Graduate Student Association
Dear Graduate Students,
Congratulations on your acceptance to the Medical University of South Carolina! We are proud to welcome you to the College of Graduate Studies, and wish you nothing but the best while you are pursuing your higher education degree. Our college contains a team of highly dedicated scientists, dedicated to increasing the breadth of scientific knowledge and excellence in biomedical research. You are entering an environment full of scientific drive, passion and a strong will to collaborate with researchers and physicians all over.
The Graduate Student Association (GSA) provides a great way to interact with fellow students and faculty. The GSA is a student-run organization with representatives from all departments of the Graduate Studies program. Our mission is to provide the best possible experience for graduate students by hosting social events, voicing any student concerns to the administration and faculty, and arranging community service opportunities. Each year GSA organizes social events that include the new student social, happy hours, winter cocktail party and a faculty-student spring picnic. We are also devoted to service in our community. Throughout the year we serve dinner at a local Senior Center, participate in beach clean-ups, build homes for Habitat for Humanity, visit local animal shelters, assist with the Urban Garden on campus, and participate in campus-wide charity events. The GSA also provides an excellent outreach opportunity through our Graduates Reaching Out With Science (GROWS) program. This provides students with a fantastic opportunity to teach middle and high school students in the Charleston area about the basic biology behind common medical problems and to introduce them to related opportunities in research. GROWS also gives students an excellent opportunity to gain teaching experience with pre-set learning modules and activities to use in the classroom.
We highly encourage you to become involved in the GSA and attend the many social and service activities we offer. Again, welcome to MUSC and Charleston! On behalf of GSA, I wish you a productive and successful career here at MUSC and beyond.