On Thursday, February 21, the Department of Chemistry hosted a graduate interdepartmental tea, with brownies that had the entire room smelling like chocolate.
The tea was the second in a series of events organized by the Graduate Student Council. The first tea event was held in January in the Mathematics Department. The goal is simple: monthly gatherings to facilitate networking and bring together Dartmouth’s graduate students from every field of study.
Members of the Department of Chemistry were warm hosts and added personal touches with little laboratory flask drawings on their welcome board. Students were fashionably late, but soon enough, Burke Hall’s Marx Lounge reached a near capacity crowd, with grad students from various departments attending. The teas, bottled beverages, fresh fruits, crackers and cheese, and cookies and brownies seemed nothing more than a catalyst for socializing, though I did hear the chocolate chip cookies were delicious.
“This time it was better advertised,” said GSC’s Academic Chair Richard Lopez, pleased to see attendees from beyond Burke’s walls. “I think there are people coming from five or six different departments here now.”
The date and whereabouts of the next interdepartmental tea are not yet decided upon, but the GSC plans on arranging one every month. Each tea will be held at and hosted by a different department, establishing a monthly occasion for graduate students to meet and mingle in a more cross-disciplinary setting. Check out the Gazetteer and the Graduate Studies’ Facebook page for updates on future events.
by Niusha Shodja
photos by Niusha Shodja