Our students can participate in a variety of activities through different student clubs and organizations. Information on these activities can be found on the webpages of the different organizations.
Graduate Student Council
The Graduate Student Council is the voice of the graduate students at GSBS. 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.
Tufts Biotech Group
The Tufts Biotech Group (TBG) is an active, business-oriented organization of scientists and physician scientists. They focus on interactions with business leaders in health and life sciences and support a robust program of speakers.
Tufts Biomedical Queer Alliance
Tufts Biomedical Queer Alliance connects and supports the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) community at the Tufts University Health Sciences Campus in Boston.
Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWiSE)
GWiSE is is a cross-campus group that connects and supports the graduate women in STEM fields. The group is also a local chapter of the New England area GWiSE.
Scientists Promoting INclusive Excellence/SACNAS (SPINES/SACNAS)
SPINES/SACNAS is 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. The SPINES/SACNAS leadership consists of GSBS students and fellows and strives to establish a welcoming community at GSBS where people of all feel nurtured and supported in achieving their scientific, personal, and intellectual goals.
Black Students Association
The Black Student Association’s mission is to create a platform for members of the Tufts University Health Sciences Campus to learn, understand and participate in the Black academic, social and cultural experiences. This platform will engage students and the broader Tufts community through student-led programs regarding the African Diaspora in the United States.
Resources for Easing Friction and Stress
Graduate students suffer from mental health disorders at a much higher rate than the general public. Therefore, we started Resources for Easing Friction and Stress (REFS) in 2018. REFS is a peer resource for graduate students who are in need of mental health support. Once a month, we will host an open and confidential meeting space to discuss mental health issues. Each meeting will start with a short meditation before we open the floor to students who want to share what they’re going through. We hope this group will help build community among students who are suffering from mental health issues and show each other that we are not alone in our struggles. For more information, please email Alyssa DiLeo.
Tufts Computational Biology Group
The goal of the Tufts Computational Biology Group is to create and expand the computational biology and bioinformatics resources available to the Tufts GSBS community. Our group will host informational workshops to help teach the community about useful tools such as NextGen Sequencing, RNASeq analysis and cover topics such as but limited to functional genomics, statistical genetics, and applications of AI in biomedical sciences. We hope to host bi-monthly open coding sessions available to all GSBS students to talk about useful R packages and go over any coding queries students may have. Additionally, we will host monthly seminars to invite guest speakers in the computational biology/bioinformatics field to give talks on their research and introduce novel technologies being used. Lastly, we will also send out monthly newsletters with information about relevant events in the Greater Boston/Cambridge area, and job/internship opportunities available to increase accessibility and awareness for GSBS community members who are interested in computational biology/bioinformatics.
The Graduate Student Basketball Club plays in the Tufts Intramural Basketball League against teams from the Medical and Dental schools. We also play pickup basketball during the offseason. If you interested or want more information, contact Liam Power.
Students can form other groups and apply for support for their activities through the Graduate Student Council. These organizations reflect the interests of the current student population and can change annually.