AGCCS (Associate Graduate Council for the College of Science)
The AGCCS is a branch of student governance that represents Arizona graduate students who study in the College of Science. Graduate students in the sciences fill many essential roles in the university's research and teaching missions. The AGCCS exists to address their academic, professional, and intellectual concerns in the college and the university.
Recent and Ongoing Projects:
Best Practices for Teaching Assistantships
In the Spring Semester of 2013, the AGCCS surveyed current and recent Graduate Teaching Assistants in the College of Science. In response to our findings, we developed a series of recommendations, addressed to academic departments in the College, for what we believe are best practices for Graduate Teaching Assistantships. Our survey and recommendations are available here.
We are also working with the Office of Instruction and Assessment to develop a training program for new Graduate Teaching Assistants. The goal is to equip new Teaching Assistants with the instructional skills needed in the College of Science. The training for Fall 2013 will be a one-day event, tentatively scheduled for the week of August 19.
ScienceGrads Connect Newsletter
The AGCCS produces the quarterly email newsletter ScienceGrads Connect to help inform and involve graduate students with science outreach happening at all levels across the University of Arizona. Graduate students interested in science outreach of all kinds can learn how to leverage UA Science to create and promote their own outreach programs, benefiting their research and the Tucson community.
Women In STEM
The AGCCS is organizing a Tucson-wide Women In STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) group, both to bring together existing Women In STEM groups (whether on- or off-campus), as well as to support individuals in communities lacking such groups. This will allow us to share resources and networking opportunities, and to make a united effort to improve the retention of women in STEM fields in Tucson. Graduate students, undergraduates, postdoctoral scholars, faculty, staff, professionals and community members both male and female are invited to participate.
The Women In STEM group is being organized by Kate Follette.
Grad Life Seminar Series
In association with the Dean's office, we are planning a seminar series for Fall 2014 that speaks to aspects of graduate student life beyond the usual scope of classes and research. The Grad Life Seminar Series is being planned by Javier Castillo-Montoya.
Meeting biweekly during fall and spring semesters, the Science Salon is an informal gathering for graduate students across the College of Science. We meet at a local pub and and participate in a guided discussion on a topic of the evening. Appetizers are generously provided by the Dean's Office.
For more information, please subscribe to the Science Salon listserv, firstname.lastname@example.org.
College of Science Awards
Every spring, the AGCCS and College of Science hold a reception and awards ceremony to honor graduate student excellence in scholarship, service and teaching/mentoring. Please contact your department representative below to make nominations. The reception for the 2014 College of Science Awards will be held in the Student Union Memorial Center on April 17, 2014.
Officers and Representatives:
Contact your representatives below about issues salient to graduate life in the College of Science.
|Outreach Coordinator||Kendra Murray|
|Web Officer||Andy Predoehl|
|Department of Astronomy||Kate Follette|
|Department of Atmospheric Sciences/IAP||Aishwarya Raman|
|Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry||Javier Castillo-Montoya|
|Department of Computer Science||Dan DeBlasio|
|Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology||Andy Gloss|
|Department of Geosciences||Kendra Murray|
|Department of Hydrology and Water Resources||Bobby Chrisman|
|Department of Mathematics||Megan McCormick|
|Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology||Tracey Beyer|
|Department of Physics||Adarsh Pyarelal|
|Department of Psychology||Brooke Reid|
|Department of Planetary Sciences/LPL||Donna Viola|
|Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences||Natalie Dailey|
|Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research||Chris Guiterman|
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