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2014 PCSA DELEGATES – THE PCSA DELEGATION COMPRISES 38 UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE STUDENTS FROM UNIVERSITIES AROUND THE WORLD. bulletin a n n u a l s t u d e n t s e c t i o n PCSA delegation at their 2013 annual meeting in Montreal, Canada, with then-president Richard Brow. Chair’s update on PCSA activities and welcome to the student ACerS Bulletin issue T he June/July issue of the ACerS Bulletin gives the President’s Council of Student Advisors (PCSA) an opportunity to showcase By Bradley Schultz PCSA chair students in the materials science and engineering community. You will read articles about what students learn inside and outside of the classroom, experiences on study abroad and internships, as well as personal research. As chair, it gives me great privilege to directly connect PCSA with the ACerS Education Integration Committee (EIC). The EIC is made up of subcommittees composed of university faculty, industry representatives, and students. The subcommittees are Student Activities Committee (SAC), National Institute of Ceramic Engineers (NICE), Young Professionals Network (YPN), Ceramic Education Council (CEC), Keramos, and PCSA. To support the founding idea and goal of EIC, PCSA works to spread interest in and excitement for ceramics and glass education. PCSA has hosted friendly competitions, including the Credit: ACerS “Ceramics-in-Writing” competition in this issue, and has more educational events on deck. PCSA is developing the idea of a 3D Stein Design competition, which would allow winners to get a ceramic replica of their designs. In addition, ACerS and PCSA continue to market materials science demo and lab kits to 7th– 12th grade science teachers. Kits can be ordered for outreach purposes, or sponsors can donate kits to local schools of their choosing. PCSA is working on future ceramic- and glass-focused demo kits. Visit www.ceramics.org/pcsasciencekits for ordering details. PCSA is collaborating with EIC subcommittees on interesting events for students, especially at MS&T14 in Pittsburgh, Pa., which also is the location for the PCSA’s annual business meeting. In addition, PCSA is working with CEC and YPN on networking events where students can rub elbows with young professionals and industry professionals. If any of the above events sound intriguing, or if you have an idea of how to better address the future of ceramics education and student participation, I encourage you to get involved or to contact me at bmschul@clemson.edu. Help us further the education of the next generation of scientists and engineers! Bradley Schultz is a Ph.D. candidate in materials science and engineering at Clemson University and a tech analyst at the Clemson University Research Foundation Tech Transfer Office. He is current chair of PCSA. n American Ceramic Society Bulletin, Vol. 93, No. 5 | www.ceramics.org 25


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