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The Graduate Student-Faculty Liaison Committee (GSFLC) is a group of graduate student, post-doc, and faculty representatives committed to bridging the gap between students and faculty in the Chemistry Department at UW-Madison. The GSFLC hosts events like the annual Snout-Out, departmental colloquia, the spring poster session, the winter cookie bake-off, and summer social hours, which intend to bring these two groups together and offer opportunities to mingle within the Chemistry Department.

More than that, the GSFLC offers opportunities for professional development by awarding travel grants for those presenting their research at conferences and mentor awards to recognize the faculty and students who have helped us become mature researchers. The GSFLC also acts as a voice for change, periodically surveying grad students and postdocs regarding departmental climate and presenting issues and requests from students to faculty members. We continue to work with faculty and staff members to implement initiatives to positively impact our department climate and culture.

News & Announcements

  • May 14, 2018 - Meditation May Events at Chemistry

    Stress reduction, increased concentration and focus, boosted productivity, improved mental and physical health – all are potential benefits of practicing mindfulness meditation.  This May, the Wellness & Professional Development Committee is bringing weekly meditation opportunities to our building! The following meditation sessions are open to everyone, including those new to meditation:

    ·         Thurs 5/10               1:00-1:20pm                       Guided meditation in Room 7108

    ·         Wed 5/16                10:00-10:20am                  Guided meditation in Room 7108

    ·         Tues 5/22                12:15 – 1:00pm                  Mindfulness meditation workshop with Esty Dinur, Room 9341

    ·         Tues 5/29                2:00-2:20pm                       Guided meditation in Room 7108

  • May 14, 2018 - Summer social hours

    Welcome to the summer social hours! Feel free to join with other graduate students to enjoy food and drinks outside lab~ 

    Tentative dates are: May 25th, June 22nd, July 27th

     

  • May 14, 2018 - Yoga for Chemists

    Welcome to the Yoga for Chemists!

    A tentative schedule for the first half of summer is listed below. All classes will be at 6:30 pm in room 9341:

    May 21, June 11, June 25, July 9, July 23

  • April 02, 2018 - Climate Survey Colloquium

    Thank you to the graduate students and postdocs who provided their feedback in the 2017 Climate Survey of the Chemistry Department. Based on these results, we have identified key factors that positively or negatively impact the mental health and emotional well-being of our graduate students and postdocs.

    The GSFLC invites you to a discussion of these results on Friday, April 13th at 3:30 pm, room 1315. We will also present suggestions for improvement based on the survey findings and end with a Q&A session. Your attendance and participation is highly encouraged. 

  • April 02, 2018 - GSFLC Colloquium

    We would like to invite you to this year’s GSFLC Colloquium: Careers and Commitments.  The colloquium will take place this Friday, April 6th, at 3:30 pm in 1315.  This event will feature a panel discussion regarding work-life balance and career choices made in light of personal factors such as dual-career marriages or having children.  Panelists will include Silvia Cavagnero, Heike Hofstetter, and JR Schmidt.  We look forward to engaging conversation!