New GSC-recognized Groups

On February 3, 2014 by Grad Forum

Vivek Venkataraman of the Dartmouth Beekeeping Association performs a hive check.

During this academic year, six new graduate student groups have come into existence and were offered recognition by the Graduate Student Council (GSC) thus far. Recognition allows student-run groups to apply for annual block funding from the GSC (up to $1000/year). This financial sponsorship from the GSC helps the student groups plan interesting and exciting events and programming for the broader graduate student body. The groups that were offered GSC recognition this year are very diverse and are already very busy organizing events for the whole graduate community. This article highlights four of those newly formed student groups.

The Graduate Classical Piano Club (GCPC) has been a GSC-recognized group since December 2013. The mission of this group is to offer an opportunity for music lovers to share, listen, play, and enjoy classical pieces on the piano. GCPC’s president, Justin Richardson, is already organizing meetings for the group. At the group’s first meeting, all 11 active members played different piano pieces.

The Dartmouth Beekeeping Association (DBA), established in September 2013, aims to promote the art of apiculture and to share knowledge about the role of honeybees in natural ecosystems. The group’s mission is to create self-sufficient student beekeepers through hands-on beekeeping in the hopes that students will take their knowledge with them after moving on from Dartmouth. DBA currently has 24 members, including undergraduate and graduate students. This coming spring, DBA will be establishing several beehives at the nearby Organic Farm to be managed communally by DBA members; these hives will also be used for instructional beekeeping events. Since beekeeping is primarily a warm weather activity, DBA plans to offer numerous activities during spring, summer, and fall of every academic year.

The Science, Technology, and Engineering Policy Society (STEPS) was founded in November 2013 and gained GSC recognition in December 2013. This group aims to be a resource for Dartmouth community members (graduate students especially, but also undergraduates, post-doctoral associates, and faculty members) who are interested in learning about jobs in the policy sector. The group will compile fellowship opportunities and share information about the requirements of jobs in the science policy field and what policy careers are like. This year, STEPS is planning to host speakers who are currently or have previously worked in science policy, as well as hold networking events with Dartmouth graduate alumni who have science policy experience. The group currently has 9 members.

The Dartmouth Data Analytics Club is a GSC-recognized group that was established in October 2013. This group aims to bring together researchers from different backgrounds to exchange ideas related to data analysis methods. It is indeed helpful for graduate students, particularly those who perform research relying heavily on data analysis, to know what kind of data analysis resources the graduate student community can offer. This group encourages collaborations and fosters communication between graduate students. Currently, the group has 30 members.

Overall, the graduate community at Dartmouth welcomes these highly creative, new GSC-recognized groups this year. The groups all have something in common: to foster diversity and enhance the quality of life of Dartmouth graduate students. Interested in forming your own group and petitioning the GSC for recognition? Simply follow the directions outlined on the GSC-recognition form here. GSC-recognized group membership is free and open to all graduate students in the Arts and Sciences, The Dartmouth Institute (TDI), and Thayer School of Engineering here at Dartmouth.

The Graduate Forum congratulates all the newly-recognized groups on their initiative, and wishes them the best of luck in their endeavors.

by Gilbert Rahme

photo from Dartmouth Beekeeping Association

 

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