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The ECE graduate organization (ECE GO) is an important part of the Ph.D. student experience

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Students socialize during the ECE GO coffee hour on Thursday, February 6.

An essential element of graduate work is social interaction outside of research and academic pursuits. To ensure this element is in place and to foster a sense of community, between not only the students, but also the faculty and staff resurrecting the ECE graduate organization (ECE GO) has been an active goal for co-chairs Amandy Nwana and Suren Jayasuriya.

“Our hope is that this will not only help each of us grow professionally, but also help us become well-rounded individuals by interacting with our diverse student, faculty, and staff base,” said Amandy.

Over 45 graduate students attended the first ECE GO coffee hour of the semester, held on Thursday, February 6. Those attending ranged from first-year to sixth-year Ph.D. students in diverse fields such as photonics, computer engineering, circuits, and device physics.

Since it was formed in Spring 2010, ECE GO has become a vital piece of the ECE graduate student experience. ECE GO is expecting to hold bi-weekly coffee hours with faculty, staff, and students and is planning picnics, happy hours, ice cream socials, and winter snowboarding and skiing.

They will also informally invite faculty members to tell their life stories during “Get to Know a Professor” coffee hours to learn why they became academics and gain professional advice and soft skills to help them be successful in a post-graduate career.

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