPOSE

Build a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion for students at UDPT by contributing to the development of future PT professionals that champion diversity, equity and inclusion by increasing communication, collaboration and accountability among students, faculty and clinicians.

GOALS & OBJECTIVES

  • Facilitate student and faculty-led DEI discussions/workshops.

Provide resources for students:

  • Learning/training
  • Help with communication, emails, etc.
  • Help with reporting discrimination (process and guidelines, defined incident reports)
  • Establish mandatory implicit bias training prior to discussions
  • Clearly outline reporting protocols for any DEI questions/concerns
    • Ongoing google forms
    • Anonymous submissions/inquiries
  • Be equipped to affect change as PT professionals and peers, and maintain open communication with faculty
  • Gather data/statistics
  • Disseminate UDPT department-wide newsletter:
    • Holidays
    • Resource links
    • Current news
    • Opportunities to make a difference

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

UD’s physical therapy program resides on the STAR campus, which often feels very separate and removed from the UD main campus community. By becoming a registered graduate student organization, we hope to be a resource to physical therapy students while trying to close the gap between our program and initiatives led by the rest of the graduate student community. We also hope to benefit the greater UD community by advocating for and fostering diversity, equity and inclusion both in the classroom and in the UDPT clinic in order to promote excellence in standard of care while maintaining UD at the forefront of evoking change in the healthcare community. By becoming a registered graduate student organization, we will have access to resources as well as improved opportunities to coordinate with other graduate student organizations.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

  • Promote confidence in UDPT program and encourage change within the UD community.
  • Provide resources and educate on how pathologies present within different ethnicities in the physical therapy curriculum to further promote awareness and quality care.
  • Ensure all UDPT student and faculty members take the time to self-reflect on their individual and other peoples bias and opinions.
  • Be more purposeful and commit to cultivating relationships with minority students, both between peers and between students and faculty.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

Currently enrolled UDPT student

PURPOSE

Our purpose is to promote mental health resources and events for graduate students within the UD Physical Therapy Program, and to create an environment that is more inclusive to student's mental health needs.

GOALS & OBJECTIVES

  • general awareness of and destigmatization of mental health
  • providing resources to UDPT community regarding mental health, and for the UD counseling center
  • class-wide discussions surrounding mental health
  • create opportunities for peer-faculty engagement
  • create opportunities for stress-relieving events

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

The UD community benefits from this group becoming a registered grad student organization because it increases inclusivity and promotes and better quality of life for students, as well as improved self-efficacy.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

This organization benefits it's members by preparing future healthcare providers for navigating mental health, and gives us the opportunity to organize a student led initiative that provides these services. It leads to a sense of fulfillment from being able to help others and make a change within our program.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

A UDPT student who is willing to participate and contribute to bi-weekly meetings, with a desire to help others within our program. There are no dues required.

Business

PURPOSE

The mission of a Toastmasters club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

In order to carry out this purpose, this club shall:

  • Help its individual members improve their abilities to communicate effectively.
  • Provide for its individual members’ instructions, educational materials and opportunities, which will give them skill and experience in the preparation and delivery of speeches.
  • Encourage its individual members to read and listen analytically.
  • Provide for its individual members’ fair and constructive evaluation of their efforts toward self-improvement.
  • Increase its individual members’ knowledge of the rules of parliamentary procedure and their skills in conducting meetings and participating in group discussions.
  • Afford leadership training for its individual members.
  • Provide opportunities and encouragement for its individual members to appear before audiences and to express their thoughts creditably.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

The UD community will be able to get information about our club through student central. Students, faculty and staff from any department may find this club valuable to their professional and leadership development.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

  • Improve communication and public speaking skills effectively
  • Get leadership training and experience
  • Networking opportunities with other Toastmasters clubs

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

Composition
Section 1

All individual members of this club shall be at least 18 years of age. No person shall be excluded from individual membership in, or from any program or activity of, this club because of age (except those persons under 18 years of age), race, color, creed, gender, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability, so long as the individual, through his or her own effort, is able to participate in the program. However, the addendum of standard club options (hereafter referred to as the “addendum”) under the constitution may provide for other restrictions on the composition of the individual membership, such as the employees of a particular company or agency, residents of a specific community or people sharing a special interest.

Admission to Membership
Section 2

This club is a private association, and membership herein shall be by invitation only. Any individual member may sponsor an eligible prospective individual member and invite him or her to join this club, so long as the person is not currently suspended or removed from good standing with Toastmasters International under Article III, Section 8, of the Bylaws of Toastmasters International. Application for individual membership shall be made on the form provided by Toastmasters International. Such application, accompanied by the new member fee and applicable dues, shall be returned to the club secretary who shall read it to this club. The applicant shall be declared elected to individual membership upon the favorable vote of at least a majority of the active individual members of this club present and voting at a business meeting of the club membership. The individual membership of this club may be divided into three classifications: active, inactive and honorary.

Member Responsibilities
Section 3

All active individual members shall be entitled to all rights and privileges of this club, and all individual members shall share in its responsibilities. These responsibilities shall include support of its purposes and constructive contribution to its program and activities.

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PURPOSE

The BAIM GSA organizes events for M.S. business analytics and information management students as well as students in other graduate programs. Events include networking opportunities, workshops/speakers and social events.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

The BAIM GSA connects students who are interested in business analytics and its application in business. The BAIM GSA expands its impact by cosponsoring workshops and networking events with other GSOs in the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics and other colleges at UD.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

The BAIM GSA connects students across departments and Lerner through the common interest of technology.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

The BAIM GSA provides a platform for individuals to attend workshops and speaker events and to create new career networks and friendships.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

Membership is open to graduate student sat UD with an interest in technology.

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PURPOSE

The association aims at bringing together international students from the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics. It supports this particular group that is large in number and comes with a unique set of needs. The organization strives for making it easier for Lerner international students to adjust to their new journey in the U.S. It welcomes international students from all years, both undergraduate and graduate level.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

The organization strives for making it easier for Lerner international students to adjust to the following focused areas: academic life, cultural differences, career development, communication skills and social outreach at the University of Delaware. In addition, this organization also enhances student engagement and college diversity.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

This organization enhances student engagement and college diversity. It caters to the very needs of this international group in Lerner. The students are not left outside of all the benefits from being a part of the UD community. It becomes easier for them to come out from their own shells and leave their comfort zones behind. Therefore, these international students can root in a more diverse community at UD rather than hang out only with people from the same country and speak their mother tongues.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

Each member is encouraged to take on initiative roles or better leadership roles in their interested areas from the following: academic life, cultural differences, career development, communication skills and social outreach. The association will stay concentrated on making every member reach their potential in both their academics and their career. The participation and involvement in the organization prepares members to:
• become more familiar and educated with abundant resources on campus
• develop better learning strategies to achieve further academic success
• establish more confidence in communication and interpersonal skills
• grow to be more marketable candidates for future professions

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

Members do not need to pay any dues during the establishment year. All unforeseeable costs will be addressed case by case later with existing members.

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PURPOSE

Our purpose is to foster and enhance the educational, social and professional development of MBA students within the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

We aim to create educational events, including seminars, conferences and speaker series, for the students within the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics to learn and develop professionally from. We also aim to host social events, such as cookouts, first Friday happy hours and wine tastings, to bring students together and foster a sense of community among them.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

  • Students will gain valuable connections and contacts from our social and professional events.
  • Our educational events will provide an opportunity for students to both broaden and strengthen their knowledge base.
  • The traditionally disparate graduate students will develop a sense of community from interacting with each other at our events.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

Members will have the opportunity to gain valuable leadership experience by holding positions both as members of the executive board and by taking an active role in one or several committees.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

  • There are no requirements related to dues.
  • Members must be enrolled at least part time in the UD MBA program.
  • Members must remain in good standing with both the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics and UD as a whole.

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Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences Groups

PURPOSE

We are a committee of graduate students in the Department of Art History who bring speakers working in art history and the humanities to deliver lectures and lead workshops on campus.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

Our goal is to facilitate the exploration of new ideas in art history and the humanities on campus. We do this by inviting professors and curators to present innovative projects and by providing networking opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students on campus.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

By being a registered student organization, the University of Delaware community will have more access to our events, which are free and open to the public. This will facilitate broader and more diverse discussions of the issues addressed at the lectures we host.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

Our members are able to develop important skills for their future careers. They actively plan events, coordinate with speakers and visiting scholars, nominate speakers, and raise money. These skills are invaluable in many careers in the humanities. Our members are also given the opportunity to network with our visiting scholars by workshopping with them and hosting them on campus.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

Members must be graduate students in the Department of Art History. There are no dues or other qualifications.

PURPOSE

Provide information, resources and advocacy for graduate students in the school of education.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

  • Maintain open and direct communications between the officers of the EGA and the administration of the School of Education.
  • Develop and schedule social events for education graduate students.
  • Develop and schedule professional and technical presentations, colloquia and seminars.
  • Hold open meetings of the education graduate students at least once a year to provide a forum for the identification of issues relevant to the graduate community.
  • Provide a point of contact for all education graduate students, full or part time, to raise issues or questions relating to school policy, mentorship, advisement and advocacy.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

A more active, aware and involved body of education graduate students is expected to participate more fully in the broader university community.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

Providing a palate of resources to education graduate students is expected to result in a more positive experience during their time in the program at the University of Delaware.

