Front row: Mai-Anh Ha, Cyndi He, Prof. Miguel Garcia-Garibay, Crystal Valdez, Second row: Alexandra Mendoza, Geeta Vadehra
Third row: Robert Tobolowsky, David Watts, Brice Curtin, Tejas Shah, Fourth row: Ha Seong Kim, Nicholas Matsumoto, Ashay Patel, Tyler
Allred, Fifth row: Steven Lopez, Patrick Commins, Jason Fell, Not pictured: Junyong Kim, Jin Park, Emma Pelegri-O’Day, Nathan Gallup,
Anjan Nandula Photo credit: Luis Echegoyen
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ACS: How might CGSOs become more connected with other
CGSOs around the country?
UCLA CGSO: We are actively expanding our organization to
four other universities across the United States (UCSB, UMass,
Amherst, and Columbia University) Becoming involved in othe
graduate student organizations whose primary focus is on incre
ing diversity in the sciences is our current main goal. This allow
us to create a nationwide network of scientists dedicated to addressing the issue of underrepresentation of minorities in the sc
ences for all sectors of academia, industry, etc.
ACS: What advice do you have for other officers and preside
of CGSO’s, or who might be thinking about starting up a new
UCLA CGSO: Consider starting a seminar series. They are
relatively easy to put on as you can often find organizations that
are willing to sponsor the events in order to get advertising. Ad
ditionally, it is fairly easy to convince students of the importanc
of attending the talks because of the networking and profession
connections that they provide.
Another piece of advice would be to use the existing organ
Group website: www.chem.ucla.edu/ocdc
zations and groups at your respective universities. One of the re
sons that we have been able to be successful with our CGSO is that
we have drawn upon the existing resources that UCLA has.