Officers and Committees
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President. The president leads GSO meetings, schedules meeting times for each semester and checks in with officers and committee members to report on meetings they attended. The president also attends PLB faculty meetings and reports on what is discussed at the GSO meetings, and sends occasional emails to graduate students asking for input from faculty.
Joelyn de Lima
Treasurer. Manages money for all GSO activities.
Secretary. Responsibilities include recording attendance and taking brief notes on topics discussed at GSO meetings. Minutes are typed up and e-mailed to all the of the PLB grad students (and are posted on the GSO website).
Social Committee. Organizes the annual PLB Chili Cook-off and other plant biology graduate student events. Previous events have included: bar crawls, tailgates, wildflower walks, and gatherings at local bars and parks.
Student Advisory Committee (SAC). The College of Natural Sciences Student Advisory Council (SAC) is an organization whose purpose is to advise the Dean on issues concerning undergraduate and graduate students within the college and to promote the interests of these students. This position entails going to one meeting a month (Wednesday evenings) with the heads of the College of Natural Sciences and a grad representative from each science department, where you discuss new changes to the sciences at MSU and other information for you to pass on to your department.
Council on Diversity & Community (CDC). The College of Natural Science Council on Diversity and Community (CDC) is charged with advising CNS on issues relevant to creating a supportive and diverse community. CDC activities include identifying tools and resources for handling work-life balance and creating environments where diversity in background and lifestyle are believed to be an asset in advancing the success of the college. The Council meets once monthly and is an excellent opportunity for individuals to help shape the community they work in and that of the university.
Graduate Employee Union (GEU). The Graduate Employee Union (GEU) gives graduate students the support to work to the best of their abilities, holds the university accountable for its actions, and ensures that graduate employees will be treated like professionals. Responsibilities of the position are to be there if anyone has a grievance about work and feel that the university is not fulfilling our union contract. There are weekly meeting with the GEU but you are not expected to attend every one. This position is best for a graduate student who has TAed before.
Joelyn de Lima
Council of Graduate Studies (COGS). The Council of Graduate Students (COGS) is the authorized student government for all graduate/professional students at Michigan State University. The full council meets once a month to discuss issues related graduate/professional students. COGS organizes campus wide events for graduate/professional students and also funds student events and research. Meetings are on the first or second Wednesday of each month from 6:30-8:30pm.
Department Advisory Council (DAC). The Department Advisory Council (DAC) member attends meetings once a month to discuss departmental happenings and provide feedback to the chair. The DAC member brings grad student concerns to the DAC and also reports to the GSO on DAC meetings.
Graduate Committee. Reviews applications to the PLB grad program and helps determine who gets admitted. Meets 1-3 times a year to decide on offers. From December-February this position involves reading a lot of applications (on D2L). This committee member also discusses changes made to the Graduate Student Handbook.
Curriculum Commitee. Meets once a year to review the undergraduate course offerings and majors available for students in PLB. Committee makes efforts to think about outcomes -- that is, what is important for a PLB graduate to know and be able to do by the time they graduate, and think about new areas to develop courses/majors.
Seminar Committee. Organizes the student nominations and votes for the student invited speaker for Monday seminars in PLB. Also organizes the graduate student and postdoc lunch with the speakers. Meets twice a year with the committee.
T-shirt coordinator. PLB designs and prints t-shirts for the department once every year. This committee member organizes design submissions, votes for the favored design, orders for shirts, and coordinates with the t-shirt supplier.
Webmaster. Maintains the PLB GSO webpage.
Student Lecture Series Coordinator. Organizes the schedule and programming for the Student Lecture Series. Badgers students into presenting, and then sends out the emails to the PLB graduate students. Also buys snacks and refreshments that we provide, gratis.
Matt Kolp. Keeps the grad lounge soda stocked (soda can be purchased for $0.50/can) and buys the snacks for our monthly GSO meeting (courtesy of COGS).
Grad Lounge Soda & GSO Meeting Snacks
KBS Liasons to the PLB GSO. Graduate students stationed at the Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) who set up streaming of GSO meetings by Skype and relay suggestions and updates from Plant Biology students at KBS.
Last Updated: 10/23/2016