Books & Bagels: Monthly Interdisciplinary Conversations

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Books & Bagels: Conversations on Interdisciplinary Research is a one-hour monthly lunch time program hosted by Drexel Graduate Student Association [GSA], The Graduate College of Drexel University and Student Life Center City Campus. The program started in 2012 and since has hosted more than 100 Drexel speakers including graduate students, alumni, and undergraduate students doing research from across all of Drexel’s colleges and schools.

Join us on Friday, February 26, 2016 at 12pm in the Graduate Student Lounge, located in Main 010. We are proud to be hosting the following outstanding speakers and moderator.


Persistence to Completion of Doctoral Degrees in Light of Student Creativity
EdD in Educational Leadership and Management (with a Concentration in Creativity and Innovation)
School of Education

Summary: This research explores the possession of creativity and the related factors of tolerance for ambiguity and risk taking of students who are either currently enrolled and persisting, or those who have successfully completed their doctoral degree program of choice. This mixed methods convergent parallel research design will focus on doctoral student persistence of students that are currently enrolled in various stages of their respective doctoral programs and those students who have graduated. Scholars have studied attrition rates in doctoral programs for decades in an effort to ameliorate it. One solution may lie within the selection criteria of potential students into doctoral programs. Creativity assessments could potentially be included in the current battery of selection criteria for admission to identify those applicants who are creative problem solvers, especially those who tolerate ambiguity and are risk takers.


3D Computational Modeling of Knitted Functional Fabrics
BS/MS in Materials Science & Engineering (BS) and Mechanical Engineering (MS)
College of Engineering

Summary: Functional fabrics (e.g. “smart” textiles) constitute an emerging class of tunable engineering materials that can “see, hear, sense, and adapt”, envisioned as device platforms for applications including consumer wearable electronics, biomedical monitoring, compliant robotics, and national defense. However, complex textile mechanics pose a formidable challenge for predictive design and manufacturing of advanced functional fabrics, forcing a “trial-and-error” design methodology. Daniel Christe is part of an interdisciplinary Drexel team working to develop computational models of functional fabrics driven by experimental information across scales. This work involves the formulation of a structural building block based on measurements of knitted fabrics. These building blocks form the basis for 3D digital models to simulate the mechanical response of fabrics under applied loads, providing valuable feedback to design and manufacturing of functional fabrics.


Graduate College Dean
Executive Vice Provost
Professor of Psychology


The program features 2-3 current graduate students who present a brief 15-20 minute overview of their research project(s) and talk about their graduate experiences in an interdisciplinary context touching on the challenges, benefits, successes, and implications of their work. The presentations are then followed by audience Q&A and discussion led by a faculty moderator. The format of the presentations are entirely up to the speaker. We have had PowerPoint presentations, Prezi’s, short videos, case studies, discussion groups, demonstrations, and more. In addition to the audience of students, faculty, and staff, there is also a live-stream for online students or for those unable to make it.

Books & Bagels is not an academic conference or meeting. Presentations should not include technical jargon or too many numbers and graphs, although some may be necessary. Presentations are meant to be a more personal and general overview of your research and experiences at Drexel or elsewhere that you may have travelled. Presentation materials should be understood by a wide variety of audiences, not just those in your field. Think about why your research is relevant and important to the general public. Presentation time is very short so that there is time at the end of the program for questions and discussion within the one-hour lunch time period.


The goals of the Books & Bagels program are for attendees to hear about what graduate students across the University are accomplishing; to challenge speakers and attendees to think about problem solving and research in new ways; and to spark conversation and collaboration among peers across different disciplines.

TOWN HALL: Open to all Graduate Students

Join the Graduate Student Association on February 22nd for our first Town Hall with the Dean Herbert from the Graduate College.

This opportunity offers a direct and informal way for students to ask questions to the Dean and the GSA board. They will offer facts and an insider’s understanding of how the campus and university work. Students are invited to submit questions, concerns and ideas ahead of time if possible, so that responses can be properly researched.

So join us on Monday at 6:00pm in the Graduate Student Lounge! Light food and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP so that we can have a rough head count.

You can R.S.V.P. here.

In case you’re not able to make it to the town hall, you can address your concerns by posting below:

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[SOLD OUT] Annual GSA Skiing/Snowboarding Trip


Sorry, the event is now sold out!

Join Drexel GSA for the annual ski trip on Saturday, February 20th, 2016 at Montage Ski Resort!

We will depart from Drexel at 7:15am and return no later than 8:00pm that evening! (Everyone must be back on the bus by 5:00pm so that we can be back at Drexel by 8pm)

*You MUST meet the bus outside of the Hagerty Library at 6:45am. The bus will not wait for you and you will not be reimbursed if you miss it. We are not responsible for any lost or stolen items left on the bus. You will have an opportunity to rent lockers at the resort at your own expense to store any personal items. The bus will return to Drexel by 8:00pm.

Tickets go on sale Monday, February 8th at 12pm until 5pm on Wednesday, February 17th or sell out.

*This event has been known to sell out in minutes, so don’t miss out!*

Current Drexel graduate students: $25
*Must be enrolled in graduate quarter program to qualify for GSA-subsidized student ticket

Guests: $40 (1 per student)*
*Guest ticket must be purchased at the same time as your student ticket on the registration form below. You will not be able to add one later.

Purchase includes:
1. Transportation to and from the resort from Drexel’s campus via bus
2. Admission and lift ticket for one snowsport per person (skiing or snowboarding)
3. $10 lunch voucher (please bring additional cash in case you go over the $10 limit)
4. Equipment rentals (if needed)
5. Lessons (if needed)
6. Snack/light breakfast on the bus

Please dress accordingly! If it is your first time, you may want to do some research ahead of time to help you decide what to wear.

You will be asked to sign (no electronic signatures) two waiver forms and to bring them with you on the day of the trip in order to participate.

Please bring your Drexel graduate student ID with you to check in on the bus. All admission tickets, lunch vouchers, equipment, etc. will be distributed at the resort upon arrival.

Questions? Contact the GSA!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Tickets available:

Free: Professional Headshots for Graduate Students


Hello! Need a updated photo for a resume, linkedin profile or just because?
Drexel Graduate Student Association [GSA] will be taking professional headshots for students at 2 convientent locations! *please note the different times

Center City: February 15th | New College Bld | 12:00pm-1:30pm

University City: February 18th | Main bld | 10:30am-12:00pm

All images will be uploaded to our dropbox so you can download them when you need them.
We encourage you dress professionally but we will have suit jackets available just incase!

Pictures will be taken first come first serve
Resume and other career resources will be available.


Midterm Munchies Winter ’16


Midterms are swiftly approaching but of course GSA has you covered with our next Midterm Munchies event! Come out and enjoy free food and relax with your fellow graduate students during midterm week. The event will be Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 from 12:30pm-2:00pm in the Graduate Student Lounge, hope to see you all there!

*Please be advised that both food and drink are on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVED basis, we may run out before the end of the event at 2pm!*