Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry Graduate Student Association (CGSA)

2021-2022 CGSA

Top row (L to R): Jacob Nielsen, Michael Davenport, Chrissy Egbert, Madi Johnston
Bottom row (L to R): Conner Nelson, Daniel Call, Dulashani Ranasinghe, Radhya Weligama Gamage

Chrissy Egbert, Chair

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Kara Stowers, Inorganic


Connor Nelson, Inorganic
Daniel Call, Biochemistry
Dulashani Ranasinghe, Analytical
Jacob Nielsen, Analytical
Madi Johnston, Analytical
Michael Davenport, Physical
Radhya Weligama Gamage, Analytical


  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. Monthly activity lasting 45-50 minutes focusing on a specific topic that will help graduate students succeed in life
  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