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Minutes from the first meeting of the new school year!

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GSA meeting

September 3, 2013


The graduate student association is Student-led organization aiming to unify the UTHSCSA graduate student body

  • Every enrolled graduate student is automatically a GSA member
  • ~ 650 Graduate Students
  • The GSA is governed by officers comprised of student representatives from various programs

3 main facets of the student experience

  • Academic Environment
    • Guidance in choosing mentors/labs to help students progress in their research, writing workshops, career development, Mikiten Research Forum
    • Activities
      • The GSA sponsors activities for graduate students to enhance student life and to facilitate social interactions. The GSA collaborates with the Student Government Association and other UTHSCSA student organizations
      • Advocacy
        • GSA addresses issues that may affect students at UTHSCSA
          • Changes in parking policy and health insurance, for example
  • GSA collects student feedback and generates resolutions that are brought up at SGA meetings
  • The GSA nominates members to serve as graduate student representatives on various committees of the Health Science Center and The University of Texas System


  • Linda M. McManus, PhD
    • F-Troop
      • A hands-on writing workshop
      • ALL GRADUATE STUDENTS (including and especially first years) SHOULD ATTEND!
      • Meetings are held weekly, on Wednesdays, at 5:00 pm in Room 331.5B in the Medical School (Department of Pathology Conference Room), starting next week September 11, 2013.
      • Light refreshments are provided by the GSBS Dean.
      • The handbook is available online through the UTHSCSA website
      • F-Grants can be submitted before passing the qualifying

Student Services

  • Library
  • Counseling services
    • (210) 567-2648
    • Medical Building Rm 101F

Office of Student Life

  • Student Health Insurance
  • Jeff Jackson x2651
  • Student health clinic

University Ombudsperson

Social Events

  • Ice cream social
  • Bake sales
  • Group activities
  • Monthly meetings (with food!)


  • “Good and welfare” at the end of every meeting
    • Discuss how things are going both in and out of lab


GSA Officers

President – Peter LoCoco

Vice-President – Stacey Stahl

Secretary – Calais Williams

GSA committee representatives: Mikaela Sifuentes and Elizabeth Fucich




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