Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry Graduate Student Association (CGSA)


Ankur Jalan, Chair

PhD candidate in organic chemistry

Mary Jackman, Associate Chair

MS candidate in organic chemistry

Mike Beauchamp, Associate Chair

PhD candidate in analytical chemistry 


Courtney Banks, Communications

Mukul Sonker, International Services 

Emma Burrell, Activities/ Seminars

Whitney Walker, Career Services


  1. Help incoming graduate students
    1. Help all international and domestic students get accustomed to the new environment and culture at BYU
    2. Aid them with initial accommodation and other paperwork formalities
    3. Assist them with their academic queries
  2. Career opportunities
    1. Establish alumni network
    2. Compile a list of companies suggested by all graduate students which can help career services to contact listed companies for information, available positions, and potential career fair visits
  3. Networking within department
    1. Streamline networking between students, department and career services
    2. Get acquainted with research going on within the department
    3. Improve students' presentation and communication skills


  1. One monthly meeting lasting about 30-40 minutes focusing on association's activities and outcomes
  2. Invite speakers from Career Services to advise on resume formatting, networking skills, interview preparations, and job search tools
  3. Invite professionals from academia and industry to speak to students periodically; topics range from research, to career opportunities, and to the importance of research and development in industries.
  4. Share senior graduate students' experiences related to research and job-hunting process