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 register!

Save the Date! Your Spring Formal is here!

Prepare to be swept away into a world of enchantment at The Moonflower Gala, presented by the Graduate Student Association! Immerse yourself in the vibrant colors and the blossoming beauty of the spring season as we host an unforgettable evening of elegance, entertainment, and enchantment.

We bring back the highly anticipated and much beloved celebration that many of you have been asking for! The GSA Spring Formal: The Moonflower Gala. It will be held April 26, 2024, at the unique and one of kind space, the Assembly Room, from 7:00-11:00pm.

Tickets sales are OPEN (only a few spots remain!) You can purchase  here:  https://cglink.me/2dh/r1950185

Tickets are $35 per person and are first come first serve.

School of Medicine graduate students will be able to purchase up to two (2) tickets in which the first ticket must be Hopkins-affiliated and the second can be non-Hopkins affiliated. Tickets are first come first serve and are NON-REFUNDABLE. Tickets can be transferrable to another SOM graduate student. Only School of Medicine Graduate Students are allowed to purchase tickets.

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for specific event details.

  1. What: GSA Spring Formal: The Moonflower Gala
  2. When: April 26, 2024, 7:00pm-11:00pm
  3. Who: JHUSOM Grad Students and their Guests
  4. Where: The Assembly Room
  5. How Much: $35 per person
  6. Tickets: Available March 6, 2024 at 12:00pm on Hopkins Groups
  7. Registration: Hopkins Groups https://cglink.me/2dh/r1950185
  8. Dress Code: Formal

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

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Mental Health Matters

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 Hotline:
Text "hello" to 741741

If it's an emergency, always dial 911

Upcoming GSA Events

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 or third Wednesday of every month. Meetings are currently in person held at PCTB113.

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!


Learn More

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 March 2024 Winners!!­🥳


Irika Sinha


Irika is an exceptional advocate for her fellow students. She currently serves as a member of the TRU-UE bargaining committee and has been working to improve the working conditions for all PhD students across the university by donating countless hours of her time to this cause. Furthermore, she has been successful in her career development. She completed an industry internship at Arcus Biosciences to start the year where she brought publicly available genomic perturbation datasets in-house and mined genomic perturbation datasets for relevant cancer target interactions and new target validation.​


Rodnie Colon-Ortiz


During this current school year Rodnie has seen exceptional success in scientific endeavors. He has presented his research at multiple conferences. He also recently had some of his PhD work published in his first 1st author publication. "Cocaine regulates antiretroviral therapy CNS access through pregnane-x receptor-mediated drug transporter and metabolizing enzyme modulation at the blood brain barrier" in the Springer Nature Journal, "Fluids and Barriers of the CNS" ​


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: gsa@jhmi.edu

JHSOM Graduate Student Association

1915 E Madison St
Baltimore MD 21205


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Created by: Juliane Liberto. Page last updated: 04/24