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Graduate Student Association

Mission Statement

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) was formed in 1969 in order to provide a link among graduate students, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences’ administration and faculty, and the surrounding Philadelphia community. Our goal is to be a voice for graduate students within the University, representing their unique needs and concerns. Monthly open meetings are held to deliver news and information and provide a forum for students to address new issues that arise.

The Graduate Student Association plans programs in four areas: intellectual, professional, social, and community service. Presentations and Conversations in Research (PCR) allow students to present their research in a relaxed atmosphere to other students.

GSA2013Graduate Student Association Officers 2013/14
Back Row (Left to Right): Zachary Schoepflin, President; Justin Rock, VP for Social Events; Suren Rajakaruna, VP for Academic Affairs, MS
Front Row (Left to Right): Caitlin Logan, Treasurer; Sana Dastgheyb, VP of Community and Cultural Affairs; Lauren Klayman, VP Internal Affairs; Alexis Landau, VP Career Development, MS; Donna Brennan, President Emeritus; Samantha Garcia, Secretary
Not Pictured: Emily Bongiorno, VP Academic Affairs, PhD; Nathan Fried, VP Career Development, PhD

The GSA also works closely with the Alumni Association to bring in speakers from various science careers, enabling students to explore different career paths. The GSA sponsors a 'Women in Science' seminar series, as well as 'Bridging the Gap' seminar series to promote the bench-to-bedside aspect of research. Socially, the GSA hosts several Social Hours each semester and plans trips to local museums and sporting events, providing students with discounted tickets.

The Graduate Student Association is open to all students in the Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and encourages participation from new students during 'Welcome Month' activities as well as other events year-round. There are countless ways to volunteer and contribute to the GSA, from attending and helping to plan events to soliciting donations for our Annual Halloween Charity Raffle.