PCSA Delegates are required to serve on one of the five committees shown below for a period of one year, beginning at the annual business meeting.

Programming

The Programming Committee creates programs and opportunities to engage students of all levels within the ceramic community by engaging and supporting opportunities despite the current virtual landscape.

Main duties of delegates:

  • Organizes the Student Tour at MS&T
  • Plans the Shot Glass and SIFT Competitions at ICACC
  • Plans online competitions for students
2020-2021 Programming Committee members
2020-2021 Programming Committee members

For further information about the Programming Committee, check out the video interview with the 2019-2020 Programming Chair.

Communications

The Communications Committee is responsible for submitting student-focused content to the ACerS Bulletin as well as organizing student-written articles for the annual student edition of the ACerS Bulletin for June/July.  The committee is also responsible for using social media and other avenues for marketing of science kits and increasing the visibility of ceramic, and glass materials science.

Main duties of delegates:

  • Runs PCSA social media accounts
  • Helps other committees advertise their events
  • Organizes authors for the Deciphering the Discipline column for the ACerS Bulletin monthly publication
2020-2021 Communications Committee members
2020-2021 Communications Committee members

For further information about the Communications Committee, check out the video interview with the 2019-2020 Communications Chair.

Recruitment

The Recruitment Committee is responsible for preparing a strategy for PCSA delegate recruitment which includes actively soliciting participation from all universities. The Recruitment Committee also prepares and sends delegate application packages.

Main duties of delegates:

  • Maintaining a diverse and up to date list of potential academic and industrial contacts to be used during the
    recruitment period
  • Responsible for recruiting new members to PCSA
  • Reviews the applications for new and returning delegates
2020-2021 Recruitment Committee members
2020-2021 Recruitment Committee members

For further information about the Recruitment Committee, check out the video interview with the 2019-2020 Recruitment Chair.

Outreach

The goal of the Outreach Committee is to increase the visibility of ceramic and glass science throughout national and international classrooms, students at-large, and showcasing careers in materials science and engineering.

Main duties of delegates:

  • Implements outreach activities or tools to K-12 classrooms, such as the ACerS Materials Science Kits
  • Organizes the Day in the Life series on the PCSA Instagram
2020-2021 Outreach Committee members
2020-2021 Outreach Committee members

For further information about the Outreach Committee, check out the video interview with the 2019-2020 Outreach Chair.

External Partnerships

Due to the constant growth of the PCSA each year, an additional committee was added in 2016 to help each committee be effective and to stay at a workable size. The goal of the External Partnerships Committee (EPC) is to bridge the gap between the PCSA and other materials science related organizations and groups both nation and worldwide. The EPC acts as a liaison to these global organizations and helps to collaborate with them on programming and outreach events.

Main duties of delegates:

  • Runs mentorship program that pairs PCSA, ACerS GGRN, and Keramos students with a mentor in industry or academia
  • Organizes the Humanitarian Pitch Competition at MS&T
2020-2021 External Partnerships Committee members
2020-2021 External Partnerships Committee members

For further information about the External Partnerships Committee, check out the video interview with the 2019-2020 External Partnerships Chair.

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