Skip to main content

Graduate Student Association

The purpose of the Biological Sciences Graduate Student Association is to increase camaraderie between all graduate students in Biological Sciences by holding social events throughout the school year, aiding in recruiting graduate students to the department, and helping graduate students through their qualifying exams and other phases of their graduate career.

What We Do

  • Organize the annual Department Retreat
  • Organize monthly social events and summer canoeing day trip
  • Host a departmental seminar with a grad-student-selected invited speaker each semester
  • Mock quals, where upper-level students help lower-level students prepare for their qualifying exam
  • Upper/lower level graduate student mentor/mentee program
  • Community outreach and service
  • Provide resources for international students
  • Organize an annual international culture event
  • Connect graduate students with lecture opportunities
  • Send out the monthly departmental newsletter
  • Make departmental t-shirts
  • Advocate for graduate student needs to the department administration and Graduate Student Council
2017-18 BSCI GSA Board
President Jessica Abner
Vice President Stephanie Birnbaum
Treasurer Kerri-Ann Anderson
Social Chair (& deputies) Bryan Joosse
Justin Critchlow
Stephen Ferguson
Education Chair Dylan Shropshire
Speaker Chairs Bryan Gitschlag
Noah Bradley
Secretary Jacob Steenwyk
Social Media Kate Snyder
Service Chair Parker Rundstrom
VP of International Affairs Luisa Jabbur
Professional Development Chair Cait Kirby


Follow us on Twitter