About Us

The Physics Graduate Student Council is the representative body for graduate students in the physics department at Ohio State University. The mission of the PGSC is to facilitate communication between the department and the graduate students on all matters of mutual concern and interest.

The PGSC holds semesterly open meetings, which all physics graduate students are encouraged to attend, to discuss problems relevant to both graduate students and the department at large. Additional committee meetings are held as needed. It is the council’s chief goal to hear about and address all graduate student concerns, and to work to improve the department as a whole. All graduate students are encouraged to seek the advice and counsel of any representative on issues related to the university, the department, and the community.

The PGSC involves itself with several activities outside the semesterly meetings. We participate in the fall orientation sessions for incoming students, as well as organize the mentor program. We host two picnics each year where the graduate students can enjoy being outside Smith Lab, eat, and play games. The PGSC also holds the elections for the graduate student representatives to all department committees. We are also involved with several small tasks, like keeping the stacks area nice, organizing receptions for graduating students, announcing thesis defenses and arranging colloquium lunch opportunities.

Each of the seven graduate students on this committee serves a one-year term. The current members are:

Donley Cormode
Nick Czapla
Prerna Kabtiyal
Andrew Piper
Joe Szabo
Daniel Tuthill
Huma Yusuf