Hosted Events

ChEGSA hosts a variety of events throughout the year, with typically one major event each month. Each event is announced via email to department graduate students. We also maintain an online calendar. Subscribe to it with your favorite calendar software (xml, icalhtml) and don’t miss any events!

Listed below are some popular events from previous years. If you have any suggestions regarding ChEGSA events, please contact the social chairs.

Weekly Happy Hours

Every Friday at 4:30 pm, ChEGSA hosts a happy hour in the grad-student lounge. This is a great time to relax, socialize, and enjoy refreshments courtesy of ChEGSA.

Superbowl Party

For the past few years, ChEGSA has been gathering to watch the Superbowl together. Perhaps during your time at CMU, the Steelers will win yet another title!

Chili Cook-off

Occasionally we like to spice up Happy Hour with a special event. This has historically meant a chili cook-off in the spring.

Professional Development Seminar

During the spring of 2012, we launched a professional development seminar aimed at helping PhD students understand the process of applying and interviewing for industrial positions. The inaugural event included resume feedback, presentations from guests, and an industrial panel of CMU alumni. We hope to put on this seminar every one or two years.

Spring Party

Sometime after the semester ends, we organize an end-of-the-year celebration. Typically, the spring party grill-out is hosted at a professor’s home.

Mock Quals

Let’s face it: preparing for the PhD qualifying exam is no light task. To help prepare first-year students, ChEGSA hosts a Mock Qualifier event. First-year students give practice Quals talks to a panel of upper-year students. Tradition dictates that in exchange for feedback, the first-year students provide light snacks.

International Potluck

For this special happy hour, grad students are encouraged to bring an international dish to share.

Symposium

For the past 30+ years, the graduate students in our department have been hosting an annual research symposium. This two-day event features presentations from upper-year students and a poster session, both of which are judged by professors and industrial guests, as well as a keynote address. This event is a great place to receive feedback on presentation skills, learn about research across the department, and network with industry researchers.

Holiday Party

To celebrate the holiday season and the end of fall semester, ChEGSA puts on yet another party. The Holiday Party has historically been hosted by a professor and features airing of grievances.