Chemistry Graduate Student Advisory Committee (GSAC)

The Graduate Student Advisory Committee is composed of a group of ten students that represent the voices of their fellow graduate students when concerns arise or when the Department Head seeks the input of the Chemistry graduate student body. One student from each entering year is selected and voted upon via a nomination process, in addition to five additional students selected by the Department Head to provide representation from the various disciplines.

GSAC students work to build a strong community spirit among the graduate students, serve as a resource to the Department Head, and organize initiatives for the betterment of the graduate students and the outside community. GSAC students meet with the Department Head monthly and plan events such as: Graduate Student Poster Session, outreach events, and social events such as an annual Thanksgiving potluck.

2015 - 2016 Committee Members

Snehasis Bhakta
David Loe
Reihaneh Mohammadi
Steve Murphy
Reza Nemati
Abby Oakes
Shannon Poges
Brent Powell
Megan Puglia
Rose Sheridan

Phi Lambda Upsilon (PLU)

The aims and purposes of Phi Lambda Upsilon are the promotion of high scholarship and original investigation in all branches of pure and applied chemistry. Phi Lambda Upsilon was founded as an honorary chemical society in March 1899 at the University of Illinois. This was the first honor society dedicated to a single scientific discipline. In the span of 113 years, Phi Lambda Upsilon has grown into an organization comprising seventy-three chapters and more than 60,000 members. The Alpha Phi chapter, here at UConn, is comprised of approximately 20 graduate students. We aim to narrow the gap between graduate students and faculty by organizing various social activities.

It’s a great and fun way to interact with your colleagues, faculty, and visitors!

If you are interested in joining PLU, please email with your name and year of graduate work (1st, 2nd, 3rd etc.).

For more information, visit the PLU website!

2015 - 2016 Officers

President: Julie Jenkins
Vice-President: Nicole Sassu
Treasurer: Gayatri Phadke
Secretary: Michael Luciano
Social Chair: Abby Jones
Chapter Councilor: Dr. Mark Peczuh