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

Lauren Keyes

Lauren Keyes is a third-year graduate student working in Mohit Randeria’s theoretical condensed matter group. Before coming to OSU, she earned her B.S. in Physics in Southern California, then worked full-time as a physics and math tutor. Lauren’s hobbies include making art, running, and volunteering at a local cat shelter.

Emily Koivu

Emily Koivu is a second-year graduate student working with Dr. Hirata in CCAPP. She went to undergrad at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching TikToks, and engaging in performing arts. 

Joey Liu

Qiaoyi Liu is a fifth-year graduate student in the Agostini-DiMauro Ultrafast Atomic Physics Research Group. Originally from Beijing, China, he obtained his bachelor’s degrees in Engineering Physics and Mathematics from Case Western Reserve University. In his free time, Qiaoyi likes to collect vinyl records, CDs, and Funko Pops.

Charlie Mace

Charlie Mace is a second-year graduate student. He went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for his undergraduate degree, and is from Charlotte, North Carolina. He works with Dr. Annika Peter, studying what gravitational lensing can tell us about dark matter structure. In his free time he likes baking and playing D&D.

Rob Claassen

Rob Claassen is a second-year graduate student from southeast Texas and is working in the Johnston-Halperin experimental condensed matter group. Before coming to OSU, he earned his BS in Physics at the University of Texas at Austin. In his free time, he enjoys taking long walks and reading. Rob also is a fierce advocate that blue cheese is the best accompaniment for wings and that public transportation is the best transportation.

Poulomi Chakraborty

Poulomi Chakraborty is a first-year graduate student from West Bengal, India, who is currently working in Prof. Brian Skinner’s group on theoretical condensed matter physics. She got her Master of Science (Research) from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. As an extrovert, she loves to make friends and interact with people. In her free time, she enjoys reading books, watching movies, cooking, and board games.