Why should you get involved with ACerS PCSA?
The PCSA is the student leadership development program for The American Ceramic Society (ACerS). 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.
Additionally, PCSA delegates also benefit from various leadership and professional development opportunities.
About PCSA delegates
- 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.
- PCSA delegates are required to be a member of Material Advantage or ACerS Global Graduate Researcher Network (GGRN), depending on if an undergraduate or graduate student:
Being a PCSA delegate 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 way to build your resume
- 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
What does it take to be a PCSA delegate?
A strong interest in ceramics.
Strong leadership qualities.
Reliability and strong drive.
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 be a member of Material Advantage or ACerS Global Graduate Researcher Network (GGRN), and required to attend the PCSA annual business meeting, which is scheduled for the weekend prior to the MS&T conference each year. The annual business 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.
The application period for the 2020-2021 PCSA is closed.
Check back for the dates for the 2021-2022 application period.
First-time PCSA applicants
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 the online application form in addition to submitting the application information shown below.
Submit the following three documents separately to email@example.com.
- 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 that:
- Includes academic information (year and school name)
- Highlights student leadership experiences
- 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. Include examples of how you might use your position on PCSA to positively impact your university or department.
- Describes your interest in ceramics
- Describes your academic and career plans for the near future (within 10 years)
Format for personal statement: 1” margins, 1.5 Line Spacing, 11 point font.
Returning PCSA 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).
Returning delegates will need to send the information above to firstname.lastname@example.org.