Call for Nominations for FGSA Executive Board

Hello FGSA Members,

It's that time of the year and we are calling for nominations of the FGSA executive committee. The executive committee is an active group of graduate students from around the world that wants to advocate for graduate students and be involved in the greater physics community.

We are looking for nominations for the positions of chair-elect, treasurer, councilor, international affairs officer, and two members-at-large. Information on the available positions is given below.

Your nomination should include a brief biography and a candidate statement, no longer then 2200 characters. All nominations must be received by 10:00 p.m. EST (7:00 p.m. PST) on Monday, November 9, 2015.

We encourage you to nominate yourself or someone you know for a position with the Forum on Graduate Student Affairs. This is an excellent opportunity to meet with others interested in graduate student affairs, gain valuable experience interacting with a wide variety of both scientists and non-scientists to promote physics and science literacy, and give a voice to graduate student concerns and issues.

Please remember, attracting and serving a diverse and inclusive membership worldwide is a primary goal for APS. In calling for nominations, we wish to remind you how important it is to give full consideration to women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and scientists from outside the United States.

If you wish to nominate someone, or yourself, or if you have any questions about the time commitment, responsibilities, or nomination process, please feel free to contact me at brussel1@whittier.edu.

Thank you,
Brock Russell
APS FGSA Past Chair

Descriptions of Available Positions

The chair-elect will serve as the chair of the program committee for the 2017 March and April Meetings, with the opportunity to design the FGSA sessions at both meetings. In addition, the chair-elect will assume the duties of the chair whenever the chair is unable to perform them. Their second year in office they will serve as the chair of the committee, running meetings and representing FGSA in APS events. Their last year will be spent as past chair, serving as an advisor and will be in charge of running elections. The chair-elect will be elected to a three-year term: Chair-elect in 2016, chair in 2017, and past chair in 2018.

The treasurer shall have responsibility for all funds in the custody of or placed at the disposal of the FGSA, and shall authorize disbursements from these funds for FGSA expenses. The treasurer shall present a financial report and an annual budget at the meeting of the executive committee. Treasurer will serve a two-year term.

International Student Affairs Officer
The ISA officer will chair the International Student Affairs Committee. The officer will serve as the principle point of contact between the Forum and similar organizations in countries outside the United States and will act as a student advocate for international student issues to the American Physical Society. FGSA-sponsored international activities, including conferences and student issues, will be reported annually by the ISA officer to both the FGSA executive committee and the APS director of international affairs. ISA officer will serve a three-year term.

As the representative from the Forum of Graduate Student Affairs, you will be in a unique position to interact with leaders of the physics community in a very close partnership. The Council focuses on all matters of science and membership, including science policy. There are generally two meetings a year where the Council of Representatives get together to perform their duties.

Topics discussed and voted on in these meetings include:
  • Establishment and oversight of the publications of the Society
  • Approval of policy statements and science strategy of the Society
  • Election of nine Councilors to the Board
  • Election of the Speaker of the Council
  • Scientific meetings and conferences
  • Admission of members and election of Fellows and the standards and requirements for membership and Fellowship
  • All prizes and awards, and other honors bestowed by the Society
  • Final approval of any amendment to the Constitution & Bylaws
  • Any other responsibilities that relate to the scientific mission of the Society and are referred to the Council by the Board, or that are raised by the Council on its own motion or in response to requests by Councilors or members

As FGSA councilor, you will attend these meetings and have a voice in the governance of the APS, and act as liaison for the FGSA to represent the views and needs of the Forum. To that end, the Forum executive committee (of which you will be a member) has 3-4 meetings per year to discuss the duties of the Forum and current activities. At these meetings, you will share any news or concerns of the APS to the Forum and be prepared to convey any sentiments or issues back to the APS.

Member-at-large (2 positions)
No specific duties are assigned to members-at-large, but they play an important role in helping the executive committee of the Forum function. Members-at-large may become active in any of a number of areas that serve to bring together the membership of this forum and increase their interaction with other members or groups of members of the American Physical Society. Members-at-large will serve a two-year term.

Attracting and serving a diverse and inclusive membership worldwide is a primary goal for APS. In calling for nominations, we wish to remind you how important it is to give full consideration to qualified women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and scientists from outside the United States.