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Graduate Student Association


The Graduate Student Association plans and hosts several events throughout the year to encourage our members to get out of the lab and socialize with students working in different areas of research. These events provide our members a platform to network and develop long term friendships during their graduate school years and beyond.

New Student Social

This event is held annually in late August or early September to welcome new graduate students to the college and remove any misconceptions that the only thing graduate students do is work. 

Halloween Happy Hour

Around Halloween, GSA hosts an event where students can put down the books and pipets and pick up some wings and appetizers, making new friends and finding out what everyone has been doing since the New Student Social. 


Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

Yes, we go there. The ugly Christmas Sweater Party is everything the name implies. Members go all out to find the most over the top and hideous shirts/sweaters around for this pre-holiday event. Normally there is a requested donation for a local Christmas charity.


GSA Cocktail Party

This premier event happens normally in February or March and is the occasion where students and professors alike enjoy a great evening together. Science and socializing mix for an awesome night that is talked about all year long. For the past several years, we have hosted the event at Marion's In The French Quarter, and they have been wonderful nights full of memories.


Spring Picnic

What is better than a BBQ with a jump castle? When everyone is finishing up spring classes and preparing to actually get some research done in the summer, GSA throws our annual picnic to celebrate members who are graduating and enjoy the spring Charleston weather.

Summer Happy Hour

Throw off the lab coat and meet us downtown for an evening of relaxing with friends and reminiscing about what we do when we were not doing research.



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