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Boston Reunion

posted Oct 9, 2018, 4:24 PM by Janet Hurwitz

Boston-area PGSS alumni met at 730 Tavern in Cambridge on Thursday evening. In attendance were Elena Glassman, Janice Lee, Peter Lu, William Woodford, and PGSS Campaign president David Reiley.  Remarkably, the group included four MIT PhDs and one Harvard PhD. The group came up with some excellent ideas for PGSS Campaign and PGSS.

PGSS San Francisco Reunion 9-18

posted Sep 24, 2018, 8:33 AM by Janet Hurwitz   [ updated Sep 24, 2018, 8:34 AM ]

Thanks to Jen Lloyd (PGSS 1984) for hosting the recent SF reunion. She sent this review, "The Bay Area Reunion was held in San Jose in the Analog Devices office.  We had about a dozen PGSS alums, ranging in PGSS attendance year from 1982 through 2003.   We were graced with the attendance of Paul Karol, faculty at CMU.  Paul is one of the professors who wrote the original proposal for PGSS many years ago in addition to teaching the nuclear chemistry elective. There was only one set from the same year (Jon Stahlman and Jeremy Hurwitz from 2003), however there were coincidentally quite a few MIT folks in the group, so there was a lot to talk about.  After delicious food and socializing, we took up playing some games brought to us by David Reiley.  We all ended up working on a large crossword puzzle with a twist - a multilayer puzzle in which intersecting letters could be mapped to other letters. Throughout the game, it was great to chat and compare notes about PGSS and our lives after!"

PGSS 2018 Continues a Great Tradition

posted Sep 11, 2018, 2:04 PM by Janet Hurwitz

The 56 students who attended PGSS 2018 found the same extreme challenge academically as well as the cohesive, collaborative environment living, eating, studying, researching and playing on the Carnegie Mellon campus.

PGSS Philadelphia Reunion 6-23-18

posted Jun 24, 2018, 4:50 PM by Janet Hurwitz

The 2018 PGSS reunion in Philadelphia was a lovely and laughter filled evening. Hosted at New Delhi Restaurant near UPenn’s campus, some of the older alumni remembered eating there in their undergraduate days. A big group of 2016 students caught up on their first year of college; the alumni of the restart year, 2013, celebrated their class’s graduation in May. Inside jokes and fond recollection of professors were numerous. The 2015 students from Penn arrived together, though they only got to know each other after their days at camp. The two most recent graduates from 2017 expressed their excitement to attend Columbia and Harvard in the fall. Listening to everyone’s adventures since Governor's School was a pleasure and a delight. Some folks had to leave early. Some folks split into groups for more fun and ice cream. Hugs and warm goodbyes were shared at evening’s close, with many exclamations looking forward to Philly reunion 2019. Thanks to Chloe Glynn (TA 2015-2017) for organizing the reunion and writing this review.

PGSS 2017 is College Bound

posted May 29, 2018, 6:26 PM by Janet Hurwitz   [ updated Jul 17, 2018, 3:20 PM ]

Thanks to Ben Andrews (PGSS 2017) for making this map of where PGSS 2017 alums will be attending college this fall. Congratulations to all!

PGSS 2017 Honored in the PA Senate

posted May 27, 2018, 4:44 PM by Janet Hurwitz

On Tuesday, May 22, 17 of our PGSS 2017 govies and one PGSS 2015 govie were honored in the Senate Chambers of the Pennsylvania State Capitol. Senator Scarnati, President Pro Tempore, introduced the students and also arranged a luncheon in his office. Many of the students' senators were able to stop in to meet with them including Senators Argall, Bartolotta (who turns out to be a science nerd also), Browne, Eichelberger, Hutchinson, Scavello, Yaw and White. (We wish all 58 alumni could have attended from across the state.) We thank Senator Scarnati and his assistant Shelly Brown for making all of the arrangements. We were also able to meet briefly with Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera in the rotunda. Photo credits to Morgan Bowers.

New England Reunion in Boston, May 2018

posted May 14, 2018, 7:35 AM by Janet Hurwitz

A group of Boston area alumni gathered at the 730 Tavern in Cambridge on Thursday, May 10th. We had great representation from PGSS class years spanning over 25 years, and everyone enjoyed meeting one another and learning about what people are working on in Boston, as well as reminiscing about the late nights studying at PGSS, of course! Thanks
to Janice Lee (PGSS 1991) for organizing and sending this update.

PGSS Campaign Wins Award for STEM Education

posted May 6, 2018, 7:51 AM by Janet Hurwitz   [ updated May 10, 2018, 9:41 PM by Jeremy Hurwitz ]

PGSS Campaign received the Leadership in STEM Education Award at the 2018 Carnegie Science Awards held at the Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh. We were recognized for our efforts in restoring and operating the program after the state ended funding in 2009. Receiving the award on the organization's behalf are Board President, David Reiley (1986) and Program Director, Dr. Barry Luokkala. Speaking in the presentation video is Board Vice President Dr. Ben Campbell.

None of this would be possible without the amazing and generous support of our alumni. We would not have succeeded without your help.

On behalf of the entire Board and the PGSS Classes of 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and beyond, thank you for making this award, and PGSS possible.

Bay Area Alumni Successfully Escape the Room

posted Dec 13, 2017, 8:57 PM by Jeremy Hurwitz   [ updated Dec 13, 2017, 8:58 PM ]

This past Sunday, 16 area alumni met in San Jose to test their ingenuity against Omescape's puzzles. Working in two teams, each group needed to solve a sequence of puzzles before  the 60 minute timer expired. Facing rooms with success rates of 27% and 28%, both groups succeeded -- with matching times of 52 minutes.



Fun Fact: Deanna Rubin (PGSS '96; TA '97, '98) is the current record holder for "Dark Altar", with a ridiculous time of 33 minutes!

Successful Fundraiser

posted Nov 28, 2017, 4:02 PM by Janet Hurwitz   [ updated Nov 28, 2017, 4:03 PM ]

With special thanks to our wonderful volunteer class agents, we successfully raised over $125,000 (goal of $100,000) during our two-week fundraiser in November. This amount is strictly from alumni; parents and friends donations are counted separately. It is amazing that our alumni recognize the importance of PGSS for future students and give so generously with nothing personal to gain. Over 22% of our alumni have given.

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