Peers elect 2022-23 COES Graduate Student Council

May 5, 2022 | Engineering and Science, General News, Students

Louisiana Tech University College of Engineering and Science (COES) graduate students elected their Graduate Student Council for the 2022-23 academic year.

The COES Graduate Student Council represents graduate students, planning social events and meeting with College leadership to address and suggest solutions to issues that affect graduate students throughout the College.

The newly elected Council President Rifat-E-Nur Hossain (doctoral Engineering student with a concentration in Micro and Nanoscale Systems), Vice President Md Shafayet Alam (doctoral Engineering student with a concentration in Micro and Nanoscale Systems), General Secretary Sai Deepthi Chappidi (doctoral Engineering student with a concentration inMolecular Science and Nanotechnology), Treasurer Xiaoyang Gao (doctoral Engineering student with a concentration in Micro and Nanoscale Systems), and Public Relations Officer Diego Segura Ibarra (doctoral Computational Analysis and Modeling student) already have big plans for the remainder of their term.

In addition to multiple general body meetings that are open to all graduate students in the College, the council will organize a number of seminars, talks, and social events, beginning this spring, when it will host its first seminar on research proposal writing.

The seminar is aimed at helping students prepare for their Research Methods classes which are required for students in thesis and dissertation tracks. Monthly seminars will resume in the fall.

Future seminars will be focused on helping students write their theses and dissertations, improve their presentation skills, and learn about COES faculty research. The seminars will include presentations by industry professionals, graduate students, and Louisiana Tech professors, and will include hands-on workshops.

“The goal of this council is to help all graduate students within the College of Engineering and Science learn more about the skills they will need to complete their degrees and have successful careers and about the research opportunities throughout the College,” Hossain said. “I hope that these seminars answer questions students have about academics, career planning, and preparing for job interviews. We are even looking into seminars that will help students who plan to work in academia after graduation.”

In addition to the seminars, the 2022-23 council will continue several events that were started by previous graduate councils, including the annual Research Symposium, which will be held again next winter. The council will also continue to host socials for graduate students to meet and network with one another.

At the first general body meeting in mid-April, the newly elected officers introduced themselves and shared their plans and upcoming events with attendees. They also shared ways that the students can get involved and stay connected with the council and how they can share their opinions, proposals, and concerns with the group.

The Louisiana Tech College of Engineering and Science offers graduate students a variety of degree options, including doctoral degrees in Biomedical Engineering, Computational Analysis and Modeling, Engineering, and Molecular Science and Nanotechnology, and master’s degrees in Applied Physics, Computer Science, Engineering, Engineering and Technology Management, Mathematics, and Molecular Science and Nanotechnology.

Graduate students within the College of Engineering and Science participate in research-heavy curricula, often earning fellowships, grants, and awards, as well as graduating with a portfolio of peer-reviewed publications. Learn more about Louisiana Tech COES graduate opportunities.