Hosted Events

ChEGSA hosts a variety of events throughout the year, with typically one major event each month.

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.

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.


For over 40 years, the graduate students in our department have hosted 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. The event also includes corporate sponsored keynote addresses from prominent engineers in the field. 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.