Many of the graduate students who perform research at NSCL are engaged with activities outside of the Laboratory. They enrich their own education and careers, and often enrich the life and learning of many others. Graduate students play a very important role in outreach events, such as giving tours of the Laboratory and showing demos and explaining science at exhibitions and schools. They work in close collaboration with the NSCL Outreach Coordinator, Zach Constan, but also take initiative in developing new programs. Graduate students also participate in explaining the importance of science for the future well-being of the nation and beyond to the general public, as well as policy makers. There are many opportunities to make an impact, and doing so is welcomed at NSCL.
In addition, there are several graduate student organizations in which NSCL graduate students are active and often play leading roles, such as the MSU Council of Graduate Students (COGS), Physics Graduate Organization (PGO), the Women and Minorities in Physical Science (WaMPS) and the Graduate Employee Union (GEU) at MSU. Graduate students can also take advantage of the MSU Service-Learning Center, which acts as a clearing-house for volunteers who strive to combine research, teaching, and service.