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 several positions of chair-elect, secretary, and 2 members-at-large. We are also looking for several external committee representatives. 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 Friday, August 1, 2018 (date subject to change).

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 us at fgsaelection@aps.org.

Thank you,
Joshua Einstein-Curtis

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 2019, chair in 2020, and past chair in 2021.

The Secretary shall maintain the records of the Forum including minutes of Executive Committee meetings. The Secretary shall distribute the minutes to each member of the Executive Committee and the Forum Webmaster within six weeks after each meeting; The Secretary shall work with the Webmaster to insure that the minutes are posted on the Forum Website within eight weeks. The Secretary shall notify the Chair of matters requiring Executive Committee action. The Secretary shall arrange for announcing, distributing, receiving and counting the annual election ballots from the membership, and for informing the APS Executive Officer, candidates, and Forum membership of election results. The secretary will be elected to a 2-year term.

The responsibilities for Members-at-Large are not strictly defined. Instead, they are expected to join various committees to help the Forum in all its activities. Committees include the Program Committee (plans FGSA sessions at the March and April Meetings), Travel Award Committee (selects recipients of the FGSA Travel Award), and more. Members-at-Large may also choose to lead a project they feel is important, like becoming the Newsletter Editor, overhauling the FGSA social media presence, or streamlining the Travel Award selection process. A member-at-large will be elected to a 2-year term.