PGSA Meetings

  • Minutes from Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 [PDF]
  • Minutes from Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 [PDF]
  • Minutes from Thursday, February 4th, 2016 [PDF]
  • Minutes from Wedenesday, May 4th, 2016 [PDF]

Supplementary Documents

  • Advisor and Research Basics 2015-2016 [PDF]
  • Resources for Minorities 2015-2016 [PDF]
  • Safety Letter [PDF]

Our Commitment to Diversity:

We, the graduate students of the Physics Department at Case Western Reserve University, acknowledge the continued culture of discrimination globally within STEMM fields. To combat this within our department, we resolve to encourage our colleagues and ourselves to improve the social and professional engagement of the department. We charge ourselves with the responsibility of mindfully developing programs, activities, and policies that will appeal to our diverse community. It is our hope that by instituting these practices we will make our department a more inclusive and welcoming environment for all.

2015-16 Officers

Position Person Photo Bio
President & Goddess Empress of All Things Melody Maxson Melody Maxson A third year graduate student working for Dr. Kash's group, Melody studies the characteristics and growth processes of a class of semiconductors called the heterovalent ternary nitrides. She enjoys a varied exercise routine, painting, reading steampunk romance novels, and saying "hi" to every dog she meets. Her cat, Molly, is gracious enough to let her sleep in Molly's apartment, provided she continues to pay rent.
Vice President Churna Bhandari Churna Bhandari Churna is a 5th year graduate student working in Condensed matter Physics theory Electronic Structure Group with Prof. Walter Lambrecht. His primary research interest is on 2D materials and currently working on V2O5 using quasi-particle GW method and beyond. In addition, Churna also loves teaching physics classes for undergraduate. He likes playing outdoor games like tennis, volleyball, TT and badminton.
Secretary/Treasurer Tate Deskins Tate Deskins Tate is a 3rd year graduate student in the Particle-Astro Theory group working with Professor Andrew Tolley. Currently he is working on high resolution latice simulations of non-linear systesm (Galileon theories primarily). Tate also enjoys cooking, eating, ultimate (frisbee), reading (sci-fi and fantasy in particular), and playing the cello.
Faculty Liaison Rob Halliday Rob Halliday Rob Halliday hails from the the suburbs of Champagne, where he has lived all of his life. His interest in the sciences was kindled at an early age, when, like most every young child, he longed to become an astronaut. Although this specific dream has yet to come true, he is a master of Kerbel. Beyond Kerbal Rob likes many things, but his some of his more dedicated interests include the Manyworlds Interpretation, Italian spices, and Planking. He is also a huge fan of Thomas Pynchon, Eliezer Yudkowsky, and Tim Rogers. Rob is a third year graduate student working under Corbin Covault in the Auger Collaboration.
GCAS Rrpresentative Mike McMaster Mike McMaster Michael McMaster is a second year physics student working in on Organic Photostatics and NonLinear Optics under Dr. Ken Singer. He spends a majority of his free time reading comics, playing board games, and throwing discs. You can usually find him in the basement of the physics department listening to music too loudly.
First Year Representative Allen Foster Allen Foster Allen is a first year grad student coming with a physics degree from Penn State. Most recently Allen has worked in collaboration with the Pierre Auger Observatory and Astrophysical Multimessenger Observatory Network in hopes of finding sources of ultra-high energy cosmic rays. In his spare time he enjoys wondering what people do with spare time, and when he isn't doing that, he's most likely out running or playing for the CWRU club hockey team.