Our students are creative, have significant previous research training, and are passionate about science. They actively participate in shaping their own education by designing research projects that cut across different research fields, by choosing one or more mentors to oversee their research projects, by taking courses tailored to their interests, and by running a research seminar that allows for open discussion of their research and that of others. In addition, the students are responsible for inviting speakers to our Seminar Series and take part in several student-run organizations, including:
- Biomedical Graduate Student Association: The BGSA sponsors events such as rafting and skiing trips as well as academic events such as the BGSA symposium. The latter includes poster sessions and the Nakada lecture,which is given by a distinguished scientist picked by the students. The BGSA also sponsors prizes and awards, including travel grants to students that want to attend national meetings.
- Graduate and Professional Students Association: The GPSA has a multitude of functions including providing funding for graduate and professional student governments, awarding of $100-$200 travel grants to students presenting at or attending conferences, free legal services, sponsorship of additional activities ranging from social functions to academic workshops, and representation on University committees such as Provost's Advisory Committees, University Senate Standing Committees, and many more.