New GSC Secretary, Andrew Wong

On July 17, 2013 by Grad Forum

drew_wong_thumbnail_2The Graduate Forum continues to profile the newly-elected Graduate Student Council (GSC) executive board members—this week focusing on the position of secretary.

The newly-elected secretary of the GSC is Andrew Wong, a second-year master’s candidate at the Thayer School of Engineering. He performs research on optoelectronic nanomaterials for solar applications, developing technology that makes use of the sun’s energy.

In the role of secretary, Wong is responsible for preparing the agendas for both the executive board and general council meetings, in addition to taking detailed minutes, and tracking attendance. Wong is in a unique position to take on the responsibilities of secretary in that he was also an undergraduate at Dartmouth. As an undergraduate, Wong majored in engineering science with a minor in international studies and was heavily involved in student groups. During an undergraduate research experience, graduate students with whom he worked encouraged him to go to graduate school himself. As an undergraduate alumnus, Wong has a unique perspective that fosters communication and networking, two of the major objectives of the GSC—he is able to lead initiatives to collaborate more with undergraduate students.

When asked why he chose to run for a position in the GSC, Wong commented, “As both a Dartmouth undergraduate and graduate student, I felt that my unique position within the Dartmouth community could benefit the Graduate Student Council’s endeavors to integrate and elevate the graduate student population… [and] further the principal endeavor of the GSC: to support and connect Dartmouth graduate students.”

As a GSC executive board member, Wong is already doing a great job connecting graduate students to undergraduates, faculty, staff, alumni, and each other and contributing to the efforts of the other GSC officers. Wong would like to encourage the graduate community to email him with suggestions for other ways to encourage partnerships.

The Graduate Forum congratulates Drew Wong on his new position on the GSC and wishes him the best in his endeavors. For more information about the GSC, please visit the GSC website.

by Gilbert Rahme

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