Students Helping Students

Author: Kristen Senior
Annual GSO Symposium is organized for students by students

Last fall, students in the School of Chemical Engineering and industry representatives met at the 16th annual Graduate Student Organization (GSO) Symposium. The event, organized exclusively by graduate students, gives students the opportunity to present their research and network with industry professionals.

Nanette Boyle, a doctoral student in chemical engineering and former president of the GSO, believes the symposium is an important resource for students. “It gives our graduate students an opportunity to network with professionals in the field. Senior doctoral students are able to formally present their research to industry representatives, while the full breadth of research activities at Purdue is highlighted in a poster showcase.”

Chris Polster and Hari Nair have both presented posters in the past. But, as fourth year PhD students, they look forward to moving to the stage this August. “This year’s symposium will, hopefully, be very helpful to me because I know there are a few companies coming that I am interested in working for,” explains Polster.

Nair is leaning towards a career in academia, although that is not going to stop him from presenting. “I am still on the fence about what I want to do, but I wouldn’t miss this chance to discuss my research and get valuable feedback,” he says.

Boyle agrees. “Even though I may not pursue a career in industry, it is still helpful in improving networking and presentation skills. These skills can help any student at any level, regardless of one’s career path.”