Chemistry Graduate Student Advisory Committee (GSAC)

The Graduate Student Advisory Committee (GSAC) is composed of eight graduate students and three faculty. GSAC works 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.

Grad students will elect six representatives from their own ranks and two faculty members. The remainder of the committee will be selected by the head of the department. More details can be found in the GSAC bylaws.

Feel free to contact us at about anything!

2021 - 2022 Committee Members

Graduate Students (year of study):

Mikaila French (2)
Joseph Valus (2)
Kithmini Wijesiri (3)
Francis Masese (3)
Jenna Cannata (3)
Dennis Sulwey (4)
Arturo Leon-Sandoval (4)
Randil Weerasuriya (5)
Keshani Hiniduma (5)


Prof. Jing Zhao
Prof. Kerry Gilmore
Prof. Nate Hohman

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!

Joint Safety Team (JST)

The Joint Safety Team (JST) in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Connecticut is a student-led initiative to build laboratory safety culture within academic labs, expand graduate student understanding of industry laboratory safety culture, and for students to build professional capacity through building and leading projects. If you are a current graduate student bursting with ideas and looking to make an impact on this department while building your professional network and those all-important “soft” skills, contact Jessica A. Martin at

For more information, visit the JST website!

Chemistry Association for Graduate Excellence (CAGE)

The Chemistry Association for Graduate Excellence (CAGE) is a Tier II Graduate RSO that seeks to make use of our Student Activity Fee by planning fun social events that are open to all graduate students. Being a part of CAGE is a great way to meet graduate students from other departments and would be a good fit for anyone interested in event planning.

For more information, visit the CAGE website!