Role: The President serves as the spokesperson for the organization and presides at all meetings.
Ryan is a 2nd year graduate student in the Noid Lab studying coarse-grain theory of the state point dependence of complex condensed phase systems. Ryan is from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada and has a B.Sc. in chemistry from the University of Western Ontario. Ryan conducted undergraduate research in both computational and experimental groups, studying charged nanodroplets and the radiolytic corrosion of copper for the long-term storage of nuclear fuel, respectively.
Apart from chemistry, Ryan is a big sports fan and intensely follows the NBA and the world champion Toronto Raptors. Naturally as a Canadian, he is also a hockey fan who attends every Nittany Lion home game, and is constantly looking for ways to play hockey while here in State College. His favorite part about Penn State Chemistry is the non-competitive, collaborative environment that the department has, which makes going to work everyday easy and enjoyable.
Role: The Treasurer is in charge of handling all organizational finances.
Laura is a 3rd year graduate student in the Giri Lab studying the dicarbofunctionalization of unactivated alkenes. Laura is from Middletown, NJ and received a B.S. in Chemistry from Marist College. While at Marist, she worked with Dr. Jocelyn Nadeau synthesizing and studying the photophysical properties of solvatochromic compounds containing fluorene-quinoxaline donor-acceptor chromophores.
Outside of lab, Laura enjoys spending time with her friends, attending sporting events and concerts, as well as watching baking shows. Her favorite part about the Penn State Chemistry Department is the collaborative environment and the feeling of being a big family.
Role: The Secretary is responsible for maintaining a list of active membership, maintaining the Constitution, recording attendance and minutes at all meetings, and administering the listserv, Facebook page, and website.
Chairman of Professional Development
Auston is a 3rd year graduate student in the Schaak lab studying the synthesis and surface assembly of complex nanoparticles. He is from Salt Lake City, UT and received a B.S. in chemistry from Southern Utah University. Prior to coming to Penn State, Auston spent two years working in industry in the clinical toxicology department of ARUP Laboratories in Salt Lake City, UT.
Outside of lab he enjoys attending Penn State football games, playing on the chemistry intermural flag football team, rock climbing, and outreach events. The things he loves most about the PSU Chemistry Department is its interdisciplinary environment, dedication to continually improving, and having access to state-of-the-art instrumentation.
Role: The Chair of Professional Development Events is responsible for organizing and overseeing all events classified as professional development events.
Chairman of Community Outreach
Role: The External Liaison is responsible for acting as a liaison between the Chemistry Graduate Student Association and other Graduate Student Associations and groups at the University Park campus.