Providing a line of communication directly and collectively to the administration is expected to support a greater sense of engagement, involvement and ownership among graduate students with regard to their development personally and professionally in the school.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

Enrollment as a part- or full-time graduate student in the School of Education confers membership. There are no dues.

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PURPOSE

Our purpose is to coordinate and engage ENEP students in their academic and professional development during their time of study at the University of Delaware

GOALS & OBJECTIVES

The foundation of EEPSA attempts to fulfill three objectives:

  • First, to provide valuable information to our students regarding faculty, program, location and academic changes. The purpose of this information is to create stability and promote equality in what our students understand about the program within the wider SPPA department.
  • Second, to promote program transparency, especially regarding academic, advising and funding opportunities for both master's and Ph.D students. Ideally this would be achieved through updated websites, official peer-to-peer documents and Q&A emails.
  • Third, to connect to the environmental community of UD’s campus as well as career tools. Presumably our members share an interest in the environment and should have access to volunteer opportunities for schoolwide projects and be able to have a better idea of career prospects before graduating from the program.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

Nearly over the past decade EEPSA has provided a helpful platform for ENEP students and other students at UD interested in environment and energy sustainability to network and collaborate on various professional and academic projects. It has also provided a helpful platform for joint engagement with University faculty and administration as well as partners on various matters of interest to the student community.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

Individual members benefit by utilizing the platform as a source of timely information that is specific to their academic and professional interests. The platform has also enabled collaboration across different years of the different ENEP master’s and Ph.D. programs and between master’s and Ph.D. student communities. Students have been able to access insights on internships, study and specific course intelligence that they would have otherwise found difficult to access. Through EEPSA the students are also able to access alumni resources for mentorship and coaching toward a successful academic and professional career.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

There are no dues for joining EEPSA – all graduate students registered in the ENEP master’s and Ph.D. program are eligible for membership

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PURPOSE

Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) is an international geographic honor society. Membership in the chapter signifies excellence in the pursuit and study of geography, and it grants access to an international network of geographers (graduate and faculty) who will benefit graduate students in UD's Department of Geography. The purpose of GTU is to further interest in the field of geography, provide professional development training to graduate students, advance the field of geography as a cultural and practical discipline of study while encouraging members to use geographic knowledge in service to humankind, and provide funding for graduate student research and travel.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

The goal of establishing a chapter of GTU at the University of Delaware is to give graduate students in the Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences access to an international network of scholars, as well as open avenues for obtaining small research grants, travel grants and a space to publish scholarly work. Further, membership provides students with a designation of academic excellence that will aid students in obtaining employment upon graduation.

Our objectives are to enroll all students in the department who meet the GPA requirements to be admitted into the organization and to provide events and spaces for students to build a scholarly community of support during their tenure at the University of Delaware.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

By establishing a GTU chapter at UD we will be putting UD on the map for geographic excellence and improving our department’s visibility and reputation within the fields of geography, spatial sciences and atmospheric sciences. Further, this opens additional funding opportunities for graduate students at the university.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

The benefits of joining this organization for individual members are access to research grants and travel awards, recognition of academic excellence among an international network of scholars and access to an additional avenue for publications

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

Students must have completed three semesters of college coursework and a minimum of three courses in geography with a GPA of 3.3 or higher. Regular members do not need to be geography majors.

There is a one-time $40 fee due per initiate for a lifetime membership. We plan on covering dues expenses using GSO funding so that accessing the resources included with GTU membership is not influenced by financial issues.

PURPOSE

HGSA advocates for the interests of graduate students within, while aiming to foster a broader appreciation of history beyond the Department of History at the University of Delaware. HGSA serves to offer opportunities for professional development, organize social events, open avenues for peer mentoring and knowledge-sharing among graduate students, foster community, and promote the historical discipline across UD and among the general public. It further stands to offer a collective representative body for graduate students in the history department, which will champion cooperation between faculty and graduate students on departmental issues, including decision-making in relation to curriculum and instruction, issues concerning prospective changes to the graduate program, and the role of graduate students within the department.GOALS & OBJECTIVES

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

HGSA will provide opportunities for professional development by organizing and hosting seminars dedicated to teaching and job preparation. HGSA will organize events in order to foster community among graduate students and provide peer support. HGSA will host a Graduate Student Conference, which will be interdisciplinary and open to graduate students within and beyond UD; paper workshops, in which members will discuss the work of their peers and provide feedback; and an annual speaker series, in which members will invite academics and cultural figures (one per semester) from the area to discuss their work with the UD community.

HGSA will provide a collective voice to represent the history department’s graduate students. As a collective representative of the department’s graduate students, HGSA will ensure graduate students play a larger role in department decision-making processes and promise a cooperative relationship between graduate students and faculty. HGSA will also provide graduate students with a route through which to express their concerns with and visions for the history department’s degree programs. Board members will share HGSA contact information with prospective, incoming, and current graduate students in order to establish a formal outlet for student input. HGSA board members will communicate student input to the history department’s faculty and staff through two graduate student representatives, standardizing the process of addressing student proposals and concerns.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

While HGSA stands to serve students within the Department of History, in doing so, it also intends to benefit the University community at large. The strength of the graduate program in history at UD reflects UD’s position as a robust research community. A strong HGSA will help to attract candidates to the history program at UD by exhibiting the department’s cooperative environment and will highlight both its and the university’s strengths. HGSA’s efforts to ensure a healthy relationship between faculty and graduate students serves to strengthen the university’s commitment to professional development as a part of graduate studies and may serve as a model for other departments. Moreover, the University of Delaware will benefit from HGSA's efforts to foster a graduate community that bridges departments, including the Music department, the Anthropology department, and the English department. Looking beyond the Department of History, HGSA will strengthen a professional community among graduate students at UD through its interdisciplinary conferences and events.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

While HGSA stands to serve students within the Department of History, in doing so, it also intends to benefit the University community at large. The strength of the graduate program in history at UD reflects UD’s position as a robust research community. A strong HGSA will help to attract candidates to the history program at UD by exhibiting the department’s cooperative environment and will highlight both its and the university’s strengths. HGSA’s efforts to ensure a healthy relationship between faculty and graduate students serves to strengthen the university’s commitment to professional development as a part of graduate studies and may serve as a model for other departments. Moreover, the University of Delaware will benefit from HGSA's efforts to foster a graduate community that bridges departments, including the Music department, the Anthropology department, and the English department. Looking beyond the Department of History, HGSA will strengthen a professional community among graduate students at UD through its interdisciplinary conferences and events.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

Members must be graduate students at the University of Delaware. There are no dues.

PURPOSE

The purpose of this organization is to foster communication between students, faculty and leadership within the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, ensure representation (and advocate on behalf of) of the HDFS graduate students through participation in graduate governments, foster graduate student professional development and build the HDFS community.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

Communication
The HDFS-GA will “regularly” hold meetings with HDFS graduate students to hear perspectives and communicate departmental policies, and HDFS-GA leadership will “regularly” meet with HDFS departmental leadership. The frequency of these meetings will be determined by the organization and departmental leadership within the first year of the organization's forming.

Representation

  • At the University level, the HDFS-GA will work with the Graduate Student Government (GSG) to ensure an HDFS representative is elected to their governing body.
  • At the college level, the HDFS-GA will work with the Education Graduate Association (EGA) to ensure an HDFS graduate student(s) is represented on its governing body.
  • The HDFS-GA will also function as a mechanism for ensuring HDFS graduate students are represented on other departmental, college or University-level organizations/committees where appropriate.

Professional Development

The HDFS-GA will be responsible for organizing professional development opportunities. These opportunities will be targeted to the needs of HDFS graduate students but will be open to faculty, staff and other graduate students within and outside of the department. Each year, the HDFS-GA will have a volunteer Brown Bag subcommittee, tasked with sustaining the HDFS Brown Bag series. Faculty may be asked (or volunteer) to consult or assist in the planning of Brown Bag events as appropriate. When possible, and as appropriate, the HDFS-GA will be responsible for organizing other professional development opportunities through similar volunteer subcommittees, such as the Grads Collab Conference.

Community

  • The HDFS-GA leadership will be tasked with maintaining the HDFS graduate student Facebook page, including inviting new members/students and posting events.
  • The HDFS-GA leadership will also be tasked with disseminating event information through Facebook, the HDFS listserv, the HDFS-GA webpage and other social media platforms, including a Google calendar, as applicable.
  • The HDFS-GA will work in collaboration with the EGA to hold college-wide professional development and social events. This collaboration could be facilitated through leadership or subcommittee.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

The University community will benefit from increased HDFS representation on the GSG and a stronger and sustainable HDFS graduate student community. Additionally, professional development opportunities hosted by the HDFS-GA, such as conferences and the Brown Bag series, may be open to the University community.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

Individual members will benefit through greater intradepartmental communication, greater representation in the University and college, sustainable opportunities for professional development and an increased sense of community among HDFS graduate students.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

To be a member of the organization, an individual must be a current graduate student in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences.

PURPOSE

  • Provide a liaison between the graduate students and the faculty of the Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science who attends departmental meetings and represents the interests of the graduate students (the president/vice president).
  • Provide a GSG senator from the Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science
    (senator).
  • Provide support for new graduate students (new student liaison).
  • Organize yearly elections to fill the above positions (president).
  • Represent the department to the wider community of linguists by organizing the hosting of academic conferences (all members).

