Physics and Astronomy Hosts Interdepartmental Tea

On March 7, 2014 by Grad Forum

physics_idt_thumbnailInterdepartmental Tea (IDTea) is back! The Department of Physics and Astronomy hosted the first IDTea of the year on Wednesday, February 26. The teas were begun last year by former Graduate Student Council (GSC) Academic Chair Rich Lopez. The purpose of the teas is to encourage graduate students to come together, visit other departments, and meet new friends and collaborators. Last year’s IDTeas were such a success that current Academic Chair Anna Prescott wanted to continue the tradition this year.

Coffee, tea, and homemade treats brought members of the graduate community to the Atrium of Wilder Hall. The room was packed with students from programs and departments across campus, such as the Department of Computer Science, Department of Earth Sciences, Department of Mathematics, Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) Program, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences (PBS), and Thayer School of Engineering. This event even attracted some physics and math faculty and post-docs as well. Spencer Hatch, a PhD student in physics and the vice president of the GSC, found that “it was rewarding to watch graduate students from various programs across campus come in to the Atrium at Wilder, chatting and visibly enjoying the company… It’s representative of the camaraderie that we feel amongst each other.”

Bringing so many people from various fields together meant that conversations in the room were not just limited to current research projects. Conversation topics ranged from knot theory to upcoming outreach events to the writing styles in underground cult novels.

If you missed out on this event, do not worry! The next IDTea will be hosted by the Department of Chemistry on March 13 from 2:00-4:00 pm in Burke 105. This event will undoubtedly be full of delicious food, good company, and interesting conversations as well. So take a well-deserved break at the end of the term and come spend time with your fellow grad students!

by Erin O’Malley

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