The Graduate Student Association (GSA) represents all Ph.D. and Master’s students at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Accordingly, the GSA acts as a liaison between the graduate student body and various University entities to ensure student needs are being fulfilled. The GSA offers many other services that aim to improve graduate student life.

Social Events

The GSA hosts numerous social events throughout the year to allow students from different SOM program to meet and connect


The GSA brings the ideals and opinions of the graduate students to University administrators, and reciprocally communicates the ideals and standards of the University to students


The GSA provides funding for student groups and sponsors travel grants to help cover the costs of attending a scientific conference


The GSA serves as a hub for information on all aspects of graduate student life

GSA Graduate White Coat Ceremony

This past April, graduate students in the School of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing who successfully completed their doctoral board exams and progressed to candidacy in the fall of 2019 were awarded white coats. Achieving candidacy is an important milestone in the PhD journey, and we were thrilled to have a virtual ceremony to celebrate our students!

COVID-19 Updates

The University has released a number of email communications in the past few weeks regarding COVID-19. Click to learn more and see how it might affect you.

Virtual Town Hall

The Office of Graduate Biomedical Education (OGBE), in partnership with the GSA, hosted its first virtual town hall on October 1st, 2020 and a second on December 14th, 2020. The first town hall featured 5 panelists and addressed student concerns regarding the start of the 2020-2021 academic year as well as the on-going COVID-19 situation. The second town hall addressed plans for the upcoming Spring semester.

Interested in hearing what was discussed? Click the links below.

GSA Survey Results

Interested in the GSA’s most recent developments? Click here to check out the 2019-2020 GSA survey and report

The mental health of our graduate students is incredibly important to us. If you need immediate assistance:

National Suicide Prevention Hotline:
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Crisis Text Line:
Text “hello” to 741741

If it’s an emergency, always dial 911.

Explore available on-campus and external resources below

Upcoming Events and Seminars:

GSA Student Spotlight

Each month, the GSA will be recognizing one graduate student (PhD or MS) who has achieved excellence academically, or in the community! 

Winners will receive a $25 gift card, GSA goodie bag, and will be featured right here on the GSA website!

Click the link below to learn more about the program and how to apply. Winners will be announced at the GSA general body meetings.


December 2021 Award Winners

Lisa Learman

Program: Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Lisa successfully defended her thesis in November and now works full-time as a Science Editor/Writer for the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She believes that the clear, compelling communication of scientific subjects to general audiences is essential to the well-being of humanity.

Lexi Rindone

Program: Biomedical Engineering

Lexi Rindone recently published a first-author manuscript in Nature Communications, titled, “Quantitative 3D imaging of the cranial microvascular environment at single-cell resolution.” Her work focused on developing an imaging platform to create 3D maps of blood vessels and stem cells in the mouse skull during postnatal growth, healing, and remodeling. These findings provide fundamental insight into how blood vessels interact with stem cells in the skull and will enable more targeted studies into the mechanisms of skull bone pathologies and regeneration.

Interested in nominating yourself, or a peer, for an award?

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