Student Groups

Updated 11/1/18

Here is a listing of the student groups at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. If the group has a website, their name will link to it. You can also find listings of student groups run by the School of Public Health, the Medical students, and the Homewood campus.

If you’re a student group looking for information about GSA recognition and funding, need a reimbursement, or want to submit a past event for our blog check out the GSA Documents page.

Biomedical Scholars Association
Contact: Sara Haile (
The Biomedical Scholars Association (BSA) is a tri-school organization whose missions are to support minority graduate students in the Biomedical Sciences and to promote diversity and inclusion within the larger JHMI community. We organize events throughout the year and hold monthly meetings open to all on the first Monday of the month at 12:30pm. Visit our new website at

Graduate Women Empower Network (GWEN)
Contact: Jackie Pham (,
The mission of the Graduate Women Empowerment Network (also known as GWEN) is to connect, inspire, and empower women by building a network and to increase the representation of women with graduate degrees at all levels of STEM professions, especially promoting those seeking leadership roles. If you are interested in getting involved with GWEN, please email us at

Hopkins Biotech Network (HBN)
Contact: Jessica Joseph (
HBN’s mission is to create a stronger biotech community which addresses the diverse interests and career aspirations of its members. We at HBN focus on critical issues in biotechnology and seek to bridge the gap between the three main stakeholders in the biotech field: industry, academia, and government. HBN serves Johns Hopkins University trainees across all campuses and disciplines, who are interested in pursuing careers in the field of biotechnology, provide networking opportunities, skills-based professional development workshops, alumni engagement, and mentoring for aspiring entrepreneurs at many levels of training. HBN connects all JHU campuses and works closely with many University and regional partners to grow our biotechnology ecosystem.

The Hopkins Blue Jay Herald 
Contact: Emmanuel Datan (
The mission of the group and its newsletter (aka Hopkins Herald) is to compliment formal graduate biomedical training with non-academic information that improves student experience and success at Hopkins in addition to helping students navigate obstacles during training like improving mentor-mentee relationship. Helpful information in Hopkins Herald are currently categorized as: Advances in MedicineNovel Tools and MethodologiesPeek in HistoryJob PostingsBargain items within HopkinsResearch Vendor Deals/EventsGSA Events/Announcements and Mission/Authors/Editors.

Hopkins Dance
Contact: Elena Lopez Ortega (
Hopkins Dance organizes dancing social events and group lessons of different dance styles. No partner or previous experience required!

Hopkins Engineering & Medicine Exchange (HEME)
Contact: Joseph Yu (
We seek to bring together future clinicians, nurses, public health officials, engineers, and scientists to share expertise, unique insights, and technical capabilities to solve problems that span the continuum of care.

Hopkins Hikers
Contact: Kyla Britson (
The goal of Hopkins Hikers is to bring together both avid and aspiring outdoor enthusiasts in the Johns Hopkins community, and provide a platform to explore everything the greater Baltimore area has to offer.

Hopkins Honey
Contact: Jeremy Thorpe (
Honeybees pollinate one third of our food source. They play a central role in local ecosystems and provide a valuable commodity that can be incorporated into a healthy nutrition plan. Recently colony collapse disorder entered headlines around the world when bee colonies began to die for unknown reasons, raising concerns about local pollination. Our goal is to maintain a beehive at the Johns Hopkins East Baltimore Medical campus for pollination, honey production, and educational purposes. The Hopkins Honey (HH) beehive will benefit East Baltimore landscape and be used, along with seminars hosted by HH, to educate the Hopkins community about the role of bees in a healthy ecosystem, honey as part of a healthy diet, and honey as therapy against allergies.

