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 to welcome new graduate students to the college and remove any misconceptions that the only thing graduate students do is work.
This year we started having regular afternoon tea times where students, postdocs, and faculty can grab a few snacks, socialize, and network in a convenient, low key atmosphere. The best part of this event is that it is located right on campus so it’s extremely convenient and no one has an excuse not to attend!
Fall Happy Hour
Sometime mid-fall, 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 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. Again, there are charity donations and raffles.
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.