Student Organizations


The Bootstrappers is a student-led group facilitating informal learning communities among Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences students and postdocs.
Student Leader: Jill Moore
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Graduate Student Body Committee (GSBC) 

The Graduate Student Body Council (GSBC) is a group of elected students who serve as the voice of graduate students on campus. By serving on committees with faculty, we represent student interests and help in decision-making. An important goal of the GSBC is to keep graduate students informed about new policies regarding their thesis work.  We gain insight from students about changes they would like to see happen at UMass and work hard to implement these changes. One of our major goals is to further relationships between graduate students on campus, in addition to interprofessional relationships with both the medical and nursing students. The GSBC encourages fellow colleagues in their studies, hosting events for first year students during their core coursework. We offer social events throughout the year to foster friendships and support groups and hold local volunteer activities such as Working for Worcester and Habitat for Humanity. We also partner with the Career and Professional Development group and host events for students that help prepare them for their career path of interest. 
President Co-Chairs: Devyn Oliver, Rebecca Riding
Faculty Leaders: Mary Ellen Lane, Anthony Carruthers
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GSBS Cares 

GSBS Cares is a community service organization with elected chairs from the GSBS, but seeking involvement from all three schools.
Student Chairs: David Bing, Livio Dukaj

Industry Exploration (IndEx) Program

The primary objective of the group is to provide both graduate students and postdocs an opportunity to explore PhD level careers in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. We organize site visits in the MA and New England area to allow trainees to observe company cultures, learn about the structure and function of industry research and enhance their knowledge of careers in industry. The program also provides an opportunity to interact directly and network with industry professionals and obtain valuable career guidance.
Student Chairperson: Victoria (Ruhl) Pedanou
Faculty Advisors: Anthony Imbalzano, Cynthia Fuhrmann, Morgan Thompson
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International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology (ISPE) Student Chapter

This student chapter will meet regularly to discuss pharmacoepidemiology methods, share research in progress, and provide peer review.
Student Representative: Shao-Hsien Liu 
Faculty co-advisors:
Kate Lapane, Christine Ulbricht

MassTERi Entrepreneurship Club (eClub)

The UMMS MassTERi Entrepreneurship Club (eClub) is recruiting students and postdocs to serve on their steering committee and help organize their upcoming spring workshop series. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the business of science, particularly if you are thinking of transitioning into an industry career.
Student and Postdoc Steering Committee Members: Shuwen Cao, Socheata "Soki" Ly, Regino Mercado-Lubo, Kaycee Quarles
Club Advisor: Linda Plano
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MD/PhD Student Advisory Committee (MD/PhD SAC)

The MD/PhD SAC consists of students representing all MD/PhD class years and handles changes in MD/PhD programming and the organization of the MD/PhD retreat.
Student Leader: Jason Yang
Faculty Leader: Gyongyi Szabo

Student Affairs Committee (SAC) 

The SAC works with the SGA to address issues concerning students. 
Student Leader:
Faculty Leader: Timothy Gibson

Student Government Alliance (SGA) 

Established in 2011, the UMMS Student Government Alliance (SGA) is the overarching student governance body. The SGA consists of the two elected officials from each school’s student governance group and the student trustee. The SGA promotes student communication and collaboration across the three schools, and serves as a resource for communicating and working with campus administration. The SGA provides representation for students across the three schools on Faculty Council and Executive Council and other campus-wide governing bodies and committees. The SGA reports to the Provost, and addresses matters of importance to students and submits recommendations expressing student views and concerns to administration (Provost). The SGA oversees the campus student trustee election process. The SGA has a faculty advisor appointed by the Provost and in accordance with their bylaws, the Provost meets with the SGA at least once per semester (fall and spring).
Student Leaders: Philip Feinberg, Rachel Meyer, Alison Philbrook, Rebecca Riding, Yevin Roh, Caille Souza, Camilla Yu

Faculty Leader: Kendall Knight

Three Schools Committee (TSC) 

The TSC is composed of students from the SOM, GSN, and GSBS. This committee is charged with organizing events that appeal to students of all schools. 
Student Leaders: Evelyn Erickson, Zachary Kennedy
Faculty Leader: Kendall Knight

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