RAPID CITY, S.D. (Aug. 29, 2013) - The Graduate Student Society (GSS) held its inaugural Kickoff Tour for 30 incoming and current graduate students on Saturday, Aug. 24.
"The main purpose of this tour is to get the incoming students to interact with the current graduate students and learn more about their experience in SDSM&T grad school, show them the beauty of the Black Hills . . . and get them habituated with common places in Rapid City like grocery stores, downtown, etc.," said Vinod Singh Amar, president of the Society and a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemistry & Biological Engineering.
Amar noted it's often difficult for graduate students to attend social events because of their coursework and research obligations. He attributed the event's success to GSS's understanding of the students' common interests and concerns and the support of the Student Association and Office of Graduate Education.
Due to the positive student response, GSS plans to organize a tour every semester following graduate orientation, with the hope of fostering a greater sense of community among graduate students while attracting more prospective students to the School of Mines.
And that's just one offering in a busy year ahead. With a majority of graduate students involved in diverse fields of research at the university's state-of-the-art facilities, the Society is organizing an in-depth safety workshop series to be held this fall.
GSS is also planning a Graduate Research Expo and is planning a virtual open house for prospective students.
But his first priority remains recruitment. "We are constantly looking for more graduate students to join us and support us as we move forward."
The Graduate Student Society serves as a liaison to university administration and a platform for current and prospective students of all disciplines to bond through common issues and provide updates on recent policies
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