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Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is a group of students made up of elected and appointed students who help run student life at Penn State College of Medicine. The GSA helps to facilitate communication between the student body and program administration, as well as coordinate events such as the annual Research Forum to provide educational opportunities for all members of the Penn State College of Medicine community. Members of the GSA also try to help new students adjust to graduate school life through social and academic services.

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) executive and committee chairs are available to help you with any questions you may have. The GSA can assist you with most services available at Penn State. They can help you navigate campus and various offices around campus, or help find other student or local organizations.

GSA will also assist in finding answers to any questions you might have. Many University offices routinely refer students to GSA for questions on just about any subject. Any student who has a question for which they cannot find an answer should feel free to contact any one of the GSA executives listed below.

The GSA also welcomes volunteers to help with various GSA projects and we look forward to your suggestions to help us better serve Penn State graduate students. For ways to get involved in GSA, please contact a member or committee chair.

Contact GSA leadership See graduate student events

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GSA Groups

Active Minds Expand answer

Six dots arranged in an arc over the words "active minds" in blue and green on two lines, with letter "i" in each word replaced with a representational graphic of a person.

The issue: Student mental heath issues can be considered a weakness and shameful, and discussion may be discouraged. Some individuals feel they are the only ones suffering and keep silent.

The goal: Beat the negative, social stigma about mental health issues. Provide students with a safe environment where they are surrounded by those, in their community, who may struggle with the same issues or know someone who does. most importantly, provide and receive support and positive acknowledgement to and from the student community by letting others know they are not alone.


Chinese Students and Scholars Association Expand answer

Contact: Faculty Adviser Lihua Xu,


Graduate Women in Science Expand answer

GWIS is the Hershey Chapter of the national organization Graduate Women in Science. The mission of GWIS is to promote the advancement of women in science. The club has three main foci:

  1. Professional development
  2. Scientific outreach
  3. Uniting women on campus

We accomplish these through monthly events. Members also meet monthly to organize events, practice oral presentations, and discuss topics pertaining to women in science.


Business and Innovation Group Expand answer

These are professional development groups for advanced-degree students and postdocs who are interested in careers in management consulting. Our team of cross-trained professionals excel at quantitative analysis and problem solving, which are valuable skills in consultants.

The Business and Innovation Group aims to prepare students for consulting careers through real-world consulting experiences, case study workshops, educational talks from consultants and networking opportunities.


Physician Scientist Student Association Expand answer

The Physician Scientist Student Association (PSSA) is the governing body for all dual-degree MD/PhD students enrolled at Penn State College of Medicine. The purpose of this organization is to address the unique needs of MD/PhD students.

PSSA is responsible for organizing both professional and social events to facilitate vertical integration among all years of the Medical Scientist Training Program, working with program leadership to coordinate prospective student recruitment, and representing Penn State College of Medicine at the national level through the American Physician Scientist Association.


Public Health Association for Service and Education (PHASE) Expand answer

The mission of the Public Health Associate for Service and Education is to:

  • Increase public health literacy through education, advocacy, PHASE-sponsored events and community service
  • Provide members with the opportunity to engage with and give back to the community
  • Develop professional skills and relevant public health experience

Learn more about PHASE here