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Graduate Student Association

President's Welcome

Fall 2015

Dear Graduate Students,

Congratulations and welcome to the Medical University of South Carolina!  The College of Graduate Studies is proud to have you join our talented team of scientists who are committed to increasing the breadth of knowledge and excellence in biomedical research.  Our college offers numerous opportunities in research from Cancer Biology to Marine Biomedicine to Neurosciences, among others. A great system of teamwork and collaboration connects all of the programs, with each faculty member and student contributing their own element of expertise.

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 Senior Center, participate in beach clean-ups, build homes for Habitat for Humanity, and participate in campus-wide charity events. An additional outreach opportunity,  Graduates Reaching Out With Science (GROWS), is a fantastic chance to teach middle 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.

We highly encourage you to become involved in the GSA and attend the many social and service activities we offer. We also share opportunities for other service or social events that are happening in the Charleston community. Again, welcome to MUSC and Charleston!  On behalf of GSA, I wish you a productive and successful career here at MUSC and beyond.


James Atkison

GSA President



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