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Non-Academic Opportunities in the Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Graduate Student Body Committee (GSBC) 

The Graduate Student Body Committee (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 Chan Medical School 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: Joe Magrino, Heather Learnard
Staff Advisor: Daryl Bosco, PhD
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Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Cares 

Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Cares is a community service organization with elected chairs from the Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, but seeking involvement from all three schools.
Student Chairs: Brent Horowitz, Melanie Walker

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 Massachusetts 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.
Co-chairs: Cansu Colpan and Socheata Ly
Faculty/Staff Advisors: Cynthia Fuhrmann, PhD
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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: Matthew Alcusky 
Faculty co-advisors:
Kate Lapane PhD, Christine Ulbricht PhD, MPH

MassTERi Entrepreneurship Club (eClub)

The Entrepreneurship Club (eClub) is a student and post-doctoral fellow-led initiative that was launched in 2014 as one of the key elements to the MassTERi program.
The MassTERi eClub has three goals: 1) Develop a community of entrepreneurs at UMass Chan that includes students, post-docs, staff, and faculty; 2) Inspire and foster an entrepreneurial culture at UMass Chan in both basic and translational research; 3) Provide opportunities for networking with a global community of innovators, scientists, and investors, as well as business and legal professionals.
eClub events are short and intense, and are designed to help participants gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to be successful entrepreneurs.
Steering Committee Members: Shuwen Cao, Nandhitha Umanaresh, Feng Wang
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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 Leaders: Peter Cruz-Gordillo, Chantal Ferguson, Jordan Smith
Faculty Leader: Gyongyi Szabo MD, PhD

Student Government Alliance (SGA) 

Established in 2011, the UMass Chan Student Government Alliance (SGA) is the overarching student governance body. The SGA consists of two elected officials from each school’s student governance group, two members-at-large from each school, an elected sustainability representative, 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).
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Currently Inactive Groups


The Bootstrappers is a student-led group facilitating informal learning communities among Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences students and postdocs.
Student Leader:
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