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

  • Example: Raise the issue of storage for past exams and coursework, which are currently stored in lockedfile cabinets in the graduate student office. Space is running out (the president/vice president).
  • Example: Raise the issue of international student fees. What is their purpose? (senator)
  • Example: Create a checklist that specifies how to support new students (especially international students).
  • Hold elections.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

LAD provides an organ of graduate student government that is local to the Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science and addresses the specific needs of the graduate students in that department. Since these needs are real and the welfare of these graduate students benefits the University community in the same way that the welfare of any other group of graduate students does, the existence of LAD benefits the University community.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

Members will be represented by the president or vice president in faculty meetings and by the senator in GSG meetings. New members will be supported as they integrate into the department community by the new student liaison.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

The only requirement is that members or office holders be graduate students in the Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science.

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PURPOSE

The Marx/isms Reading Group gathers monthly to discuss the work of Karl Marx and the traditions of scholarship that have emerged under the banner of Marxism. Open to University of Delaware graduate students at any level and in any program, we hope to foster an interdisciplinary discussion of Marxism and how it interacts with the scholarly interests of our members. We are committed to the continued influence of Marxist scholarship in contemporary society. For each of our monthly meetings, we pair a writing from Marx with a piece of relevant Marxist scholarship for discussion.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

Our goal is to provide a space for students interested in the works of Karl Marx and Marxist scholars to discuss those works and improve their understanding of contemporary Marxist scholarship. Though we are primarily a reading group, we encourage our membership to discuss their own research goals and practices and how they relate to the texts we read. As our membership is drawn from diverse departments at the University of Delaware, we are particularly interested in fostering an interdisciplinary dialogue.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

We have developed a membership of graduate students from a diverse set of departments through word of mouth. By becoming a registered graduate student organization, we would be able to grow that membership even further by reaching a wider array of graduate students. This would allow us to continue to provide a space for academic discussion of texts that University of Delaware graduate students are interested in but don’t always have the opportunity to explore through existing UD classes or discussion groups. We serve a social function for our members as well, introducing students to new peers and potentially new collaborators. Finally, we hope to eventually invite scholars to campus to speak on issues relevant to contemporary Marxist scholarship. This would cultivate a broader debate on our campus and contribute to its thriving intellectual life.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

By becoming a registered graduate student organization, our membership will continue to grow, which will increase the value of the conversations we are able to hold and introduce our current members to new ideas and ways of thinking. Additionally, becoming a registered organization will give our group access to additional funding, which we hope to use to expand the scope of our group, planning trips to relevant cultural sites and eventually inviting scholars to campus to give talks relevant to our group’s interests.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

To be considered a member in good standing, individuals must attend 50% of our regular monthly meetings. We do not require our members to pay dues.

PURPOSE

The organization is dedicated to giving a voice to student concerns, prerogatives and achievements on behalf of graduate students in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

The organization aims to provide a transparent and nurturing atmosphere to all members of the department.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

This organization is primarily aimed at the graduate students of the Department of Political Science and International Relations. However, we do have a GSA representative, Luisa Turbino Torres, who provides a voice for the department in the larger graduate student body. Her insight on the wants and needs of the department come directly from events, town halls and gatherings put on by the PSGSA.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

Members of the organization are part of the association’s board. There is little benefit from holding these positions. Graduate students in the department benefit by having a voice in faculty meetings, in meeting with the chair, and in the GSA.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

Both members and office holders must be gradate students, in good standing, in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware.

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PURPOSE

The purpose of this organization shall be to promote the academic and professional development of graduate students in sociology and criminal justice and serve as the official voice of sociology and criminal justice graduate students in representing their interests to the faculty, the administration and the University community at large.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

SCJGC is dedicated to addressing the needs of the M.A. and Ph.D. students in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at UD. A goal is to support the retention of students enrolled in the graduate programs including sociology and criminology.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

The University of Delaware community can benefit from having SCJGC become an official registered student organization because SCJGC will create a space on campus specifically designed for graduate students in sociology and criminology. SCJGC will meet the specific unique needs of sociology and criminology graduate students that may not be served by other organizations.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

Members of SCJGC will benefit by developing a supportive network within the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. Not only will SCJGC be a space to share resources, but it will also become a space to voice student concerns. Student members will be able to participate in professional development opportunities.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

  • Section 1. Membership is automatically conferred to all students enrolled in a graduate program in sociology or criminology at the University of Delaware.
  • Section 2. No individual shall be denied membership because of race/ethnicity, sex/gender, class, creed religion, age, ability, citizenship status, sexual orientation, national origin, criminal record or any other social attribute.
  • Section 3. Voting Privilege: All members are entitled to vote on any issue brought before the Council.

Members will be informed of issues via email before the meeting and must be present to vote. Exceptions to in-person voting include changes to the constitution (as outlined in Article VI) and elections (as outlined in Article III).

In-person voting must take place during the regular monthly council meetings. Voting cannot, under any circumstances, take place during any non-regular meeting or specially called meetings.

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PURPOSE

The purpose of SAPA is to facilitate the professional development and academic success of graduate and undergraduate students attending the Biden School of Public Policy and Administration. The organization serves as a unified voice to represent all students of the school, as led by the graduate student body.

The organization will also facilitate communication between the faculty and students of Biden’s School of Public Policy and Administration. Additionally, the organization highly encourages collaboration between students in the school of public policy with other departments in general events hosted by SAPA that raise awareness on pertinent policy issues and topics.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

  • Facilitating communication between the faculty, staff, alumni and students of the SPPA and students interested in public policy issues.
  • Connecting the Biden School of Public Policy and Administration with the community, local professionals and other departments/students who are interested in attending SAPA-hosted events that will inform and create a space to discuss pertinent policy issues.
  • Advocating for the interests of SPPA students by providing a representative forum for their opinions.
  • Participating in the development and formation of policy and practices as they relate to students of the school.
  • Making recommendations to the administration of the school on all matters determined pertinent to students.
  • Participating in the professional development of SPPA students.
  • Providing social and networking opportunities to SPPA students.
  • Engaging constructively in the community on a local, regional and national level to improve administration and the development of policy.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

As the Biden School of Public Policy and Administration continues to grow, SAPA serves as an important liaison between the school, enrolled students and the rest of the University/community. SAPA aspires to not only represent the interests of students in the School of Public Policy, but the organization wants to be a unifying presence on campus that provides opportunities for all UD students and professionals to come together at general SAPA events. SAPA’s public events include discussion panels/conferences that will cover relevant policy issues and philanthropic events.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

Individual members consist of graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in the Biden School of Public Policy and Administration. SAPA will represent the interests of members to the faculty and staff of the school, and will provide members with opportunities to network and develop as upcoming policy professionals.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

In order to be a member, an individual must be a graduate or undergraduate student enrolled in a program within the Biden School of Public Policy and Administration.

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International Outreach Groups

PURPOSE

To catalyze socioeconomic change in India through education of the underprivileged children.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

  • To provide education to underprivileged children in India.
  • To support and cooperate with groups already engaged in similar activities.
  • To raise the required human resources to achieve other objectives

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

  • Provides volunteering opportunities
  • Promotes outreach
  • Spreads awareness about education

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

The members get a chance to be involved in activities that improve the socioeconomic status of underprivileged children in India, an opportunity to give back to the society.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

To be a member of this organization, he/she must be a graduate student of the University of Delaware.

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Multicultural and Diversity Groups

PURPOSE

This will be a nonprofit student organization that showcases vibrant diversity of the University of Delaware by organizing events and activities related to the history, culture, literature, social values, scholarly achievements, concerns and prospects of Bangladesh.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

• Serve the purpose of exposing the rich and colorful culture of Bangladesh, particularly to but not limited to UD.
• Work toward promoting friendship and interaction among its members and the UD community.
• Extend student involvement through volunteering on campus and within the community.
• Attempt to serve Bangladesh through fundraising, student scholarship or in other ways or forms possible.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

• Celebrating traditional and historical events, including International Mother Language Day, Bengali New Year, Victory Day and Independence Day, to foster global unity.
• Arrange Bengali language club for those who are interested.
• BSA plans to organize Bangladesh Night once in a year to promote our vibrant Bangladeshi culture.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

• To form a platform to unite all students and alumni of UD and friends and families around the surrounding area who belong to, either by citizenship or family heritage, or are interested in Bangladesh and share closeness to the cause of the birth of the great nation, Bangladesh and her prosperity.
• Provide support and assistance in terms of transportation, housing and other amenities to new students arriving at UD from Bangladesh.
• Develop skills in leadership, event management, networking and self-reliance among members of BSA.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

Any enrolled graduate student and his/her spouse at UD are eligible to be a member of this organization. Every member of this organization is required to pay a membership fee to support its events and activities. Recruitment shall take place throughout the year and membership is open at all times. Only active student members are eligible to vote. An annual membership fee of $15 will be required to hold the membership.

