The Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Graduate Student Association (CGA)

CGA, an organization of graduate students from within the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, was founded to create a community for ChBE graduate students.  It offers a variety of social, academic, and career development events throughout the year.

CGA gets students out of the lab and involved in activities both on- and off-campus. Social events include potlucks, barbeques, dinners to welcome first-year graduate students, and participation in local events and activities. Funds used to subsidize these activities and events are raised selling concessions at our exciting Maryland Terrapins sporting events as well as other means.

Academic, career-building, and professional activities include attending the annual AIChE conference, hosting ResearchFest (an annual symposium), and operating a hands-on experiments table for kids on Maryland Day.

The goal of CGA is to build community, connections, and friendships among graduate students, while also establishing a line of communication between students and the faculty. We especially try to provide connections for those who find themselves working off-campus at facilities such as the NIH or NIST), with parent societies such as the GSG (Graduate Student Government) and EGSC (Engineering Graduate Student Council), and alumni.

CGA members also gain access to the CGA student lounge in the Chemical/Nuclear Engineering Building. For additional information, please send an email to

  • President
    Kerry DeMella
  • Vice President
  • Secretary/Historian
    Supriya Padmanabhan
  • Treasurer
    Nico Edison
coffee hour
Coffee break with faculty and graduate students.
cga meet and greet
2015 ResearchFest, organized by CGA.
End of the year BBQ with faculty and students.
cga officers
The 2014-2015 Board of the CGA.
From left: Sean Mack (Secretary), Nick Guros(VP), Svetlana Ikonomova (President) Viviana Monje-Galvan (Treasuer).