Apply for PCSA
Why should you get involved with ACerS PCSA?
Being a PCSA delegate provides a unique opportunity to represent your university in the ceramic and glass community and is a valuable way to network for your future career. Furthermore, the PCSA is an important opportunity for you to help reach and serve the next generation of ceramic and glass materials professionals, while promoting awareness of ceramic and glass science and engineering to the general public. The PCSA delegates also benefit from various leadership and professional development opportunities.
Specifics about PCSA Delegates:
- The PCSA is the student leadership development program for The American Ceramic Society (ACerS). PCSA delegates represent their universities as student leaders in the ACerS ceramic and glass community.
- Both undergraduate and graduate students are welcome.
- The PCSA is active year-round.
- PCSA delegates meet to coordinate efforts at the annual business meeting held the weekend prior to the MS&T conference.
- Students are required to be a member of Material Advantage or ACerS Global Graduate Researcher Network (GGRN), depending on if an undergraduate or graduate student:
What does it take to be a PCSA Delegate?
- A strong interest in ceramics
- Leadership qualities
- Reliability and strong drive
Being a delegate to the PCSA provides:
- A unique opportunity to represent your university in the ceramic and glass community
- A valuable way to help you make the contacts needed for future jobs
- A great resume builder
- An important opportunity to help reach and serve the next generation of ceramic and glass materials professionals
- A means to promote awareness of ceramic and glass science and engineering to the general public, particularly among pre-college students
- A way to build and promote engagement in the ceramic and glass community through online communities and participation in ACerS
- Leadership and professional development opportunities
Application Process for a PCSA Delegate
Applications are required in order to become a PCSA delegate. Material Advantage and Keramos faculty advisors as well as any additional ceramic and glass faculty are contacted and are asked to recruit 1 – 2 undergraduate or graduate students to apply for the following year’s PCSA delegation.
Selected delegates are required to attend the annual PCSA meeting, the weekend prior to MS&T each year. The 2017 PCSA annual meeting will be held from Friday, October 6, through Sunday, October 8, 2017, in Pittsburgh, Pa, USA. The annual meeting gives students an opportunity to network with an international community of industry professionals and fellow students, and also to become more involved in the ACerS community.
PCSA IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS NOW FOR THE 2017-18 YEAR.
If being a delegate interests you, PCSA encourages you to work with your advisor and any ceramics and/or glass faculty.
All applicants must complete an online application form.
In addition to the online application form, applicants must submit the additional application information below to email@example.com.
For first-time applicants:
Submit the following three documents separately:
- Resume that clearly identifies your year in school and includes any leadership, research and employment experience, as well as current contact information
- Brief letter of support from a faculty member
- One-page personal statement that:
- addresses your reasons for wanting to attend the annual meeting and why participation in PCSA would be valuable to you and your local university or department
- describes your interest in ceramics
- describes your academic or career plans for the near future (within 10 years)
For returning delegates:
Submit a one-page personal statement addressing the following:
- What committee you were part of last year and what you did on the committee;
- How PCSA has benefited you and your future plans, and;
- Your academic or career plans for the near future (within 10 years).
ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS MUST BE SUBMITTED NO LATER THAN APRIL 15, 2017.
If you have any questions about applying for the PCSA, contact Jennifer Watkins, 2016-17 PCSA Recruitment Committee Chair.