Mission Statement

As a group of elected representatives of the graduate student body, we actively maintain & improve the overall well being of physics graduate students. To achieve this we organize professional workshops, social events, and mental health seminars as well as listening to and advocating for graduate student concerns.

Annual Goals

  1. Provide resources for students in their career progression. We will host monthly talks from alumni in different career paths/stages during the academic year. In the summer we will host workshops on graduate student progression (Candidacy, Dissertation, writing papers, conference preparation).
  2. Provide avenues to express and address concerns.  We will host semesterly meditation sessions and town halls. We will also connect students to the various graduate department committees.
  3. Provide opportunities for social interaction among graduate students. For social events we will host biweekly networking sessions with snacks, monthly movie nights, and semesterly graduating student celebrations. Over the summer, we will host a picnic and continue to host movie nights.

About Us

Donley Cormode

Donley Cormode is the first year representative on the PGSC. She is from Southern California and attended Seattle Pacific University for undergrad. She does condensed matter experiment research with Zeke Johnston-Halperin. In her spare time, Donley likes to bake, read, and daydream about travelling the world.


Nick Czapla

Nick Czapla is a second year graduate student working with Dr. Schumacher on the High Energy Density Physics Scarlet Laser Facility. He is currently working towards the development for high repetition rate contrast enhancement plasma mirror using liquid crystal technology for use with ultra-intense lasers. He completed his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and B.S. in Physics from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo before working as a stress analyst with General Atomics and Aerojet Rocketdyne. In his free time he enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking or playing tennis and soccer.

Prerna Kabtiyal

Prerna is a graduate student in the Physics department at Ohio State University(OSU), pursuing her PhD in experimental condensed matter physics. She obtained an undergraduate degree in Physics from Delhi University, India followed by a Master of Science in Physics from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. She joined OSU as a graduate student in 2015 and is currently studying plasmonic and magnetic interactions through optical trapping of nanoparticles. In her free time, she likes to go on long walks, watch inspirational movies and have long conversations with friends.

Andrew Piper

Andrew Piper is a fourth year graduate student working in the DiMauro-Agostini Ultrafast Research Group. His thesis project involves using attosecond bursts of light to probe the physics of photoionization of atomic targets in “Strong” electric fields generated by ultrafast infrared lasers. He joined PGSC to help create a more pragmatic and proactive group to represent the interests of physics graduate students at OSU. In his free time he enjoys spending time in the outdoors, reading, and painting miniatures.

Joseph Szabo

Joseph Szabo is a current 3rd year graduate student working in the Trivedi condensed matter theory group. Research interests consist of developing numerical approaches to studying emergent phases in quantum materials and quantum information applications. Outside of physics research, Joseph is interested in machine learning techniques and network theory

Daniel Tuthill

Daniel Tuthill is a graduate student in the Agostini-DiMauro Ultrafast Atomic Physics Research Group where he is working towards the experimental observation of charge migration. Daniel completed his B.A. in Physics and Applied Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley. In his free time, Daniel likes to run and partake in any winter sports, his favorite being snowboarding.

Huma Yusuf

Huma Yusuf is a graduate student working towards her PhD in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics in Professor Johnston-Halperin’s research group. Huma earned her B.A. in Physics and Music from Mount Holyoke College in 2015. Her hobbies include singing, composing music and painting.