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Student Organizations

Students attending a workshop

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.

Mentoring Circles

Mentoring circles are designed to provide a safe and confidential space for GSBS students to seek advice and get varied perspectives in a forum of peers and recent alumni. In conjunction with the Tufts Postdoctoral Association's Mentoring Program students are groups with like-minded peers and mentors to discuss topics such as career development including planning, interviewing and networking skills, time management strategies, life-work balance and professional development skills. Email Mentoring Circles.

Biomedical Business Club

The Tufts Biomedical Business Club (TBBC) 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. The group also sponsors the New England Case Competition.

Tufts New England Case Competition

Tufts New England Case Competition is an annual event that brings trainees from across to United States and is the only case competition in the New England area that focuses on the life sciences industry. The competition is held in August each year and focuses on a structured problem related to life sciences.

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 (SPINES)

SPINES has a goal of providing educational, professional, academic, and social support through events to underrepresented students, postdocs, staff, and their allies. SPINES 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.

Leisurely Science Discussion

Leisurely Science Discussion is a recreational, interdisciplinary journal club where students and post-docs come together to discuss new and exciting research. Each meeting centers around a casual discussion of a selected publication or article. Meetings emphasize discussion of the bigger picture and scientific tangents are encouraged.

Resources for Easing Friction and Stress

The Resources for Easing Friction and Stress (REFS) program trains PhD students in conflict resolution, stress management, and mental health awareness in order to offer private support to peers in the graduate community. REFS is available for GSBS graduate students throughout their graduate career to guide them through any stressful or difficult life events. If you are interested in becoming an REFS or taking on a leadership position, contact the program director, Alyssa DiLeo.

The Journal of Emerging Investigators (JEI)

The Journal of Emerging Investigators (JEI) was founded by graduate students at Harvard in 2011 and is managed exclusively by graduate students and post-docs today. Using scientific peer review, JEI helps students around the world turn their projects into professional manuscripts, while teaching them to think, read, and write about science. Staff at JEI gain valuable professional experience in manuscript editing and review, as our Editorial Manager platform is the same used by Cell Press and Nature, and gain opportunities to network with professional science journals.  Tufts has formed a new chapter of JEI and hopes to build a sense of community for our own self-contained editorial board. We are committed to advancing the mission of JEI and to serve not only as editors but educators to a new generation.

Basketball Club

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 Linus Williams.

Other Clubs

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.

Career Workshop

Career Opportunities

We provide workshops, seminars and internship opportunities that help students prepare for their future careers.

Student working in the lab

Student Awards

Student awards recognize research achievement and celebrate the accomplishments of our students.