Chemistry Graduate Student Association (CGSA)

Chemistry Graduate Student Association (CGSA)


The CGSA’s mission is to strengthen the graduate student body’s satisfaction in the Department of Chemistry at Mississippi State University by investing in the academic and professional development of the graduate students. To support this goal, CGSA offers social events which provide peer-to-peer interactions amongst graduate and undergraduate students as well as professors and faculty. With the funds provided by donations and fundraising, CGSA supports graduate students seeking to attend a variety of professional engagements including public speaking, poster presentations, technical and research-related seminars. Our signature event is the Lester Andrews Symposium, which aims to encourage networking between graduate students and undergraduate students, academic faculty, industry researchers, as well as a prestigious keynote speaker. Finally, the CGSA strives to carefully address graduate student concerns and champion for their well-being, professional development, and growth within the department.


All graduate students currently enrolled (full or part time) in a Chemistry Masters or a Chemistry Doctoral degree in the Department of Chemistry at MSU are eligible for CGSA membership. This membership does not require registration, every graduate student is automatically enrolled as a CGSA member upon completion of their first semester of study. Furthermore, members are not required to pay monetary dues, but to be considered for financial support they must be active members in the organization. The CGSA does not discriminate based on race, color, creed, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, or disability.

Position Officer Email
President: Abigail Ressler
Vice President: Bailey Herring
Secretary: Samadhi Nawalage
Treasurer: Nirosh Udayanga
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Whitnee Nettles
Faculty Co-Advisor: Dr. Eric Dornshuld


Apply for the CGSA Scholarship

Active members of CGSA can apply for the CGSA Graduation Scholarship.

Application Form