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Prospective Students

General Department Information

ChEGSA is located in the Jack E. Brown Engineering Building. This building is home to The Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering. More information about the department can be found at this link.

Department Information for Prospective Students

Many department resources for prospective students are available here.

College Station Information

College Station is located in the heart of Texas, within 3 hours drive of Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas/Fort Worth. Currently the Bryan/College Station area has a population of ~179,000 people, with ~60,000 students! More information on what there is to do around aggieland is available here.


International Student Services

If you’re an international student, many resources are available here.


Advisor Selection Process

After coming to Texas A&M University one of the first tasks for new graduate students is selecting their advisor. All professors who are accepting students will give presentations to the new graduate students about their research. These presentations take place over the first 1-2 months of the semester. During this time, new graduate students will schedule one on one meetings with professors they’re interested in and visit with other students in those professors’ groups.


Once all professors have presented, new students will select their top three choices for an advisor. Advisors will be assigned after consideration by the department, usually around the end of October.


What to expect in your first year at TAMU

Lots of classes: Most students finish the majority of their classes, including all core classes, within the first year. 


Introduction to research: Your advisor, once assigned, will generally introduce you to your research topic. You will have to balance this in with your course work.

Qualifying Exam: PhD students are expected to give their qualifying exam around the start of the spring semester. 


The first year, in general, is a marathon. New graduate students tackle a lot of work, and have to learn to balance classes, research, and their personal lives. As long as you keep going you’ll be fine, and everyone, including ChEGSA, is here to help you!


ChEGSA Events

ChEGSA organizes professional and social events throughout the entire year to encourage students to improve themselves professionally, and also provide a means to help students relax and unwind, while fostering friendships among students.


Recruiting Professors

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Ashley Henley, in charge of graduate student recruitment, at


VP External Contact

If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact the Vice President of External Affairs of ChEGSA. You can email at

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