Apple Picking at Rock Hill Orchard and Woodbourne Creamery

The GSA went apple picking September 30th at Rock Hill Orchard in Mount Airy, MD and tried out (probably a little too much of) ice cream from the onsite Woodbourne Creamery! After an initial ice cream sampling, the corn maze was the first thing conquered by our grad students. We then browsed through both the upper and lower orchards to find varieties such as Golden Delicious, Royal Empire, Jonagold de Coster, Jonathan, Red Delicious, Stayman, and Melrose. At the end of the day, we treated ourselves to, you guessed it, more ice cream! Woodbourne Creamery raises their own Guernsey cows developed by french monks on the island of Guernsey. These cows are known for superior milk, and we definitely agree the ice cream should be tried by all.

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GSA Hike with Hopkins Hikers

The GSA hit the trails this August 5th for a hike in the Catoctin Mountain park​. After a week of thunderstorms, the weather cleared up so we could enjoy the beautiful rolling hills in western Maryland. The hike was lead by Kyla Britson, Kathleen Cunningham, and Michael Ketcha who have started a new student group: Hopkins Hikers. If you were disappointed to miss this hike, never fear! Hopkins Hikers will be leading hikes every month so keep your eyes on the GSA digest to catch future events.

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Monthly Movie Night: Power Rangers

With a blast from the past, this re-envisioning of the Power Rangers’ origins was enjoyed along with pizza and drinks last night in the GSA lounge!

GSA Week: Cookout and Pirate Cruise

For Friday and the final day of GSA week, we hosted a cookout in the PCTB courtyard in the afternoon and then took 50 students on the Urban Pirates cruise in Baltimore Harbor!

Thanks for everyone who came out to GSA week to make it a great time and until next time, Arrr Mateys!!

GSA Week: Ice Cream Social with The Charmery

For Thursday of GSA Week, The Charmery came and served us up some fantastically yummy ice cream (even dairy free!) with great toppings and temperature sensitive spoons! We were able to serve 150 people ice cream in less than an hour for this event. Thanks to everyone who came and to The Charmery!

GSA Week AVAM Night

Thank you all so much for the great turnout for Wednesday’s GSA week event, the GSA Night at the Museum Social and Awards Ceremony! I had a lot of fun, and I hope everyone else had a wonderful time as well enjoying the included food, drinks, amazing art, and awards. I wanted to announce this year’s winners for our inaugural awards:

GSA Program Representative of the Year Award: Joelle Dorskind from the CMM program for her dedication to the GSA and her program
GSA Student Group Leader of the Year Award: Alex Mims Pike for her work in LIFE (Leadership Initiative for the Environment)
GSA Community Service of the Year Award: Daniel Pham for his work in Project Bridge and Brain Fest
GSA Executive Board’s Choice for Citizen of the Year Award: Adler Archer for his pioneering work in developing a Diversity Council at the School of Medicine

I think I speak for the rest of the GSA executive board, and the school in general, when I say that we all sincerely appreciate what you all do for the GSA, the school, and our communities. We appreciate your hard work and dedication, and wish you all the best for the future. Personally, I cannot think of a more deserving set of individuals to be recognized. Congratulations, again! I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank the GSA executive board for all their hard work in planning this weeks’ events, as well as my amazing husband (and fellow PhD student) John Bettridge, as well as our wonderful administrator Eric Lee, for their large parts in planning this awards ceremony. A shout-out to the members of the Xiao lab- Xiaoli Weng, Max White, Joshua McCausland, and Xinxing Yang, for helping me with much of the physical labor for the event planning.


GSA Week: Wine and Cheese Poster Session

We revived the longstanding student poster competition (plus wine and cheese) for Tuesday of GSA week. Everyone at the poster competition did a superb job. It was really amazing to see the diversity of everyone’s work, and to meet new people. Congratulations to these winners! And a special thank-you to our wonderful President-Elect, Ashley Cook, who almost single-handedly organized this poster competition with great success.

Without further ado, here are this year’s winners:

1st & 2nd year awards:
1. Chin Siang Ong
2. Suraj Kannan
3. Emily Hsiue

3rd year & up awards:
1. Travis Babola
2. Michelle Levine
3. (tied) Kevin Monk & Kathleen Cunningham


GSA Week: Omelettes by the Omelette Guys

Thanks to everyone who came down to the GSA lounge for to start off GSA week last Monday with a bang! The Omelette Guys served up 75 omelettes for our hungry graduate students to start off a very successful GSA week!

Monthly Movie Night: Space Jam

With a blast from the past, Space Jam arrived in the GSA lounge for students to watch while enjoying pizza this past Tuesday!