New GSC Academic Chair, Chris Carroll
The Graduate Forum and the Graduate Student Council (GSC) welcome Chris Carroll as the GSC academic chair for the upcoming year! Carroll was interviewed in the Forum a year ago as an incoming student. He is currently finishing up his first year as a graduate student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Though much of his year was spent focused on coursework, Carroll managed to continue work on an undergraduate research project involving observation strategies with the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, commonly referred to as the LSST. Additionally, Carroll served as a department representative for physics and astronomy on the GSC. While his research and involvement in the graduate community did not leave much free time, Carroll was still able to discover a few promising hiking and biking trails that he is excited to explore this summer!
As the new academic chair, Carroll has a few goals for this upcoming year, including providing more opportunities for academic-based social events focused on bringing graduate students out of their offices/labs and into the community. According to Carroll, “It would be awesome to work with the Office of Academic Outreach and put more graduate students in local schools.” Through this initiative, Carroll hopes to bring a wide variety of graduate research to local secondary school students, their teachers, parents, and the community as a whole. At the same time, the initiative would establish a mutually beneficial relationship for the graduate student participants, who will practice describing their research to those unfamiliar with their field.
When asked what he is most excited about regarding his new position, Carroll says that he is looking forward to being more involved with the graduate community. He plans to lead by example by proactively engaging with graduate students in different fields as a way to create better working relationships between departments.
If you have any ideas for academic programming, feel free to contact Carroll!
by Mackenzie Jones