Graduate Student Association

Membership Eligibility: Jefferson College of Life Sciences Only  

Membership Dues or Fees: None


The Graduate Student Association (GSA), formed in 1969, is a student-run organization committed to serving graduate students and improving student life at Jefferson. The GSA is open to all graduate students in the Jefferson College of Life Sciences (JCLS) and encourages participation from new students in our various year-round programs. There are countless ways to get involved with GSA, from attending and helping us plan events like Welcome Month, to volunteering with GSA at the annual Philadelphia Science Festival.

Our goals are three-fold:

  1. To engage graduate students beyond the classroom and lab in order to develop, broaden, and strengthen their professional skills and career goals.
  2. To foster inclusive programming that celebrates diversity in the Biomedical Sciences and offers a safe space for graduate students to participate in student life as authentically as possible.
  3. To be a voice for graduate students within JCLS, representing their unique needs and concerns by providing a link among graduate students, the Jefferson College of Life Sciences’ administration and faculty, and the surrounding Philadelphia community.

With these goals in mind, The Graduate Student Association plans programs in five areas:

  • Academic Programming
  • Professional Development
  • Social Events
  • Philanthropy & Community Service
  • Science Communication & Outreach

In order to best serve JCLS graduate students, GSA holds monthly open meetings to deliver news and information and provide a forum for students. Our Facebook page, bi-monthly Newsletters, GSA website, and GSA calendar, are all ways to stay up-to-date with the many programs GSA puts on.

We are always open to new ideas and feedback and can be reached through our GSA email (, which is actively monitored. We look forward to seeing you at our next event!


Organization Email:

Student Organization Advisor: Lisa Kozlowski, PhD, Associate Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Jefferson Alumni Hall 1020 Locust Street, M-46 | 215-503-5750