Hopkins Improv
Contact: Cristina Rossi (
We are the new Johns Hopkins Improv Club. Improv is a type of comedy theater … where the actors make up the scene on the spot! It is a lot of fun, and also a great way to step out of your comfort zone, and form close bonds in a judgment-free environment. Are you the kind of person who would never be on a stage? Think again: some of us found improv helpful to improve our communication skills. Or you can simply come watch. We will organize events to go see Improv shows and organize Improv classes, no experience needed to join! Want to be involved with the group? Check out our website , facebook page or email us at 

Hopkins Marathon Team (HMT)
Contact: Katherine Robsky (,
The Hopkins Marathon Team (HMT) is a university-wide student group comprised primarily of students from the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and School and Public Health dedicated to promoting personal health and fitness through running. We aim to provide an environment in which both novice and seasoned runners may thrive and achieve personal goals related to long-distance running, whether this means finishing a half marathon or marathon, setting a new personal record or simply finding a running community. HMT organizes weekly long runs in and around Baltimore, provides structured training plans, hosts social events, and encourages experienced runners to give personalized and supportive training advice to novice runners. Anyone interested in joining can sign up for our newsletter on our website ( or Facebook page ( to find out when our next group run is and just show up for the run.

Hopkins Votes!
Contact: Dmitriy Bobrovnikov (
Hopkins Votes is a student group that tables around the JHMI campus to help register voters for upcoming elections. Students involved with Hopkins Votes participate in the democratic process by helping individuals around campus register to vote and answer any questions those individuals might have about voter registration.

JHU Chapter of the Thomistic Institute
Contact: Merideth McGuire (
The Johns Hopkins University Chapter of the Thomistic Institute exists to strengthen the intellectual formation of the Johns Hopkins community, especially that of the biomedical scientists and health practitioners that make up its greater part, and to unite it in meaningful discussions about the nature of life and of the world that we encounter as a collective. Drawing upon the rich intellectual tradition of the Catholic Church and based, in particular, on the thought of the great Western philosopher St. Thomas Aquinas, the Universal Doctor of the Church, we seek to expound on the complementarity of faith and reason, as well as on their necessity for ensuring the holistic growth of man, who continues to seek new and innovative ways of engaging with the contemporary world. View our Facebook page!

JH Biotech Investment Group (JHBIG)
Contact: Peter Anderson (
Career focused student group aimed at preparing students for careers in biotech investing: equity research, venture capital, and pharma management

Johns Hopkins Graduate Consulting Club (JHGCC)
Contact: Agostino Pozzi (
The Hopkins Graduate Consulting Club (JHGCC) is a graduate student-led group at the Johns Hopkins University that serves members across the Homewood campus, the East Baltimore medical campus and Carey Business School. Our goal is to prepare candidates towards consulting as a viable option by providing them with the expertise that was needed to forge a new career path. JHGCC helps graduate students prepare for a career in consulting through hosting case interview workshops, case competitions and providing pro bono consulting opportunities. You can also visit our website at

Johns Hopkins Science Policy Group (JHSPG)
Contact: Kaitlin Wood (
We are the Johns Hopkins Science Policy Group (JHSPG), a group of Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institute (JHMI) that advocates for and communicates about science policy at both the local and federal level. To fulfill our mission, JHSPG has three committees devoted to Advocacy, Communication, and Engagement. We provide JHMI graduate students and postdoctoral fellows experiential opportunities in science policy and communication.

Johns Hopkins Swim Club
Contact: Wayne (Taylor) Cottle (
Learn to swim and do swim practices!

JHU Graduate Christian Fellowship/InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Contact: Kyra Waligora (
The Johns Hopkins University Graduate Christian Fellowship (GCF) is a community of Christians from a variety of denominational backgrounds, and those interested in the Christian faith. We are a chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF), a national, inter-denominational organization created to build Christian fellowship and outreach in the academic world. Persons of all beliefs and backgrounds can freely come to learn about God and the Bible or to participate in any of our activities.