PURPOSE

The Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) is a student-run organization open to all individuals from a variety of academic disciplines and programs who are dedicated to supporting students of African descent in the pursuit of graduate and professional advancement at the University of Delaware. This fine association strives to accomplish four key goals: academic excellence, professional development, fellowship and community service.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

  • Ensure that new and returning Black graduate students feel supported, valued, and connected at the University of Delaware, increasing the diversity among recipients of master's, doctoral and professional degrees.
  • Maximize opportunities for Black graduate students to obtain professional development, mentorship and training to enhance the likelihood of success.
  • Supply an outlet for Black graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni and undergraduate students at UD to build healthy relationships, networks, interactions and shared resources.
  • Increase the number of graduate and professional students of African descent enrolling into advanced degree programs by encouraging undergraduates to pursue graduate and professional opportunities.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

The university community may benefit from the Black Graduate Student Association becoming a registered student organization by our efforts to assist in University diversity initiatives, create academic and social support, and connect students to one another.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

Individual members will benefit from this organization’s promotion of academic excellence, mentoring, professional guidance and social support. Members will also benefit from social opportunities where they can have a safe space to relax, express themselves and network.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

  • Members must be registered graduated students at the University of Delaware.
  • Members will not be expected to pay organizational dues

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PURPOSE

As a voluntary organization, Chinese Students and Scholars Association helps new students adapt to the American life through active activities, enriching students’ extracurricular life, creating a peaceful and warm environment for studying abroad, and cultivating students’ enthusiasm and interest in foreign life. At the same time, we should carry forward Chinese culture and act as a link in sino-us cultural exchanges.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

Our goal is to serve new Chinese students and scholars as well as other international students to adapt to the American life and enrich the extracurricular life through a variety of parties, activities and events. We also promote the cultural connection and build a friendly bridge between all Chinese and Americans.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

The University may benefit from helping with new students’ arrival, adapting to the American life and enhancing the relationship between Chinese and American students and scholars. Additionally, UDCSSA holds a mid-autumn festival, Chinese New Year gala and dumpling party to enhance the cultural exchange.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

Our members can exercise their capacity from holding different events, gaining internship opportunities and working experience. Most of the core members can exercise their leadership and organized skills, as well as receive friendships from the organization.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

Members who are interested in promoting cultural relationships between Chinese and Americans, willing to help organize events, exercise their leadership and receive friendship are all welcome to join our organization.

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PURPOSE

A group of students with advanced skills of Chinese traditional instruments gather together and perform to reveal the beauty of Chinese culture, not only to Chinese people but also foreigners.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

Music is beyond boundaries. We are aiming to have more chance of performing so that we could be able to let more people get to know the charm of music. Above this we are looking forward to cooperate with American music groups to make more diverse performance and achieve goals as much as we can.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

UD is famous for diversity. Since we believe it’s the first instrumental music group of Chinese students, it would be an icon of better cooperation between Chinese and Americans. At the same time, Chinese students could have a better chance to evolve in academic activities.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

We are a group of people filled with love of our instruments and culture. We consider every performance seriously and make it a precious way to improve our skills, not only for playing instruments but also teamwork. Officers can gain skills for leadership as well. If any performance fee is earned, we make appropriate use, such as buying performance clothes or paying for instruments and repairs.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

  • Members must have advanced playing skill of certain Chinese instruments (entry level not acceptable, but the ability to improve in a short time will be considered.
  • Be on time for every practice and able to work together well with other members.
  • Better having own instruments with themselves and be able to play and perform if needed immediately.
  • Members are responsible for keeping their instruments maintained well.

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PURPOSE

The Hispanic/Latino Graduate Student Association is a multicultural organization open to all graduate students from any department who have an interest in creating a diverse community. The purpose is to provide an inclusive environment for all Latino and Hispanic students, to foster and strengthen relationships and networks within us and to share our diverse cultural heritage with all UD community and people interested, regardless of their ancestry.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

  • Look for opportunities that students can use to better their academic careers during their time at the University.
  • Outreach: Work on getting more Hispanic/Latino graduate students to attend UD
  • Connect students with faculty advisors to mentor and guide students
  • Career workshops
    Networking opportunities
  • Social activities to create a Hispanic/Latino community and friendship.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

  • Introduce different cultures and traditions from Hispanic/Latino countries to everyone in the University.
  • Create a community for all students who are interested in learning about the Hispanic/Latino cultures.
  • Do community service activities to help the Delaware community with events, such as food drives, winter coats and fundraisers.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

  • Give guidance to Hispanic/Latino students during their time as graduate students at UD.
  • Help graduate students find opportunities to help their academic career.
  • Create a community for graduate students to help one another.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

Members need to be registered graduate students at the University of Delaware.

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PURPOSE

  • Work toward the welfare of Indian graduate students at the University of Delaware.
  • Promote Indian culture among students of India as well as non-Indian origin.
  • Stimulate interaction between members of the Indian community in the Delaware area.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

  • Arrange for student pickup and accommodation for incoming Indian graduate students.
  • Organize cultural festivities and other events of specific importance.
  • Organize gatherings, potlucks and movies to promote interaction between Indian students.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

  • The University community will get introduced to the rich culture and heritage associated with the Indian way of life.
  • University community consisting of international can better interaction with the Indian community.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

  • Members of the organization benefit from increased intra and intercommunity interaction.
  • Fulfillment of nonprofit cultural events to commemorate auspicious events.
  • Personality development due to increased exposure to people of the community in Delaware.
  • Gives a chance to new Indian graduate students to know the insistent Indian students and to acclimatize with the way of life in the U.S.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

Members should be graduate students from India at the University of Delaware.

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PURPOSE

  • Introducing UD to Iranian students inside Iran applying for graduate school at UD.
  • Expanding cultural exchange between Iran and the U.S.
  • Gathering the Iranian students together and help them get to know each other and form friendships in order to develop an organized Iranian community at UD.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

  • Cultural events will directly help the UD community to become more familiar with Persian culture.
  • Introducing UD life to Iranian UD applicants will increase the number of applicants.
  • We will help the future Iranian students to be more familiar with UD environment prior to coming to the U.S..
  • Proving the information to the faculty who are admitting Iranian students about the quality of the universities they have attended (upon request).

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

  • This would be a great chance for us as well to practice working as a group.
  • Organizing and attending events will help Iranian students to chill out from the exhausting graduate work and increase their productivity.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

We are all graduate students interested in providing cultural events to introduce Iran to the UD community. We also want to introduce UD to Iranian applicants and increase the number of Iranian students at UD in the future. This would be a great chance for us as well to practice working as a group.

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PURPOSE

The purpose of KGSA is to enhance the academic and vocational cooperation and the network among KGSA members, promote the friendship between each member and his/her prosperity, and maintain cooperative relationships with other ethnic groups at the University of Delaware. The Korean Graduate Student Association (KGSA) seeks to bring together graduate students of Korean descent for the mutual benefit of all involved. KGSA welcomes participation by individuals of Korean descent (full or partial), inclusive of all citizenship status, religion, gender, sexual and ideological orientation.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

KGSA functions as a social organization as well as a service mechanism. For instance, KGSA provides needed services for international graduate students from Korea, such as finding housing and connecting them to various American services.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

KGSA sees itself as aiding in efforts of the University of Delaware to service the international graduate student population. KGSA also seeks to share Korean history, culture and experiences with the larger University of Delaware community in the belief that the Korean communities in America, such as KGSA, have are continuing to contribute positively to the American society.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

KGSA provides the exchange of the professional knowledge among the members and enhances the friendship among the members and their prosperity. For instance, we have general assembly and a welcoming party in September, a happy hour and a welcoming party in February and a summer picnic in August. In addition, we have a wallyball club every Friday and a tennis club every Saturday.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

Any member of the University of Delaware community is eligible to become a member of this organization. The regular membership is granted to the Korean graduate students enrolled in an official graduate degree program of the University of Delaware. The associate membership is granted to faculty members, postdoctoral associates, visiting scholars and visiting professors at University of Delaware whose ethnic group is Korean.

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PURPOSE

To provide necessary help to existing and incoming Nepalese students and exposing ourselves to the broader UD community in an effort to share ideas, culture and humanity.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

  • Connect all the Nepalese students at UD with broader UD community.
  • Connect and foster relationship with NSA’s alumni.
  • Increase student participation in cultural, educational and social activities.
  • Develop leadership and organizational skills.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

  • NSA organizes cultural events to share Nepalese culture.
  • NSA has been actively involved in soliciting funds for social and humanitarian cause.
  • NSA has always prioritized establishing connection with other communities around.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

The main objective of NSA is to provide necessary help to incoming Nepalese students with their transition to UD and all the members by organizing cultural events, sharing emotions and making a home away from home.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

Any matriculated graduate student at UD qualifies for a membership if he/she agrees to the purpose and objectives of the organization.

  • First-time membership: $30
  • Annual renewal: $15

People connected to the University in any other way may become an associate member.

Officials are elected among the members by an election, in which all the members and associate members can vote.

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PURPOSE

  • Provide opportunities for Saudi students to pursue their personal, social, cultural, professional and academic goals.
  • Help new students easily accommodate to the University of Delaware.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

To enhance the Saudi students’ experience, Saudi students are encouraged to participate in a registered group that helps them develop personal and professional relationships, improve communication skills and learn leadership and organizational skills.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

  • To learn more about other cultures and make cultural exchanges through University of Delaware activities.
  • To participate in University of Delaware sports activities and intramurals, and serve the community.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

  • Students will have the opportunity to experience campus involvement through clubs and organizations.
  • Students will have access to an array of diverse campus organizations to enhance their college experience.
  • Students will have a variety of out-of-classroom learning, recreational and social opportunities.

