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 learn more about our Advocacy Work!

Wow! What a year it has been!

The GSA is excited to share a summary of some of the accomplishments that we have had over the past academic year.  It has been an absolute pleasure working alongside both students and JHU administration as we work together to make Hopkins the best place to obtain your graduate degree.

Read more details about our Advocacy at the link below!

Advocacy Updates

Don't hesitate to reach out to the GSA with any questions or ideas on how the GSA can better support you! We are here to help!

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

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Sep 1, 2023 - Juliane Liberto

September 2023 Newsletter

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August 2023 Newsletter

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New! PDCO Jobs Board

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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 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!


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 June 2023 Winners!!­🥳


Akshaya Annapragada

Biomedical Engineering

This year, Akshaya co-first authored a paper on blood tests for early detection of liver cancer that was published in Cancer Discovery, and presented an abstract on her work at the AACR Annual Meeting (American Association for Cancer Research). She was a winner of the JHU Career Impact Award, which was awarded to ten individuals across the university (including students, faculty, staff and alumni) for efforts in support of the Johns Hopkins Community. Finally, she published five articles in the JHU Biomedical Odyssey Blog on topics ranging from Baltimore area activities to health care policy.


Ashwin De Silva

Biomedical Engineering

Ashwin has been investigating the effect of out-of-distribution (OOD) data in machine learning problems through the lens of statistical learning theory during the past year alongside his collaborators in UPenn. This work was recently accepted to the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) 2023 that would be held in Honolulu, Hawaii this July. Previous versions of this work have been presented at workshops organized within NeurIPS and the European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV) in 2022. In the latter workshop which was on the topic of OOD generalization in computer vision, it was recognized as the best short paper. More recently, he started working on formalizing a novel machine learning framework dubbed prospective learning. It aims to reframe the classical machine learning problem to handle dynamic futures that are partially learnable. This would have the potential to more accurately model real-world learning problems and lead to a better understanding of both artificial and natural intelligences. A preliminary work on prospective learning was accepted to the Conference on Lifelong Learning Agents (CoLLAs) 2023 that would be held in Montreal, Canada this August. This work lays the foundation to developing more grounded theory and algorithms surrounding prospective learning in the coming months.


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: 08/23