Leadership Initiative for the Environment (LIFE)
Contact: Sue Kulason (
The Leadership Initiative for the Environment (LIFE) student group is committed to educating students, faculty, and staff at Hopkins on the benefits of sustainable, environmentally-friendly practices on and off campus. LIFE plays an integral role in connecting the Sustainability Network of Johns Hopkins to the community by interacting with directors, management, and the Facilities department.

Life Fellowship
Contact: Nelson Song (
We are a Chinese focused group seeking the meaning of the life in God.

Love for the Animals of Baltimore (LAB)
Contact: Erica Avery (
“Love for Animals of Baltimore” or LAB aims to work with both the MD SPCA and BARCS animal shelters. Anyone is welcome to join and we advertise meetings with the GSA Digest.

Modern Board Game Society
Contact: Stephanie Yang (
Come play modern board games! The Modern Board Game Society plays strategy board and card games like Settlers of Catan, Codenames, 7 Wonders, and Coup. We meet weekly to play games at the JHMI campus. Rules are clearly explained for every game so everyone is welcome and no previous experience is required.

Muslim Student Association
Contact: Mariam Bhuiyan (
The Johns Hopkins Graduate Muslim Student Association (JHGMSA) aims to enrich the social and spiritual lives of Muslims at Johns Hopkins University. We promote interaction and communication among all students of the various graduate programs on the East Baltimore and Homewood campuses by hosting events that increase understanding, tolerance, and appreciation of cultures and religions.

Contact: Lisa Learman (
The Note-O-Chords is a student-run a cappella group for graduate students, medical students, and other members of the Hopkins community. We rehearse every week for 1 hour in the Armstrong Medical Education Building. The group sings a diverse repertoire of music, ranging from oldies to modern pop. Favorites of our last season include Build Me Up Buttercup, Man in the Mirror, Work, and Can’t Hold Us. No auditions are required for the Note-A-Chords and we welcome all skill levels.

Partnering Toward Discovery
Contact: Joe Fischer (
The Partnering Toward Discovery series is a forum that brings together not only our entire student population, but also clinicians and researchers at all levels to interact and learn about the different facets of specific research projects at Johns Hopkins. Faculty members are also invited and encouraged to attend in order to further enrich the discussions and build partnerships with students.

Project Bridge

Contact: Emma Spikol ( or Cody Call (

The mission of Project Bridge is to both foster public interest in scientific research and sharpen our volunteers’ communication skills as scientists. To meet these goals, we plan two types of events: scientific outreach events and scientific communication workshops. We hold demonstration booths at local farmers markets, science cafés, and larger events such as the Baltimore Brain Fest. To promote our growth as scientists, we elevate our communication skills through workshops. To become involved please subscribe to our list-serv and come to our informational meeting in September. For further questions please visit our website.

Contact: Lionel Rodriguez (
SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists, from college students to professional, to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership.

Singapore Graduate Association
Contact: Chin Siang Ong (
The aim of the Johns Hopkins Singapore Graduate Association is to connect graduate students, postdocs and hospital fellows/physicians, who are from Singapore, share a cultural affinity to Singapore, or are interested in Singaporean culture. Our Facebook group (linked in name) is our main forum to post and share information, and to organize gatherings, e.g. dim sum. Please contact us for more information.

Contact: Ayon Nandi (
We are a club which is open to Hopkins students from all schools, as well as faculty and staff who wish to practice and improve their public speaking skills.


Contact: Maria Goodson (

Thread engages underperforming high school students confronting significant barriers outside of the classroom by providing each one with a family of committed volunteers and increased access to community resources. We foster students’ academic advancement and personal growth into self-motivated, resilient, and responsible citizens. These students and volunteers form Thread families where they build reciprocal and transformative relationships to help each other through the ups and downs of life. Our students consistently defy the odds: 87% of our students have graduated from high school within six years, and 83% of our students have completed a college degree or certificate program. To join, sign up on our website (, choosing to either learn more and attend an information session, or get started right away and attend a training session. If you have any questions, contact the Campus Recruiter, Maria Goodson,