Current Events and Happenings:

Recurring CGSO Meeting: First Friday of the month at 3:00 PM in the Graduate Student Lounge (Chemistry B305A)

  • Upcoming Meetings
    • April 6th
    • May 4th

CGSO Seminar - Yang Shao-Horn

Date: TBD

Past Events:

Career Opportunities in Science Series

March 23 and May 18th, 2018

In 2018, the Department of Chemistry and Chemistry Graduate Student Organization came together to co-organize the “Career Opportunities in Science” series. The Career Opportunities in Science Series is focused to demonstrate how skills developed in graduate school lead to successful careers and mentor students to become more attractive candidates for said careers.

Our first workshop helped students prepare their resumé for industry and non-academic careers. Additionally, students learned the difference between a resumé and CV, soft skills they already possess, how to properly search for openings with different job engines, how to properly market their skills, and tapping into existing networks.

Our next workshops hosted a panel of chemistry Ph.D. graduates from non-academic careers, discussing their career pathway and answering any questions. Additionally, we had interactive stations focusing on résumé writing, the hiring process, and transitioning from academia to different careers.

We would like to thank the Department of Chemistry and Graduate School for their support. We would like to thank our panelists and invited guests for this event:

Judy Brobst (CSU Career Services)

Sylvia Robinson (Tolmar, Inc.)

Jennifer Hunt (Tolmar, Inc.)

Adelle Thompson (Department of Chemistry)

Meg Fasulo (Bartlitt, Beck, Herman, Palenchar & Scott, LLP)

Bryon Larson (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

Kara Manke (Duke University)

Lance Ashbrook (Tolmar, Inc.)

Rachel Feeny (Revelant Nanofluidity Technology)

Jaclyn Adkins (Pronghorn Technologies)

Career Opportunities in Science: Marketing Your Skills

CGSO Outreach with Boy Scouts of America.

The CGSO is committed to outreach within and beyond CSU. For the past few years, we have teamed with the local chapter of Boy Scouts of America to help with their annual Merit Badge University. Graduate students lead the sessions through experiments and discussion, highlighting how chemistry affects our day to day life.


Financial Advice for Chemistry Graduate Students with financial specialist Brad Sparks from Wealth Strategies Group

November 7th, 2017 and February 22, 2018

Brad Sparks, a CSU Alumnus with a master’s in geophysics, who’s background and interests include finances, science, and teaching, has allowed him to be analytical, objective, and an educational resource in financial matters. He has combined his prior experiences and passions to bring financial guidance to those in the engineering, research, and scientific communities.

This two part series detailed how students could start building a financial foundation through 4 easy steps.

CGSO Movie Night

December 8th, 2017

‘Tis the seasons! What better way to celebrate the end of the semester than to watch holiday movies on the big screen (in a lecture hall)? Chemistry graduate students came together to get ready for the holiday season, and enjoyed watching the Christmas classic Elf!

1st Annual CGSO Seminar Speaker: Jeff Long

September 8th, 2017

The Chemistry Graduate Student Organization invited Prof. Jeff Long (UC-Berkeley) as our inaugural CGSO Seminar Speaker. This student-led event gave students the opportunity to discuss their research from one of the top innovators in materials chemistry. The event was the most attended seminar for the 2017-2018 academic year! The reception was held on the 4th floor of Chemistry Research Building, a new favorite location for department events. It was a smashing success, largely thanks to the Chemistry office personnel!

NEW Chemistry Building now open!

October 12th, 2017

The Department of Chemistry unveiled the new facility to the CSU community during Homecoming 2017. Tours showcased the mechanically robust (now LEED Gold certified) building. We appreciate all our tour guides/volunteers who helped make this event possible.

4th Annual Department of Chemistry Picnic

August 11, 2017

This family-friendly event kicked off the fall semester as well as serve as a welcome to our incoming graduate students and faculty members, Jeffrey Bandar, Garret Miyake, and Joseph Zadrozny. CGSO officers helped provide entertainment and beverages.

  • A huge thanks to Adelle Thompson for organizing the event!

March for Science

April 22, 2017

Supporting chemistry graduate students attended March for Science April 22, 2017 to show support for evidence-based and fair scientific research and policies.

“Mission Statement:

The March for Science champions publicly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest.


Scientists have voiced concern over many issues – gag orders for government science agencies, funding freezes and reversing science based policies. We recognize that these changes will differently and disproportionately affect minority scientists, science advocates and the global communities impacted by these changes in American policies. Addressing these issues is imperative in understanding how recent developments will affect all people.

We must work to make science available to everyone and encouraging individuals of all backgrounds to pursue science careers. A diverse group of scientists produces increasingly diverse research, which broadens, strengthens and enriches scientific inquiry, and therefore, our understanding of the world.”

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