What we do

Bi-weekly Meetings

Once every two weeks, the grad students meet as a whole behind closed doors and out of faculty earshot (more or less). What happens at these mysterious meetings? Well, we might discuss whatever crazy thing that happened that week, get the scoop on upcoming events (parties, bike rides, chillin’ at a brewery) from the EGB officer, or discuss issues for the faculty. Attendance is not mandatory but is encouraged. The meetings are nominally run by the AGSO President and only occur during the school year.

Student round table

If there is a colloquium that day, we also have a student round table with the speaker. We use this time to ask them about their career and also for advice. Perhaps they’ve worked on an instrument team, or with a large research consortium, or have done well with job placement. You will get the most out of this time if you come prepared with a question or two in mind.

Tea Time

What is grad life without free food?! The Tea Time officer organizes volunteers to provide weekly refreshments for students and faculty. Tea Time is held on the second floor landing and is an informal setting for people to relax and chat.

Cume Parties

Tradition states that when a grad student passes their sixth and final cume, they throw a party for everyone else. Hazy justification for this lies in the idea that, at some point, someone else had to fail a cume to allow this person to pass a cume. Whether this is the case or not, it is a good excuse for a party. Tradition also holds that the person throwing the party provides either all the food or all the alcohol. Cume party style varies and is entirely up to the person throwing the party. Previous parties have ranged from Standard Debauchery to an Afternoon BBQ to a Formal Affair and even to camping at Kilbourne Hole.

Undergraduate Astronomy Club

Updates coming soon!