The GSA is proud to uphold several annual traditions, designed to foster the academic and intellectual growth of our members. GSA provides the opportunity for Presentations and Conversations in Research (PCRs) and Science and Technology Information Resources (STIRs). These events are available by request and provide a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere during which students can practice presenting their research or science in general to an audience of their peers.
As part of the Welcome Month events, GSA also hosts an annual seminar designed to help both PhD and Master’s students think about how to choose research labs for their rotations and eventual thesis work.
In the spring, we host a Women in Science seminar and a Bridging the Gaps seminar, each of which are designed to allow students to hear directly from scientists about their paths to their current positions. The Bridging the Gaps seminar also allows students to hear directly from scientists who are taking research from the bench to the bedside.
Resources for Incoming Students
Grad school is hard and sometimes it’s not clear what to do or who to ask for help. PhD and Masters Student Liaisons are a group of student volunteers who are here to help incoming students as they navigate their first year in JCLS. Student liaisons can help you decide what classes you need to take, how to pick the right lab rotation and how to join a lab, demystify the program requirements, help you figure out what to do with their life, etc. You can also reach out to a liaison with any general concerns or suggestions and they will relay them to the Graduate Student Association where they will be heard and addressed.