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Physics Graduate Student Association (PGSA)

Who We Are

The Drexel Physics Graduate Student Association (PGSA) is a group of Physics Graduate Students at Drexel University. However, we are more than just a random gathering of students. We are a group of students seeking to learn about a variety of areas of physics, including those areas that would normally lie outside our own specialties. Moreover, we are about more than just physics, we discuss topics as varied as getting a job after graduation to how to write grants to just about anything.

What We Do

Each week (or every other week, depending on schedules) typically on Fridays, we gather in Disque Hall to listen to a talk about a subject of interest given by one of our members. People volunteer to give talks on things that they personally find interesting, with the agreement of the rest of the organization. Of course, a free lunch is provided, so there's no reason not to stop by! In the interest of full disclosure, in order to encourage people to give talks on a variety of subjects in a free-wheeling atmosphere, we do discourage faculty attendance at these meetings. Of course, we are usually willing to waive this rule, if the circumstances warrant it.

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Get Involved!

If you're interested in joining on the discussions or presenting a lecture, email us at pgsa-mail@einstein.physics.drexel.edu. You can also contact a member of our executive board below:

2016-2017 Leadership

Blake Antos

Blake Antos
President
Email: blake.christopher.antos@drexel.edu

Blake is a third year graduate student studying computational biophysics. He enjoys outdoor activities of all sorts and hopes to strengthen the PGSA community and to remind members that there is life outside Disque Hall.

Rebecca Phillipson

Rebecca Phillipson
VP Finance
Email: becka.phillipson@drexel.edu

Becka is a third year student specializing in astrophysics. Outside of the department she enjoys music, singing in various Philly choirs, craft beer, yoga, hiking and baseball.

Tyler Rehak

Tyler Rehak
VP Event Coordinator
Email: tyler.joseph.rehak@drexel.edu

Tyler is a third year PhD candidate specializing in particle physics and involved in prototyping work for the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) at Fermilab. He enjoys playing board games, video games, and squash and is a lifelong Cubs fan.

Erin Hansen

Erin Hansen
VP Diversity
Email: erin.v.hansen@drexel.edu

Erin is a post-master's student specializing in nuclear/particle physics - specifically nEXO (a next generation neutrinoless double beta decay experiment). Outside of research, she is also interested in STEM instruction, improving gender/racial/LGBTQ+ diversity in physics, and action-RPG video games.

Kelley Commeford

Kelley Commeford
Marketing Person
Email: kelley.anne.commeford@drexel.edu

Kelley is 4th year specializing in Physics Education Research. She enjoys LARPing and crafts!