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PURPOSE

SACNAS is an inclusive organization. The chapter is open to any students interested in bettering themselves and their peers in their careers. Our chapter will focus on helping students in their professional development and offer them opportunities that can help their careers in the future. The SACNAS society is dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists–from college students to professionals–to attain advanced degrees, careers and positions of leadership.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

  • Professional development activities to increase the students’ skills.
  • Networking opportunities, by connecting students with professionals in the field.
  • Mentorship between students and faculty members.
  • Organize a career workshop to expose students to their different career options.
  • Outreach events to recruit Hispanic/Latino graduate students to attend UD.
  • Attend the SACNAS Annual Conference.
  • Connect students to financial opportunities through the SACNAS organization.
  • Connect students to the SACNAS Leadership Institute to increase their leadership skills.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

SACNAS members will be dedicated to giving back through mentorship, peer networks, professional development and by engaging in science research and leadership of the highest caliber. The organization, its members and chapters are committed to encouraging minority students and scientists to advance to their utmost capability. SACNAS chapters organize campus, regional and community activities to promote the scientific and personal development of its members.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

  • Each member will receive a free SACNAS membershop to the national organization.
  • Connection to professionals in different STEM fields.
  • Opportunities to network and mentorship.
  • Increase students’ opportunities to help their academic careers.
  • Connection to attend the SACNAS leadership institute.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

Members need to be registered students at the University of Delaware.

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PURPOSE

To promote fellowship among members by providing services and intercultural activities to University of Delaware Taiwanese students and scholars as well as those interested in experiencing and exploring the distinctive Taiwanese culture.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

  • Taiwanese Student Association at the University Delaware is a registered student organization composed of all Taiwanese students, faculty and visiting scholars as well as their families at UD. Our major goal is to provide help and unity to all the Taiwanese living and working here.
  • To organize a variety of cultural, social and educational activities among members and with clubs in other universities.
  • To foster awareness of Taiwanese culture via a variety of activities in conjunction with organizations within the community.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

We aim to bring convenience and entertainment to the overseas life of the Taiwanese students of the University of Delaware. We are also responsible for spreading and introducing Taiwanese culture to other foreign students of University of Delaware.

The UDTSA will serve as the representative of the Taiwanese student body of University of Delaware as a whole. With the developments in international communications, especially with increased World Wide Web accessibility, the homepage of UDTSA will not only serve as an information exchange station among members but also provide a dynamic mechanism for scholarly activities and student recruitment.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

As mentioned above, we will bring convenience and entertainment to Taiwanese students at the University of Delaware. We are also an organized force to protect Taiwanese students’ rights and interests.

The UDTSA provides social functions within the local Taiwanese student community with the purpose of adding to the variety of university life. Scholarly activities will also be scheduled to establish interdisciplinary communications to further strengthen students’ communication skills on top of their scientific and/or literacy training. Assistance, such as temporary housing, airport transportation and campus orientation, will be provided to newly admitted Taiwanese students and scholars to help them settle in and become productive.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

Each member has to pay $5 membership fee for our organization each year. Our organization can apply activity subsidization from the Taipei Economic and Culture Office in Washington, D.C.

Membership is open to all students and faculty members at the University of Delaware. Other aspirants may be admitted upon a favorable vote of the executive council of UDTSA. Two classes of members shall exist among UDTSA: Active and Non-Active.

Section I: Active Members
Members of this classification shall have the right to participate in the affairs of UDTSA such as the eligibility of official duty, promoting the purpose of UDTSA and the right to vote in public as well as private businesses of UDTSA. To be considered as an active member, a member must have a favorable vote of the executive council of UDTSA.

Section II: Non-Active Members
Members of this classification are participants of the public events organized by UDTSA. They may have the right to vote for the selection of the executive council of UDTSA if they choose to do so.

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Religious and Interfaith Groups

PURPOSE

The association aims to bring together Chinese Christian graduate students and help other Chinese students in college.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

Give an organization from Chinese Christians to make some activities and have a chance to meet more Chinese international students to describe our Christian faith and help them fit in college life.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

The Chinese Christian Fellowship Group enhances student engagement and college diversity. It caters to the very needs of all Chinese international students. The students are not left outside of all the benefits from being part of the UD community. It becomes easier for them to come out from their own culture and enroll in the U.S. culture. Therefore, these Chinese international students can root in a home feeling community at UD rather than alone.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

  • Take on initiative roles or better leadership roles.
  • Improve their confidence and foundation of belief.
  • Establish more confidence in communication and interpersonal skills.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

Members need to follow the instructions of the Bible. Nobody needs to pay any dues during the establishment year. All unforeseeable costs will be addressed case by case later with existing members.

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PURPOSE

Grad-MSA is aimed to help Muslim students’ adaptation process in the university culture while practicing their religion without any difficulties. In addition to that, helping non-Muslim people in UD to better understand their Muslim friends and scholars is a purpose.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

  • Reach all Muslim students and scholars and communicate with them about their life at UD.
  • Explain Islam in a better way to non-Muslim people to easily understand.
  • Create or stress common values to live better in a community altogether.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

More public organizations will help people to see and understand Muslims and Muslim life for others. A center of questions and inquiries about Islam and Muslims will increase communication between Muslims and non-Muslims so that everybody will be able to better understand each other. All Muslim students will benefit from this organization and that will make them happy and comfortable in their life at UD.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

  • Individuals will have their questions answered.
  • Needs for practicing their religion will be provided

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

Grad-MSA is open to all matriculated students. There are no dues or other specific requirements to join.

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PURPOSE

InterGrad is the graduate student chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of Delaware. The purpose of lnterGrad is to provide a Christian community for graduate students at UD. We are a student-led, non-denominational Christian fellowship, and we exist to bring glory to God by studying and obeying His Word together, supporting each other through the challenges of graduate school, and sharing his gospel of salvation with those around us.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

• Provide a supportive and encouraging Christian community for graduate students on campus.
• Serve campus and the surrounding community in tangible ways, following the example of Jesus Christ.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

We believe that belonging to a community, especially a community separate from one’s field of study, is critical to the well-being and health of graduate students on campus. In addition, many Christians believe that spiritual wellness is a strong component of overall wellness. InterGrad is a niche for Christian graduate students and a safe space for non-Christian graduate students. Providing this community is beneficial for all involved: Graduate students are offered an important source of support and encouragement; healthy graduate students are beneficial for the University as a whole.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

The graduate student experience is a unique one, which is why graduate students often seek community with other graduate students who understand the graduate student experience. InterGrad provides a community for graduate students in the context of Christian living. Community with other Christians is a fundamental principle of Christian life; we provide a community where graduate students can support and encourage one another, as well as practice Christian disciplines such as Bible study and communal prayer. We believe that these things are beneficial to our members.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

Members must be graduate students at the University of Delaware or young adults local to Newark between the ages of 22-30 who have actively sought out our group. There are no dues associated with membership to our group.

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STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medical)

PURPOSE

The purpose of the Animal and Food Science Graduate Student Council is to provide social networking and professional development opportunities for the ANFS graduate students

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

  • Represent graduate student interests and concerns.
  • Foster friendships through fun and educational social and professional events.
  • Facilitate interdepartmental events and programs.
  • Improve communication between main and south campus for events and opportunities.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

The University of Delaware community benefits from the formation of the Animal and Food Science Graduate Student Council through:

  • Improved collaboration between ANFS and other departments
  • Furthering the One Health initiative through programming
  • Improved graduate student recruitment, retention and postgraduation success

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

  • Improved sense of social connection and support, which improve mental and social health
  • Increased opportunities for professional development, especially in ANFS-focused careers (industries, postdoctoral positions, governmental organizations)
  • Opportunities to network with colleagues within ANFS and other departments
  • The formation of lifelong friendships and professional connections

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

All members must be graduate students (master's or Ph.D.) in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences. No dues are required for membership.

PURPOSE

The Bioinformatics Student Association (BiSA) was founded in an effort to bring together students studying or interested in the field of bioinformatics. In doing so, we hope to facilitate the exchange of ideas, information and knowledge through newly formed collaborations with fellow University of Delaware students. We welcome graduate students attending the University of Delaware who are studying, working or interested in the field of bioinformatics to join our association.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

  • Enhance professional development by providing members with networking opportunities and bioinformatics workshops.
  • Support members during their academic journey by providing complementary tutoring and mentoring services and hosting study sessions for preliminary and candidacy exams.
  • Facilitate the exchange of new ideas and knowledge by hosting a variety of social events for members.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

Students in the bioinformatics program participate in research in a variety of departments across the University of Delaware. Additionally, graduate students from majors other than bioinformatics apply bioinformatics methodology to their research. BiSA joins together graduate students from different research areas, departments, colleges and majors.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

BiSA provides members with opportunities to participate in multiple educational and networking events each semester. These events include meet and greet opportunities with industry and academic leaders and workshops to improve skills related to the field of bioinformatics. BiSA also hosts a number of social events for graduate students such as a coffee hour before each bioinformatics seminar, ice ream socials, picnics and ice skating. In addition to this, BiSA provides tutoring and mentorship to all members as well as study groups for the bioinformatics preliminary exam and candidacy exam.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

There are no dues. Members must be graduate students in BINF or a related field with an active interest in bioinformatics.

