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grad student caucus: message from 2016 graduate student liaison

Greetings, ASEH Graduate Student Community,

In 2016, I will take over responsibilities as the ASEH graduate student liaison from Daniel Soucier. I’d like to introduce the work of the Graduate Student Caucus to grad student members of ASEH.

The Graduate Student Caucus, which the liaison represents, is your group. It is the space to make professional connections with peers from other institutions and the platform for proposing grad-oriented activities to the ASEH leadership (past events, for example, have included a “Meet the Presses” speed networking event and an Alt Ac panel). My goal as the liaison for graduate students is to continue to support programming organized around our needs. It is also my responsibility to field questions and communicate with ASEH leadership about the concerns and interests of ASEH grad student members. The strength of the Graduate Student Caucus is dependent on your participation—you are welcome to be involved in planning, to participate in our upcoming events, or to simply join the listserv to see what we are up to.

For the conference in Seattle in 2016, there are many ways to be involved in grad student activities (with many thanks to Dan and the other grads who made these events happen). The Caucus meeting will be Friday, April 1 from 6:45-7:30 pm and is open to all. Caucus members have once again organized a writing workshop. If you are interested in participating, email by the January 10 deadline. If you are interested in joining the mentoring program, you will find more information here. One of our many goals in the Caucus is to keep grad costs down at conferences while maximizing opportunities for connections. I recommend one of the many free field trips this year as a chance to meet other students. If you are searching for a roommate for the conference, you can be in contact with me and I will connect you with other interested grads. You also can also volunteer at the conference in exchange for free registration (details here). Our annual graduate student reception at ASEH will be Thursday, March 31 from 8:30-10, with details forthcoming. I invite all grads to meet their colleagues, grab snacks, and win a free book or two.

To join the Graduate Student Caucus, simply send me an email with a short bio. You will then be able to access the email listserv, where grad students organize subcommittees for ASEH grads events, connect with roommates, and discuss general caucus business. We also have Skype meetings periodically throughout the year, so you can participate even if you are not planning on attending the conference in Seattle this year. If you are interested in brainstorming activities for ASEH 2017 in Chicago, I especially hope you will join our group.

I look forward to sharing in another year of ASEH activities with all of you.

Rachel Gross

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