History and Purpose

The Graduate Biosciences Society (GBS) was founded in 1989 to act as the organizing body and faculty liaison for graduate students in those departments and interdisciplinary programs affiliated with the UVA School of Medicine. Today, we have over 380 members!

Meet the GBS Council

Executive Committee

President - Tori Osinski (vo3sc@virginia.edu)

President – Tori Osinski (vo3sc@virginia.edu)

Vice President – Jeremy Shaw (jjs3ge@virginia.edu)

Secretary – Ellen Mintz (em4ca@virginia.edu)

Treasurer – Cassie Robertson (ccr5ju@virginia.edu)











Committee Chairs & Dept. Representatives

You could be our next Committee Chair! This is a great way to diversify your skill set, boost your resume, and make great friends! If you’re interested, email Tori at vo3sc@virginia.edu. Descriptions for Committee Chairs and Department Representatives are below:

GBS Department Representatives:

One representative from each degree-granting program that falls under membership of GBS (full list below). Representatives will attend GBS Council Meetings to stay up-to-date on the GBS on-goings and act as a liaison between their respective department and GBS (ie, notifying GBS of department-specific events and vis-versa). We also hope that Representatives might consider getting involved with one of the committees listed below (this could be as minimal as helping with one event, to becoming an integral part of the committee!).

Degree-granting programs:

  1. Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
  2. Biology
  3. Biomedical Engineering
  4. Biophysics
  5. Cell Biology
  6. Chemistry
  7. Experimental Pathology
  8. Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer biology
  9. Molecular Physiology & Biological Physics
  10. Neuroscience
  11. Pharmacology

For all committees, we (the Council) will select 1-2 individuals to serve as chairs and all other committee members may participate voluntarily and based on interest. Chairs will be responsible for overseeing the planning and execution of committee events and managing the event budgets by working with the GBS Treasurer.

The Social, Service & Outreach Committee will develop plans for volunteering efforts and social events throughout the year. Examples of these events include: Happy hours, fundraising for and cooking meals at the Ronald McDonald House, trail restoration, summer events.

The Academic Committee is responsible for planning academic events such as Faculty Chats and the annual Spring Symposium.

The Professional Committee is responsible for planning professional events including Career Panels, Webinars, and the NIH Career day. The Professional Committee will also be responsible for maintaining the GBS LinkedIn page.