 

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PURPOSE

To provide opportunities and community to biology graduate students in order to increase their productivity, connections and networking opportunities and further their career goals.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

The specific goals and objectives of the organization are to introduce students to various labs and advisors, provide them with guidance with one-on-one mentoring and hold career building events, such as our annual career symposium.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

The University community would benefit, and has benefited, through our guidance to prospective, incoming and current graduate students. We also increase networking opportunities between alumni and current graduate students, and between current graduate students in biology and other graduate students in STEM fields.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

Members will gain leadership experience and learn how to collaborate and work with other scientific minds in the department.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

Members must be registered University of Delaware Biology graduate students.

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PURPOSE

The graduate BMES chapter at UD fosters relationships within the Department of Biomedical Engineering, collaborates with undergraduate BMES students at UD through a mentorship program and social events, establishes outreach programs within UD and throughout the Delaware community, and develops opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to network with local businesses and other Universities.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

  • Foster relationships within the BME department at UD.
  • Collaborate with the undergraduate BMES at UD, including mentoring of undergraduates as they navigate class work and plan for their future.
  • Establish outreach programs within UD and throughout the Delaware community.
  • Develop opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to network with local businesses and other universities.
  • Present annual graduate BMES awards.
  • Conduct graduate BMES Seminar Series throughout each semester.
  • Coordinate BMES Local University Research Day.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

Becoming a registered student organization will allow us to gain official recognition from the national BMES organization, providing our chapter with additional sources of funding as well as the opportunity to apply for special chapter awards. This funding will go toward chapter scholarships and awards, as well as travel to the national BMES annual meeting, an excellent networking opportunity for graduate students. Additionally, we will be able to establish a bank account separate from the undergraduate BMES chapter, which will help us organize and separate our goals as graduate students, including hosting seminar speakers, organizing a student research day and providing more opportunities for networking. Undergraduates will continue to benefit from our membership program.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

Active members of BMES are eligible for the three awards we have established (student conference travel, influential graduate student, graduate community leader), and any additional awards we may develop after becoming a registered student organization. Our meetings, which occur monthly, provide a space for community and collaboration, as we usually start our meetings with official business and end with socializing and brainstorming for ways to foster collaboration within our department.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

Membership is open to any graduate student, postdoc or faculty member at UD interested in biomedical engineering. To be considered an active member, participants must attend at least 50% of regular meetings, attend at least one event per semester and pay $5 in dues per semester.

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PURPOSE

Facilitate the interactions between the faculty and graduate students in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Act as a liaison and keep the lines of communication open. Depending on the needs of the graduate students, Colburn Club will adapt its programs and goals.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

  • Plan departmental events to enhance the social and professional relationships of its graduate students.
  • Coordinate recruitment for the incoming graduate student class in close collaboration with the department graduate student coordinator.
  • Coordinate professional research reviews and seminar talks in close collaboration with the department graduate student coordinator.
  • Plan social gatherings to foster relationships between graduates and faculty.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

We play a large role in keeping the graduate students in our department satisfied with our program. We work to incorporate programs that are in direct response to suggestions by faculty and graduate students. We have had seminar talks and events that are open to graduate students at the engineering-wide level so we have a hand in collaboration and networking.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

Every graduate student in the department is automatically a member of our organization. The events and resources are for them individually and they get to partake in the events that are planned.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

There are no dues; every graduate student in department is a member.

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PURPOSE

The mission of our COPRI Student Chapter is to promote the science of civil and coastal engineering in a manner consistent with the goals of the University of Delaware and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), as well as to represent the University of Delaware in ASCE. The student chapter aims to share innovative ideas on the management of the coastal zone and encourage the development of state-of-the-art tools for the protection of coastal communities from natural hazards. The purpose can be satisfied through technical and social activities that will be organized at the University of Delaware and in cooperation with the COPRI Student Chapter, professional meetings, field trips and competitions.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

  • To enhance the interest of undergraduate and graduate students in civil and coastal engineering, as well as to increase their awareness of projects and research related to natural hazards
  • To offer educational opportunities for graduate students
  • To promote the collaboration between experimentalists and modelers to achieve integrated solutions for the protection of the coastal communities from coastal floods
  • To reach out to high schools in Delaware and encourage them to pursue higher science and engineering by giving them the opportunity to participate in small scale wave flume tests

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

Successful performance of the student chapter will result in:

  • Better inter-university collaborations through the organization of multidisciplinary workshops and events.
  • Increased opportunities for the professional development of the students that will be supported by COPRI fundings.
  • The name of the University of Delaware will be promoted with the participation of UD COPRI student members in national competitions.
  • The outreach program in high schools will probably bring more undergraduate students at UD.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

  • Increase knowledge of special topics, such as port development and river engineering that are not taught in the class.
  • Bring together students and industry representatives ,and thus the individual members will increase their networking.
  • Enhance professional development by gaining financial assistance to participate in ASCE conferences.
  • Improve communication skills and start cooperating with students and faculty members from other departments at UD through multidisciplinary hands-on workshops organized at UD by the COPRI Student Chapter.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

  • Prospective members of the COPRI Student Chapter should be student members of ASCE and/or COPRI.
  • Prospective members of the COPRI Student Chapter should be enrolled in a UD graduate program.
  • The academic advisor needs to be an ASCE member.
  • Membership is free for all current students.

PURPOSE

Our student chapter provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students studying or interested in water resources science, policy or engineering to network with water professionals, serve the community, learn from peers and invited guests, and connect with peers during social events.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

  • Provide social and networking opportunities to students, such as Speed Networking event and Winter in the Watershed event.
  • Provide in the professional development of students, such as Career Night and events with the UD Career Center.
  • Collect, organize and disseminate ideas and information in the field of water resources, such as speakers from local organizations.
  • Provide a means of interaction within the water resources community and local community, such as the Water Quality Outreach Initiative.
  • Represent membership in the campus community.
  • Provide information about the chapter to incoming students.
  • Promote regionally and locally the objective of the association.
  • Encourage membership in the association
  • Arrange such regional and local conferences or seminars deemed valuable.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

Our student chapter participates in volunteer activities such as Delaware Coastal Cleanup and Christina River Watershed Cleanup. In addition, our outreach program presents New Castle residents with tips and tricks for keeping their water clean and unpolluted as it leaves their property and goes into storm drains.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

Our organization provides social and networking opportunities to students as well as professional development.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

  • Any registered, full-time, part-time or sustaining status student at the University of Delaware is eligible for membership.
  • A membership of $10 per year is required.

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PURPOSE

To foster an inclusive earth science graduate student community and to expand geosciences-specific professional development opportunities.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

Mentor new students, foster peer collaboration, enhance department inclusivity, enhance student development through presentation/public speaking opportunities, and create a forum for discussion about graduate school-related topics and challenges.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

Creating a network of alumni with a strong connection to the earth science department who can mentor undergraduate and graduate students as they look for jobs after graduation.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

Involvement in a network of peers with opportunities of professional development, mentorship and collaboration.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

Strong interest in earth science.

PURPOSE

The chapter is organized and will be operated for professional and educational purposes to benefit and support its members, the region, the IAEM-USA and the IAEM.

IAEM@UD’s mission is to undertake a number of educational and service-oriented activities in four main areas: contributions to the profession of emergency management, enhancing student education in disaster science and emergency management, professional development, and community service.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

  • Support for the vision and mission of the IAEM, the IAEM-USA and the region
  • Academic and research excellence and opportunities within the fields of emergency management and homeland security as well as their related disciplines
  • Meaningful opportunities for employment, professional development and networking
  • Opportunities to engage in community service and outreach
  • Growth and diversity within the membership of the chapter
  • Effective and efficient communication and involvement within the chapter, with the region, with the IAEM-USA and with all parts of IAEM.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

IAEM is an international organization advocating for professionals in emergency management. By hosting a student chapter, the University community will have access to the resources of the organization. The chapter will bring opportunities for continued learning to the entire university community. The chapter also plans on engaging in educational and outreach activities for the University and surrounding community, sharing information on topics related to emergency management, and increasing the preparedness of the community for disaster.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

Individual members will have more direct access to IAEM resources and also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities that will assist with their personal, educational and professional development, including speakers, volunteer opportunities and chances to apply their knowledge to practical issues. This will also help them connect with other students with similar interests and professionals in the field.

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PURPOSE

The mission of the KGSO is to cultivate a positive, engaging, supportive community amongst students and faculty in the kinesiology and applied physiology graduate programs in order to enhance the professional and personal experiences of students.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

  • Enhance the professional and personal development of students by organizing events in three domains: professional, teaching and research, and service and social domains (seminars, workshops, guest speakers/panels, University-wide events).
  • Promote KAAP graduate program by hosting an annual open house event for prospective students.
  • Encourage social interaction, exchange of ideas and mutual support amongst students, faculty and staff by organizing monthly social events and developing monthly newsletter to advertise current events, student and faculty achievements, and other relevant communications to the KAAP department.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

  • The community will benefit through organized events such as food/clothing drives and various interdepartmental challenges hosted and supported by the organization.
  • The Department of Kinesiology and Applied Psychology will benefit through a stronger community of students, faculty and staff as well as enhance recruitment through open house events hosted by KGSO.
  • Graduate students will benefit from opportunities and supportive, social communities to enhance their experience.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

Active members will be provided with opportunities for professional development, including elevator speech competitions, biomedical industry panel Q&As and workshops, and networking opportunities to help them reach their individual goals and grow as professionals.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

  • There are no membership dues.
  • Members must be enrolled at least part time in a University of Delaware KAAP graduate program.
  • Members must remain in good standing with both the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Psychology and UD as a whole.

