Membership in the PBGSA includes all those students working toward M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in the Plant Biology Department. The organization provides the opportunity for graduate students to have a true and meaningful representation in the administration of the Department. The President of the organization and one additional officer attend all faculty meetings and have one vote on all matters considered by the faculty except as pertains to faculty personnel. The PBGSA also sends a representative to Recruitment Committee meetings. The faculty sends a representative to the meetings of the PBGSA for the purpose of fostering communications between the graduate students and faculty. It is hoped that these avenues of communication will aid in the progress of the Department for the mutual benefit of both the faculty and the graduate students.
The PBGSA also seeks to improve communications among the graduate students themselves. With this goal in mind the organization serves as a clearinghouse for suggestions and information on student activities in the Department and promotes social functions so that the graduate students can become better acquainted. A PBGSA bulletin board is maintained in the hallway outside the main office and students are encouraged to consult it frequently. The PBGSA is important both to the graduate students and to the faculty of the Department. Unanimous support is essential for the success of the organization; therefore, your participation is urged and your enthusiasm is necessary.
PBGSA Officers for 2018-2019 are:
President - Callie Oldfield
Vice President - Rachel Perez-Udell
Treasurer - Peter Pietrzyk
Secretary - Piotr Tuczapski
Peer Teaching Eval. - Mason McNair