A critical part of MII’s mission statement states:
…We are committed to fostering a dynamic environment that enthusiastically promotes the recruitment and education of high-quality students…
As such, MII has devoted attention to the education and professional development of undergraduate and graduate students. On campus we have earned a reputation for reserving, on average, over 40% of our funding to student development. Off-campus, our alumni have earned a reputation for strong academic training, broad interdisciplinary skills, and good communication capabilities. Since 1982, we have graduated over 400 students. We currently graduate an average of 35 graduate students per year with an aim to increase this to 60 over the next few years.
Virginia Tech GSSPC
The Graduate Student Symposium Planning Committee (GSSPC) was developed by the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Chemical Education (CHED) for students to contribute to the ACS National Meeting by providing an exceptional atmosphere of learning and networking through a student organized symposium. A GSSPC comprised of 6-8 students is selected for each national ACS meeting and tasked with generating a unique symposium theme and organizing the entire event, including fundraising speaker recruitment, and logistical arrangements. Additionally, the GSSPC is charged with ensuring the continuation of the GSSPC by recruiting and mentoring a successive group of graduate students.
Several MACR and MII-affiliated students serve on the committee or are members of this organization. For more information, please visit their website.