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PURPOSE

MRS has three primary purposes:
• Professional: Facilitate professional connections for MSEG students.
• Social: Provide events and spaces for MSEG students on and off campus to interact.
• Outreach: Foster an interest in science in local Delaware community.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

We aim to help students by providing them with opportunities for professional development through networking events, on- and off-campus social opportunities to meet other graduate students in the department, and outreach and volunteer opportunities at least once per semester to give back to the community. We host at least one networking event, one volunteer opportunity and one fun event each semester, allowing students to participate in multiple ways, as well as our Career Day in the winter semester, in which we bring in industry, government and academic professionals.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

By MRS being a registered student organization, we are able to help the University benefit from connections facilitated between the students at UD and companies. We also provide opportunities for community outreach, giving back and hopefully fostering an interest in science to the local community, connecting the University of Delaware name to a group that is able to engage with children in STEM learning.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

By being a registered student organization, we are able to help graduate students build connections with other departments, universities and professionals. It also allows for the support of a network of peers, building inclusion, opportunity, excellence and professional development within our department.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

To be a member, you must be an MSEG student; to hold office you must be in good standing with the department. No dues are charged.

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PURPOSE

To provide current graduate students and postdocs the opportunity to present either their current research or a topic of choice to a group of fellow students in the field.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

We aim to provide a safe space for students to present their work. We encourage the audience to ask questions and make suggestions to the speaker, giving the speaker a chance to get input on their research or presentation style from students not in their research group. During each presentation, we choose a problem or mechanism to work through in small groups on the board. Over the summer, we have a synthesis competition, where we divide into groups of four-to-six people working on a synthesis to a common natural product. At the end of the summer, each group presents their proposed route. For the rest of the summer, we work on problem sets in small groups and then go over the answers on the board.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

Our group encourages equality within the science field. Each semester, we invite a seminar speaker to present during the OJC time period. We also incorporate outreach, including meeting with high school students to talk about our research and encouraging them to pursue a job in the STEM fields.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

By providing students the opportunity to present their research to their peers, our members get to improve their public speaking abilities. As an audience member, you are encouraged to ask questions, forcing you to be thinking deeply about other people’s chemistry. When the audience asks a question, the speakers have to think critically on their feet in order to answer. All of these skills help our members throughout their graduate careers, such as candidacy exams, and are also helpful for job interviews and in our future jobs.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

To present: organic chemistry graduate student or postdoc
Audience: affiliated with the chemistry and biochemistry department

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PURPOSE

The students within the University of Delaware doctor of physical therapy program

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

Elected officials from the student body serve as representatives for the class, with various positions including tasks such as helping to aid in fundraising for the Foundation for Physical Therapy, planning social events for the class, serving as liaisons to the UD undergraduate students, and communicating between faculty and staff regarding requirements for matriculation throughout the program.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

UDPT is always looking for ways to be more involved in the larger graduate student body. Having an intensive curriculum and structured course schedule within an accelerated 2 1/2-year program brings our individual classes closer together and increases unity within our department; however, with classes isolated to the Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus, we often engage with students related to the health sciences rather than the broader UD student body as a whole. Thus, UDPT is striving to reach out and get involved on campus.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

Students are brought closer together through fundraising, social and professional opportunities outside of the traditional classroom setting.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

$50 -lx dues fee for all DPTl students which is good for the entire 2 1/2 years in the graduate program. Any student is eligible to hold an office position, but must be elected into the position on a majority basis from all students within the DPT program. Positions are specific by class.

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PURPOSE

  • To promote a unified, supportive community of graduate students within the University of Delaware Department of Physics and Astronomy (UD DPA) graduate student body.
  • To address and resolve the needs and issues of the UD DPA graduate students by consulting with department representatives, including the department chair, graduate program director and graduate student coordinator.
  • To organize events that promote academic excellence, professional development and social activity, primarily within the UD DPA graduate student community, and secondarily within the wider UD DPA community.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

  • Effectively communicate with the UD DPA chair, graduate program director and graduate student coordinator in order to advocate for a better graduate student work-life balance; mediate discussions and concerns regarding graduate student teaching responsibilities, pay, and course selection; participate in discussions and planning sessions regarding facilities and policies use by and affecting graduate students.
  • Ensure incoming graduate students have adequate information to smoothly transition into graduate student life in the UD DPA.
  • Organize regular social events, including holiday parties, off-campus trips, social hours, off-campus activities and sports matches within and among the UD DPA, and wider UD, graduate student body.
  • Hold monthly graduate student talks relating to current graduate student research within the UD DPA.
  • Connect with UD alumni and other professionals in the field of physics and astronomy, and related areas, with the aim of promoting professional development opportunities for the graduate students of the UD DPA.
  • Collaborate with other UD graduate student organizations to form connections within the wider UD graduate student community.
  • Participate in local volunteer activities and outreach programs.
  • Increase the number of participants in UD DPA activities.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

PAGSS membership is open to all University of Delaware students. In particular, students within the UD DPA, or with connection to the UD DPA, are encouraged to participate. PAGSS strives to provide an ideal environment to foster professional networks and relationships both within and without the UD DPA.

PAGSS is an organization committed to developing a more diverse, supportive and tolerant community. We welcome students of all backgrounds, races, religions, genders, socioeconomic classes and abilities. We actively support the mission and goals of UD’s Diversity Statements, such as https://grad.udel.edu/students/diversity-inclusion/

PAGSS encourages interdepartmental collaboration through open inclusion in its activities. PAGSS endeavors to participate in the wider community through activities, volunteering and outreach efforts.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

By participating within PAGSS, you will gain:

  • A more fully developed personal professional network within the UD DPA, and wider community, as well as a community of like-minded individuals with which to socialize and build connections outside of the classroom/research group.
  • A deeper perspective on current events and research affecting the UD DPA, UD community and the community of physics and astronomy as a whole.
  • A network within which to develop, grow and promote yourself as a young member of the growing scientific community.
  • Opportunities to practice and develop professional skills, such as grant writing, public speaking and networking.
  • A chance to give back to your UD DPA, and wider UD, community.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

All of the graduate students in the UD DPA are automatically members of PAGSS. Graduate students from other departments and colleges at UD can request membership by emailing or contacting the current PAGSS president. Membership of individuals outside UD DPA will be finalized after being accepted (by majority vote) by the current PAGSS board. Nongraduate student members will also be considered and voted upon by the current PAGSS board.

All PAGSS members will be included in the PAGSS email list.

There are no fees associated with PAGSS membership. Occasionally, off-campus PAGSS activities will have a fee in order to finance the trip. This fee is NOT mandatory for all members and is not associated with membership in PAGSS.

PAGSS officers will be elected from within the active membership by public democratic process. The core board (president, vice president, secretary and treasurer) will be elected every year between May and September. All other positions will be elected after the start of the school year in September, in order to incorporate incoming graduate students. PAGSS elections must be announced to the entire active membership list, at least a week before the event, and anyone is allowed to run for the PAGSS board positions, with exceptions listed below. Voting rights are extended to all PAGSS active members.

PAGSS active members are defined as members who  have not graduated from UD  (alumni members) and who have been accepted as members through the membership procedure defined above.

The DPA graduate student senator is not allowed to be a PAGSS core board member while concurrently holding the DPA GSG seat. Safety officers should, but are not mandated to, be from the set of students working in DPA labs.

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PURPOSE

To serve as a conduit for bettering the experience of graduate students, by graduate students, in the PLSC department.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

  • To develop a community of graduate students within PLSC
  • To promote effective communication among faculty, staff and graduate students in PLSC
  • To support and encourage professional development of graduate students

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

  • Increased comradery
  • Increased communication between faculty, staff and graduate students within the PLSC department

This organization will embody UD’s values by creating an environment to ”nurture intellectual curiosity and free inquiry, where everyone is empowered to learn and to flourish.” We will specifically promote UD’s core value of community. Graduate students are an important part of the University community, and any effort that serves to increase the satisfaction and enrich the scholarship of graduate students will not only make the PLSC department more competitive but our University more competitive as well. Effectively, this organization will attract more competitive faculty, graduate students and staff, and increase the likelihood of financial support from alumni donors and grant-funding institutions.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

Event chairs and officers will have opportunities:

  • To gain leadership skills, communication skills and planning/organization skills as event chairs.
  • Be involved with University committees, gaining exposure and experience to life in academia, which may be a career of interest to some members.

All members will:

  • Benefit from space and time to share achievements, knowledge and academic-professional experiences.
  • Have a bridge to increase communication between fellow graduate students and faculty members.
  • Be exposed to professional development and networking opportunities.
  • Have the opportunity to form connections and bond with fellow students in the PLSC department.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

General membership:
Must be enrolled, full or part time, as a graduate student in the PLSC department or under a faculty member associated with the PLSC department.

Officers/committee chairs:
Must be enrolled, full or part time, as a graduate student in the PLSC department or under a faculty member associated with the PLSC department.

  • Must be able to serve a full term (one year, turnover in June).
  • Must be able to attend officer/chair meetings.

