JHSOM Graduate Student Association

Welcome to the GSA's New Website! Here you will be able to find a wide array of information and resources that we hope will benefit you at every stage of your graduate training at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine!

Please join our official HopkinsGroup Page by clicking the button below! This will give you access to discussion forums, event registrations, important GSA and SOM announcements, and many other features!



Who We Are:

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. Learn more about us and our Mission!

Take advantage of the wonderful amenities we have in our GSA Student Lounge! Scroll to the bottom of the page to learn more.

Curious about what we are up to behind the scenes? Check out our Advocacy Page to learn more about the work your GSA is doing for you!

Our Focus Areas:

Social Events

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


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


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 serves as a hub for information on all aspects of graduate student life. Check out the Student Resources tab at the top of the page.

Recent GSA and SOM News

Click the image below to read the new Constitution and Bylaws Document

The GSA Council recently ratified a new Constitution!

Why are we updating the constitution? With the presence of the Union, the GSA’s roles and priorities moving forward will change, we wanted a document that could outline our changing role dynamics to the graduate student community. In addition our previous constitution was too broad and we have in the past come across a lot rules (or lack thereof) which limit our ability to advocate for students as well as our ability to finance and recognize student groups. Lastly, Dr. Espenshade’s (Dean of Biomedical Education) office has been tasked with creating a written and formal process for how student groups are recognized as part of the SOM accreditation review which are now outlined in this document!

For a complete list of Recent News please check out our News Page.

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Apr 13, 2023 - Juliane Liberto

New GSA Constitution!

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Apr 13, 2023 - Juliane Liberto

Update on COVID-19 Related Protocols

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Mar 13, 2023 - Juliane Liberto

JUST RELEASED: 2022 GSA Survey Results are now available!

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Upcoming GSA Events

Click the image below to find out more information!

2023 GSA Week is COMING SOON!

Every Spring the JHUSOM GSA organizes a week of activities to show appreciation for graduate students and to recognize all that they contribute to the Johns Hopkins Community! Throughout GSA Week graduate students can find opportunities to socialize, unwind, network, and work on professional and personal development! Make sure you mark your calendars for the 2023 GSA Week! Your GSA Executives have been busy planning a week full of fun activities! We look forward to seeing and interacting with you all throughout the week!

Mental Health Matters

Explore available on-campus and external resources at the link below:

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.

General Body Meetings

The GSA hosts a monthly GSA general body meeting, open to any SOM graduate students, at 5:00 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month. Meetings are currently virtual by zoom.

Come to our meetings to learn about the new and exciting things that are happening (social events, policies, workshops, etc.) and how to get involved with the GSA!

Student Spotlight


Each month, the GSA will be recognizing two graduate students (PhD or MS) who have achieved excellence academically, or in the community!

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


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


🥳Congratulations to our May 2023 Winners!!🥳


Nicole Carter

Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology

Nicole is a passionate graduate student conducting excellent research while simultaneously being proactive about giving back to the community. She is instrumental in the lab and has mentored several graduate rotation students. As a part of the BC DEI Committee, she works towards making the department a more equitable and inclusive environment for work and to do science. She has made a positive impact by coordinating with and volunteering at Henderson-Hopkins for their Food Distribution and Holiday Gift programs. An organizer within the JHU Grad Workers Union TRU-EU, Nicole advocated for the union by answering questions to help students make an informed decision.


Scarlett Ge

Cellular and Molecular Medicine

As a second-year student, Scarlett is a co-author of two published papers and three more papers that are currently under review in Nature and Science Translational Medicine. Scarlett is also passionate about giving back to the community through volunteer work. She is actively engaged in the volunteering work at the local community, such as the second chance. She also volunteers at the university of Maryland hospital and recently went to south America and completed a community development project there.


Need - to - Knows

COVID-19 Updates

The COVID-19 Pandemic continues to be a fluid situation for all of us at Hopkins. Follow the link to learn more about the University's current information and updates on COVID-19.

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GSA Graduate White Coat Ceremony

The Graduate Coating Ceremony honors Ph.D. candidates who have passed their qualifying exams, transitioning from a Ph.D. student to a Ph.D. candidate. Each coat is embroidered with the student’s name and with a graduate student pin affixed, which represents the unity of each of the 16 Johns Hopkins University doctoral programs.

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GSA Survey Results

Are you interested in the GSA’s recent developments? Check out the most recent GSA survey results and read past years reports!

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The GSA Student Lounge

The GSA Lounge

Located in WBSB G-3, the GSA lounge offers ample seating and tables for students to relax, study, and host events! Come lounge in our comfy couch or even take a nap!

Two Mac Desktop Computers

Provided to the lounge by OGBE, these computers are available free to use! Just make sure you log off when you finish!

Free Printing

We have a free printer, courtesy of OGBE, in the lounge that you can use to print out your assignments and study notes!

Large Whiteboard & Markers

The GSA lounge is equipped with a large whiteboard and markers for you to use to optimize your study time!

Kitchen Amenities

The kitchen contains appliances such as Fridge/Freezer, Keurig, Microwave and much more! Please make sure to clean up after yourself so many can enjoy this space.

GSA Supply Rentals

If you want to borrow some supplies for an event your hosting, the GSA is happy to help. We have supplies such as lawn games, tables, drink coolers and more! Contact our VP of Events for more information!

Contact Us!

E: juliane.liberto@jhmi.edu

JHSOM Graduate Student Association

1915 E Madison St
Baltimore MD 21205

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Created by: Juliane Liberto. Page last updated: 04/23