The Graduate Student Association (GSA) of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine acts as a liaison between the graduate student body and all other elements of The Johns Hopkins University. Accordingly, the GSA represents the opinions and ideals of the graduate student body to the faculty and administration, and it reciprocally communicates the ideals and standards of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to the graduate student body.
Each Ph.D. and Masters student at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is a member of the Graduate Student Association, and our mission is to provide resources to graduate students and serve as the center for student policy. Any issues or concerns can be brought to our attention and in turn will be brought to the attention of the upper administration. For example, Hopkins students previously didn’t have a maternity/paternity leave policy in place. In 2016, we helped create and implement this policy.
Additionally, we provide funding to student groups that range from activity groups such as the Hopkins Marathon Team and the Hopkins Swim Club to career-oriented groups such as the Hopkins Biotech Network or Project Bridge all the way to service-oriented groups such as the Shine Foundation and Hopkins LIFE. We also provide travel award funding to students who want to present their original research at a conference but whose labs can’t afford to send them there.
Lastly, we host social events to help you meet and socialize with your fellow graduates students and coordinate workshops and programming in conjunction with other university administrative offices to aid in many aspects of graduate student life including helping you learn how to find a job, network effectively, and communicate with your mentors.
The GSA hosts a monthly GSA meeting, open to any SOM graduate student, at 4:30pm the second Wednesday of every month in the GSA lounge. Come to our meetings (free food and drinks!) to learn what new and exciting things are happening (social events, policies, workshops, etc.) and how to get involved with the GSA!