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Physics Graduate Student Association (PGSA)

Who We Are

The Drexel Physics Graduate Student Association (PGSA) is an academic and social group of physics graduate students at Drexel University.

As a group, PGSA invites discussions on a variety physics disciplines, even (and most especially) including those areas that would normally lie outside our own specialties. Moreover, we discuss topics as varied as getting a job after graduation, how to write grants and many other useful topics.

What We Do

Every other week, schedules permitting, we gather in Disque Hall for a lunch talk by one of our members on a subject of interest. These talks take a wide variety of forms, including introductions to personal hobbies, invited talks from Drexel organizations, and practice talks for conferences. Of course, a free lunch is provided, so there’s no reason not to stop by!

Once a year, PGSA heads off into the woods for a retreat to kick off the school year in style! We come together to celebrate students finishing their written qualifying exams and to welcome the incoming class. It is a great place to engage with your fellow students, and spend some time away from research and teaching obligations!

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Get Involved!

If you're interested in joining on the discussions or presenting a lecture, email us at You can also contact a member of our executive board below:


2016-2017 Leadership

Mark Davis

President: Mark Davis

  • Field of Study: BioPhysics
  • Research Summary: The group uses spectrascopy, and laser microscopy techniques to study the development of Hb in Sickle Cell Disease patients. I personally turn caffeine and patience into error bars.
  • Fun things I do besides physics: Basketball, boxing, competitive Magic: the Gathering

Jackie Moreno

Vice President: Jackie Moreno

  • Field of study: Astrophysics
  • Research summary: I study Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) in the time domain.  I use time series statistics to characterize changes in AGNs' flux over time.   This is a powerful way to probe the physics of accretion disks in distant galaxies which are not resolvable by imaging.  I use ground based survey data like Sloan and Kepler/K2 satellite.
  • Fun stuff you like to do besides physics: I like cooking with friends, anything active or outdoorsy and trying out new things.

Treasurer: Joe Glaser

Outreach Director: Virginia Price

Kelley Commeford

Webmaster: Kelley Commeford

  • Field of Study: Physics Education Research
  • Research Summary: Using network analysis to distinguish between different methods of active learning.
  • Fun things I do besides physics: LARP, cosplay, Ginger Sunshine Labs, board games, karaoke, makeup junkie

Erin Hansen

Diversity & Inclusion Officer: Erin Hansen

  • Field of Study: Particle Physics, Neutrinos
  • Research Summary: Researching tools to understand Liquid Xenon detectors. Specifically, growing solid xenon to understand microscopic properties of LXe (DAIS-Xe) and building a purity monitor for evaluating detector materials (nEXO).
  • Fun things I do besides physics: Video games! And happy hour.

Athletics Chair: Rob Stone