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RGSA Update - March 2014

RSENR undergraduates meet with graduate students Robin Orr and Sarah Ford (far right) at Summer Research Internship Recruitment Event.
RSENR undergraduates meet with graduate students Robin Orr and Sarah Ford (far right) at Summer Research Internship Recruitment Event.

Spring is fast approaching and themes of renewal and change permeate the Rubenstein School. As we select a new Dean, explore new proposed graduate degree programs, and consider revisions to the graduate curriculum, the Rubenstein Graduate Student Association (RGSA) is busy representing the interests of graduate students and engaging in the future of our school.

Rubenstein Dean Search
During the first two weeks of February, 12-15 graduate students met with each of the four Dean candidate finalists in open forums. Each session provided candidates and graduate students with an opportunity to discuss important issues related to graduate education, including the future of RSENR’s graduate program, research funding, graduate-level courses, and career development strategies. Many thanks to Christopher Clement for representing graduate students on the Dean Search Committee and facilitating these meetings.

Packed classroom at Summer Research Internship Recruitment EventUndergraduate Summer Research Internship Recruitment Event
At the Rubenstein School, summer is a time for research fieldwork and experiential learning. In the run up to the summer field season, graduate students search for qualified research assistants, while undergraduates seek out research internships. Recognizing this excellent opportunity to bring together our undergraduate and graduate students, RGSA decided to play matchmaker and hold the first annual Research Internship Recruitment Event.

On February 18th, a packed room of undergraduates learned about ten exciting opportunities to participate in graduate research projects investigating diverse ecosystems, including Mount Mansfield, Lake Champlain, Vermont blueberry farms, and the Alaskan tundra. Many thanks to those graduate students sponsoring internships and Career Counselor & Internship Coordinator Anna Smiles-Becker for assisting with the event.

RSENR Graduate Student Holiday PartyBuilding Community: RGSA Holiday Party and Com-PIE-tition
Over thirty graduate students and guests celebrated the holiday season and impending New Year on December 12th, 2013 at North End Studios in Burlington. All enjoyed homemade desserts and snacks, festive games, and holiday tunes expertly curated by RGSA member and WRUV DJ Tyler Goeschel.

Last, but not least, Graduate students and the greater Rubenstein community can look forward to the annual RGSA Com-PIE-tition scheduled for Monday, April 7th at 11:30 am in Aiken 103. As in years past, this year’s competition is sure to feature an array of decadent sweet and savory creations. Stay tuned for more info!

Rubenstein graduate students: RGSA is your organization! Executive Committee meetings are open to all members, and our e-mail inbox is always open. Send your thoughts, ideas, and opinions along to