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The Formation of A Biomedical Graduate Student Network

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Author: Milos Marinkovic | Category: Of Interest | Beyond The Bench | March 29, 2016

The UTHSCSA Graduate Student Association (GSA) hosted its first-of-its-kind meeting of graduate student leaders on March 12 from across the UT-System.

In addition to the Health Science Center, the meeting featured graduate students from UTHSC-Houston, UT-Southwestern, UT-Austin, UT-Dallas, UT-Arlington, UTSA, UTMB and UTHSC-Tyler. 

The purpose of the meeting was to increase inter-institutional cooperation as well as to establish new mechanisms for biomedical sciences graduate students to collaborate and pursue joint initiatives.

Dr. David Weiss opened the meeting by speaking about the importance of student-led initiatives in graduate student development and praised the GSA’s successful organization of Science Fiesta. UT-System Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dr. Kevin Lemoine reiterated support for graduate students’ initiatives to enhance training and career development.

The meeting was led by graduate student, Milos Marinkovic, and featured presentations from Ahsan Choudhury and Travis Block of UTHSCSA and Brant Gracia from UT-Austin.

Dr. Teresa Evans also spoke about multi-intuitional efforts to improve graduate student career development. After lunch, the students discussed challenges and opportunities for student-lead initiatives on their campuses and exchanged ideas on how to best implement collaboration across their institutions.

The students agreed to establish a “Biomedical Graduate Student Network” as an association of individual Biomedical GSAs from across Texas and elected UTHSCSA’s Milos Marinkovic to serve as Chair. 

To kick-off their joint efforts, the group intends to draw graduate students form the entire UT-System to this year’s Mikiten Graduate Research Symposium at UTHSCSA. 

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