EGSAC is a student run group that mostly organizes social events aimed at bringing the graduate (and post-doc) community closer together. We also serve as a forum for student concerns and represent those concerns to the administration or faculty.
EGSAC sponsors several annual events including a fall trip to a group of cabins at Long Pond in southeastern Massachusetts, a winter trip to New Hampshire, a spring picnic and a summer picnic and softball game at Woods Hole.
Peer Hour is a weekly EGSAC sponsored event held every Friday at 5:30 on the 9th floor of building 54. With food and drinks, this is a great place to hang out, see people from other floors, and to meet up with people for evening plans. At the first Peer Hour of both semesters we order lots of pizza, and throughout the year we have taco nights, a chili-cook off, BBQs and theme parties.
In addition to these regular events, EGSAC sponsors basically anything anyone is willing to organize. In the past we've done trips to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, theatre performances in Cambridge and Boston, Imax movies, bowling and sporting events. Some of our latest schemes include free peer-mentor lunches for 1st year students and a birthday patrol.
EGSAC also organizes IM Sports teams. Depending on interest, we've had teams in badminton, basketball, volleyball, bowling, foosball, football, soccer, team tennis, ultimate frisbee and ice hockey. It's easy to contact the Sports Czar if you're interested in organizing or participating on an IM team, or sign up at the first Peer Hour of the year.
It's easy to get involved! Just come to monthly meetings to see what's going on. There's free lunch! We'll notify you about meetings and events by email.
Three events of particular interest to incoming graduate students are the orientation picnic-on-the-dot & Muddy Charles Pub night, the first Peer Hour of the year and the Long Pond retreat. In September, we'll round out your EAPS orientation day with a picnic and then introduce you to the Muddy, our on-campus pub, for their Weekly Wednesday free wings. Pretty much all the graduate students turn out for the first peer hour, so it's the best way to meet lots of people, eat free pizza, sign up for IM teams, and win "fabulous prizes" in the annual EAPS scavenger hunt. The Long Pond retreat in late September is a great annual event, lots of fun and a good chance to relax before the term really gets going