ACerS President's Council of Student Advisors (PCSA) is the student-led committee of ACerS responsible for representing student interests to ACerS and its subsidiary committees, divisions, sections, and classes. The PCSA is the primary face of ACerS to ceramics and materials science students. The role of the PCSA delegate is to represent their collegiate institution to PCSA, as well as representing the PCSA and ACerS to their academic department.
Interested in applying to be a part of the PCSA?
Learn more about the application process and what it takes to be a PCSA delegate at the link below.
The mission of PCSA is to engage students as active and long-term leaders in the ceramics community and to increase participation in ACerS at the local, national, and international levels.
- To coordinate student-focused ceramic programming at technical meetings.
- To develop and implement ceramics-focused outreach activities.
- To facilitate industry-student relations.
- To promote ceramic science and engineering at the university and local levels.
- To provide a way for students and young professionals to become and remain
actively engaged as leaders in the ceramic materials community.
- Creativity Competition
- Lab Blooper Competition - NEW!
- Humanitarian Pitch Competition
- Mentor Program
- Shot Glass Competition at ICACC
- Student and Industry Failure Trials (SIFT) Competition at ICACC
ACerS PCSA Day in the Life (DITL) video compilation
Delegates from the ACerS President’s Council of Student Advisors (PCSA) worked to put together Day in the Life (DITL) videos to give some insight into the life of students in higher education. The video shown above is a compilation of the 10+ DITL videos created by the PCSA. To view the individual videos, go to www.instagram.com/acerspcsa and check out their stories.
Organize official PCSA sponsored programs: contests and activities
Increase the visibility of ceramic and glass materials science
PCSA delegate recruitment
Organize ways to communicate the concepts of ceramic and glass to K-12 and the general public
Connect and collaborate with materials science related organizations, both domestic and international
2020-21 PCSA Officers
Michael Walden, Colorado School of Mines
Programming Committee Chair
Carli Marsico, University of Washington
Communications Committee Chair
Tess Marconie, Purdue University
Recruitment Committee Chair
Jesse Hinricher, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Outreach Committee Chair
Spencer Dahl, University of California, Davis
External Partnerships Committee Chair
Kimberly Gliebe, Case Western Reserve University
Victoria Blair, US Army Research Laboratory
Meet the 2020-21 PCSA
The 2020-21 class of PCSA delegates consists of 43 students from 26 universities, representing 4 countries.
Left: A portion of the 2020-2021 class of delegates attending the virtual PCSA Annual Business Meeting.
2020-2021 PCSA delegates represent the following universities:
Boise State University
Case Western Reserve University
Colorado School of Mines
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Texas A&M University
The Ohio State University
The Pennsylvania State University
The University of Warwick (United Kingdom)
University of Birmingham (United Kingdom)
University of California, Davis
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Central Florida
University of Cologne (Germany)
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
University of Michigan
University of North Texas
University of Padua (Italy)
University of Utah
University of Virginia
University of Washington
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University