Graduate Student Council & Student Groups

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Graduate Student Council

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Graduate Student Council (GSC) is the voice of the graduate students. The Council is composed of two representatives from each graduate program, plus an MD/PhD program representative. The committee meets monthly to addresses academic and student life issues and to plan social and community service events.

The GSC arranges social events to increase school spirit. Past events have included a new student scavenger hunt, a Halloween party, Valentine’s Day candy and flower sales, and a Spring social event.

More information, including a full list of student representatives, can be found on the GSBS Student Portal.

GSC Relays

The Graduate Student Council plans the annual Relays, which brings the entire school together in a friendly athletic competition and picnic. Proceeds from the Relays go to the GSC Student Enrichment Fund, which supports student attendance at national and international scientific meetings.

Over the 25 years since its inception, this event has become one of GSBS’s most cherished traditions. The fun-filled afternoon brings our entire community together. Each program assembles a team of students, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, summer trainees and other interested program members to compete in a series of athletic events. Activities have changed over the years and have included events such as the mile run, 4x200 meter relay race, bicycle relay race, volleyball, tug o’ war, golf chip, obstacle course, and faculty dunk tank.

Immediately following the athletic events, competitors, colleagues, friends and family members enjoy a barbecue, and take part in a raffle with outstanding prizes. The Relays Cup commemorates the winning team.

Other Student Organizations

In addition to the Graduate Student Council, GSBS students can participate in a variety of activities through different student-run clubs and organizations. Currently active organizations include:

  • The Tufts Biotech Group (TBG), an active, business-oriented organization of scientists and physician scientists.
  • Tufts Biomedical Queer Alliance, which connects and supports the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) community on the Health Sciences Campus.
  • Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWiSE), a cross-campus group that connects and supports graduate women in STEM fields.
  • The Tufts Computational Biology Group, which aims to create and expand the computational biology and bioinformatics resources available to the Tufts GSBS community.
  • Tufts SACNAS, an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of underrepresented students, postdocs, staff, and their allies by providing educational, professional, academic, and social support through events.

For a full list of student organizations and contacts, see the GSBS Student Portal.