Graduate Student Activity Committee

The purpose of the Graduate Student Activity Committee (GSAC) is to organize social events with the goal of bringing students, staff, and faculty within the department of chemical engineering together in a non-academic environment. This page will serve to inform students of a selection of upcoming activities that will be offered each semester. All graduate students are welcome and encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities. The Rochester region offers a wide variety of both outdoor and indoor venues that allow for a fun assortment of activities for those in the department to engage with one another. If you have any questions or activity ideas, please submit them using our feedback form.

Summer 2023 Events

Please consult the list below for upcoming events.

Bike Trail Along Erie Canal

Bike Ride Along Erie Canal

June 3, 2023, 10:00 a.m. 

Come join Dr. Alexander Shestopalov and a group of students on a pleasant weekend bike ride along the Erie Canal. Our ride will begin in the village of Pittsford and lead us up past the university campus to a local brewery for lunch and refreshments! An email notification will be sent out to everyone who signed up one week prior to the bike ride. Bike rentals are available upon request at our meeting spot.

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bbq food

Department BBQ at Genesee Valley Park

June 9, 2023, 2:00 p.m. 

Start the weekend early at the department BBQ in GVP on Friday, June 9th. Food will be catered by Dinosaur BBQ, a Rochester staple, and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Frisbee, soccer, and cornhole will also be available. 

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Red Wings Park

Red Wings Game

June 13, 2023, 6:45 p.m. 

Come join us for a night out at the ballpark!The Rochester Red Wings are a minor league baseball team that have been operating out of the city since 1899. They are the oldest continuously operating sports franchise in North America below the major league level and a staple of Rochester. The plan is to leave campus together (or meet at the ballpark which is located 5 minutes north of campus) and all sit together to watch the game. Tickets and 1 drink and food item are complementary (they serve big drinks!).

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kayaking on erie canal

Kayaking on the Erie Canal

June 17, 2023, 11:30 a.m. 

We will all meet in the lovely hamlet of Fairport and rent kayaks. The group will then kayak up and down the canal between Fairport and Pittsford. Lunch and refreshments will be offered afterwards.

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lucien morin park

Hiking at Lucien Morin Park

June 24, 2023, 10:00 a.m. 

A group of students will meet on campus and then head over to the Lucien Morin wetlands park. After hiking, we will head over the K2 Brewery for food and drinks.

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Genesee Brewery

Tour of Historic Genesee Brewery

July 7, 2023, 3:00 p.m. 

Founded in 1878, The Genesee Brewing Company is one of the largest and oldest continually operating breweries on the east coast. This tour provides an opportunity to walk through 150 years of brewing history. Afterwards we will head over to the Genesee Brewhouse for tasting's and dinner on the rooftop overlooking the beautiful Rochester skyline.

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Ontario Beach Park

Day at the Beach

July 15, 2023, 10:00 a.m. 

We will have a meetup at the Ontario Beach Park. Sandwiches and drinks will be provided as well of games and activities. 

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July 21, 2023, 5:00 p.m. 

A trendy place in Henrietta that offers laser tag, cyber sports, and an arcade. (There's also axe-throwing but we might leave that alone) There is also a full bar and kitchen. 

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