This past summer, the CGSO teamed up with different breweries in Fort Collins to received specialized tours focusing on the chemistry involved in the production of beer. They also ended the tour with some sampling, for quality control purposes.


The Chemistry Graduate Student Organization strives to involve graduate students in a professional capacity in the Chemistry Department at Colorado State University. The objective is to give graduate students the chance to have a more collective voice in the department. This organization is a focal point for students to plan professional development and departmental activities, develop outreach opportunities within the department, and to be more actively involved in events and activities within the department.

Meetings are held on the first Friday of every month at 3:00 PM in the Chemistry Graduate Student Lounge. We invite all interested graduate students to attend and join our email list by contacting if you are interested in joining!

Erin Snyder

I am the President of the CGSO and a 4th year in Amy Prieto’s group where I work on understanding the surface chemistry of ternary semiconductor nanoparticles for photovoltaic applications. I enjoy rowing in beautiful places, trying new beers and wines, singing, playing trivia, and taking care of my turtle and my cat.

Rachelle Austin

I am the Vice President of the CGSO and a 4th year student joint with the Sambur and Krummel Groups. My research focuses on using ultrafast spectroscopy to study the charge carrier dynamics of semiconductor nanomaterials under photoelectrochemical conditions. In my free time I love to paddleboard, bake bread, and spend time with my 2 dogs and 2 cats!


Brandon Chang

My name is Brandon Chang and I’m the secretary of the CGSO. I am a second-year graduate student in the Paton group and I focus on quantum mechanical modeling of reaction mechanisms and selectivity. In my free time, I enjoy going to different breweries, bars and catching up on Netflix shows.

Jessica Gallawa

My name is Jessica Gallawa and I’m the treasurer of the CGSO and a second-year graduate student in the Prieto group. I study battery materials for next generation battery design using earth-abundant materials and fabrication methods. In my free time I enjoy reading, playing board games, hiking and stargazing.

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