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PURPOSE

We aim to establish a unique Delaware-based platform that could ignite interest in STEM for middle and high school students from minority groups historically underrepresented in STEM. Led by UD graduate students interested in being a resource and providing enriching and novel experiences for students, the goals of Project Brain Light are to provide introductory exposure to STEM foci that students may not readily receive in the classroom, as well as personal accounts on navigating the path toward higher education and a position in STEM. Furthermore, we aim to generate and transmit diversified scholarship through developed partnerships with local communities in light of strengthening academia-community relations and increasing STEM-based collaboration.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

Project Brain Light aims to provide students from underrepresented backgrounds with novel, interactive science experiences centered on introductory exposure to neuroscience and STEM. Our objective is to engage students by arranging experimental science stations where they can actively participate in learning the limitations of the visual system through a series of perceptual illusions, how the brain communicates with the body using electrochemical signals and how specific functions of the brain are allocated to specific areas. Students will also observe real-time electrical activity recorded from the surface of the scalp, view the distinct shape and form of brain cells, and learn about the active relationship between DNA and the brain. Additionally, UD graduate students will provide personal accounts and experiences on navigating the path toward higher education and a position in STEM.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

The University of Delaware community will benefit from this group by developing interest in STEM in underrepresented communities and schools throughout Delaware. These students could potentially become future students at the University of Delaware. Furthermore, we aim to generate and transmit diversified scholarship through developed partnerships with local communities in light of strengthening academia-community relations and increasing STEM-based collaboration.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

The members of our organization will benefit from these partnerships as well. Graduate students at UD are looking for ways to become involved in outreach opportunities and connect with the community. This will provide students a chance to channel their STEM knowledge into beneficial outcomes and provide them will opportunities to directly apply their research in the community, such as as disseminating it to the general public. Furthermore, they will be able to make contacts via networking that may help them further their careers/outreach in the future.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

Members must be graduate students at UD and are required to participate in at least one event per year to remain in the organization.

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Women in STEMM

PURPOSE

The Purpose of the Association for Women in Mathematics is to encourage women and girls to study and to have active careers in the mathematical sciences, and to promote equal opportunity and the equal treatment of women and girls in the mathematical sciences.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

Our goals as an organization are to provide opportunities for academic, professional and personal growth for students who are passionate about mathematics and social justice. We want to inform and educate our members on the problems facing minorities in STEM.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

The University benefits from AWM becoming a registered student organization because we promote and encourage diversity on campus. We also help empower minorities in STEM while also teaching the majority about the struggles of minorities.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

Our members will have a place to learn about social justice specifically focused in an area that they are passionate about. They will be able to have professional development while also gaining tools to become active in the quest for justice in and out of STEM.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

Members have to be UD students interested in gender equality in STEM.

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PURPOSE

Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) is a global community for women in the STEM field. This group started in 1921, and its mission is to empower, inspire, support and recognize women in science. Today, GWIS has more than 1,000 members and many chapters in the United States and across the globe. The national organization and local chapters work together to provide professional development and networking opportunities to members through conferences, grants, awards, fellowships and leadership opportunities. GWIS' mission is to accomplish its goal by following three guiding principles: connect, lead and empower.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

GWIS' goals and objectives are for UD graduate women in the STEM field to connect with other passionate, diverse scientists to uplift each other and work together to promote science, and to create opportunities for UD graduate women in science to participate in outreach activities, networking, leadership and making an impact in the community.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

GWIS benefits the University of Delaware community because it empowers, inspires, supports and recognizes graduate women in science. It also organizes outreach activities and networking opportunities for UD students and support graduate students through grants, awards and fellowships.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

GWIS members will benefit from the organization through opportunities to participate in outreach activities, networking opportunities through conferences; grants, awards and fellowships for graduate students; leadership opportunities to serve the community of women scientists from UD, the local and global communities; and the opportunity to make an impact in the community.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

  • A person is eligible for membership in the Delaware chapter if qualified for membership in Sigma Delta Epsilon/Graduate Women in Science, Inc. as specified in the National Constitution and Bylaws.
  • Graduate student members shall pay 100% of the established chapter dues and shall have all the rights and privileges of chapter membership.
  • A graduate student member is one who is registered for an advanced degree.
  • A transitional member is one who is making a professional transition.
  • A regular member may become an emeritus member for reasons of health or age.
  • Undergraduate science majors may become non-voting affiliate members.

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PURPOSE

To provide a forum for discussions on the diverse experiences of women in marine science, share and promote research, and conduct outreach aimed at increasing awareness of marine science.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

The Society for Women in Marine Science (SWMS) is a small but rapidly expanding national organization dedicated to promoting women in marine science. SWMS at UD will plan monthly discussion groups around topics pertaining to women and diversity in marine science, marine science education and STEM education more broadly. We intend to host networking events, research symposiums, panels and speakers open to the broader community, one or two times per semester, that will provide a forum for scientists to share their life and career experiences and perspective. We also intend to participate in regional symposiums hosted by other SWMS chapters and SWMS events held at national and international conferences. Finally, we will engage in outreach to local organizations, such as Girl Scout troops, in order to increase awareness of and interest in marine science.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

SWMS will host events geared toward raising awareness of marine science and the diversity of women in marine science. This organization will thereby bring educational opportunities to the UD community and provide a range of perspectives on STEM and STEM education that will more broadly benefit students, staff and faculty at UD. We hope to increase the diversity of people in STEM fields, instill confidence in younger scientists and provide a support network for those considering marine science or earth sciences more broadly.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

SWMS will provide a forum for students, faculty and staff to network and share their experiences. Members will benefit from having this network and becoming more aware of the diversity ofresearch areas and life experiences their peers and role models have. We hope to foster honest discussions about challenges and successes in research and member’s personal lives that will instill confidence in young scientists and motivate others to pursue marine sciences.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

There are no dues or qualifications for membership. Officers will be graduate students or postdocs in an earth sciences-related field or with an interest in earth sciences.

PURPOSE

The mission of this organization is to empower women majoring in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) by providing a strong campus community, online resources and visible role models. In order to achieve these goals, Scientista will provide programs and create online content on our blog, including student spotlights, networking opportunities with successful women in STEMM, and socials and study groups.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

  • Provide a strong campus community to support graduate students across the STEMM disciplines at UD.
  • Provide opportunities for meaningful outreach experiences to engage with women in the community.
  • Provide opportunities for meaningful mentorship experiences with the undergraduate UD Scientista Foundation chapter.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

The UD graduate and undergraduate communities will benefit from establishing mentorship between members from both chapters. This will encourage more undergraduate female students in STEMM to pursue careers/further education in these fields. Further, the establishment of a diverse STEMM graduate community at UD will support graduate female student retention in these fields and encourage career development.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

The UD graduate Scientista members will benefit by the cross-discipline nature of the organization. In focusing on all fields spanning science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine, members will have the opportunity to engage in trans-discipline communication, collaboration and scholarship. Members will benefit from an inclusive community of individuals who share in the goal of empowering women and promoting STEMM. Further, members will have the opportunity to participate in the annual Scientista Symposium.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

  • Annual dues of $10 (waived for executive board members)
  • Support the mission statement.
  • Executive board members must be available to meet biweekly.

PURPOSE

Our mission is to promote and retain women in chemistry through providing professional development and outreach opportunities, as well as an open forum to discuss gender related issues and current topics in chemistry.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

Our mission is to promote and retain women in chemistry through providing professional development and outreach opportunities, as well as an open forum to discuss gender-related issues and current topics in chemistry

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

Events are open to graduate students from other departments. Additionally, WIC will make the community better through outreach events specifically geared toward young students to inspire young members in the community to pursue higher education in STEM.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

Our members benefit from networking opportunities, professional development, community building and social benefits associated with being active in the group.

Diversity in STEMM Groups

PURPOSE

NOBCChE is committed to the discovery, transmittal and application of knowledge in the fields of science and engineering. Additionally, it is committed to the professional and educational growth of underrepresented minorities in chemical sciences and related fields.

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

Our chapter strives to increase minority participation through diverse programs and opportunities designed to enable scholarship, stimulate innovative research, collaborate and foster professional development and awareness of careers in the chemical sciences and related fields. Programs will include local meetings, technical talks, guest speakers and networking opportunities.

HELPING THE UD COMMUNITY

In keeping with the University of Delaware’s mission to promote diversity, the NOBCChE Student Chapter at the University of Delaware seeks to increase the retention and graduation rate of minority students in chemistry, chemical engineering and related fields.

INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS

The members of the NOBCChE Student Chapter at the University of Delaware will be provided with a support system, resources and network opportunities that would enable them to improve their academic and professional performance to achieve their career goals.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership shall be open to all registered graduate students actively pursuing coursework at the University of Delaware and faculty and staff members in chemical sciences or any closely related field. 
  • Active Membership: Active members of the NOBCChE Student Chapter at University of Delaware shall be those who have current enrollment at University of Delaware, regularly attend meetings and pay national dues. 
  • Honorary Membership: Honorary members of the NOBCChE Student Chapter at University of Delaware shall be those special people – alumni, faculty, staff, others – who wish to participate in NOBCChE Student Chapter at the University of Delaware. 
  • Requirements for membership: A student member must be enrolled in full time study as a graduate student pursuing, in good academic standing, in any of the above mentioned fields and pay the required annual dues of the national organization. NOBCChE along with University of Delaware does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, marital status, disability or status as a U.S. veteran.

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