Events History


Rutgers Day - Saturday April 28 on Busch Campus


Annual Graduate Student Symposium - Friday March 23, 2018 from 10am-5:30pm in Life Science Building. Keynote Speaker Daria Hazuda, PhD and scientists from local pharma attending.  For the program booklet, click here.

Oral Presentations:
First place: Juan-Carlos Collantes
Second place: Cosmas Mwikirize
Second place: Jenna Newman

First place: Anna Giarratana
Second place: Larry Cheng
Second place: Praveen Bommareddy


Darwin Day - Monday February 12 at 12pm, RWJMS V10. Speaker Rob DeSalle, PhD.


Game Night and Dinner - Thursday January 25 at 6pm in RWJMS Deans Conference Room 123




Holiday Party, Thursday December 14 at 6pm in RWJMS Great Hall


Distinguished Lecture: Eric Kandel, MD, November 1 at 4pm, Main Auditorium, RWJMS


STEM Halloween Party: October 26 at 6pm, Great Hall, RWJMS


Orientation Scavenger Hunt - August 30 at 3:30pm, Life Sciences Auditorium


Orientation Game Night - August 31 5:30-8:30pm, Deans' Conference Room 102, RWJMS Research Tower


Orientation BBQ - September 1 at 1pm, Waksman Courtyard


Post Qualifying Exam Lunch - June 13 at 1pm in N11/N12 RWJMS


Preparation for Qualifying Exam Part A - June 1 at 3pm in Deans Conference Room RWJMS Research Tower Room 123


BBQ with JMBGSA and Quantitative Biology - May 31 at 6pm in Proteomics


Rutgers Day 2017 - Saturday April 29, 2017 from 10am-4pm on Busch Campus.


Annual JMBGSA Symposium with Keynote Address by Steven Libutti, MD Director of Cancer Institute of New Jersey - Friday March 24, 2017 from 9:30am-4:30pm in Life Science Building, Busch Campus. For the program booklet, click here.

The winners were:

Best Poster Awards: Anna Giarratana and Urmimala Basu

Best Oral Presentation Award: Alexandra Nguyen


Darwin Day with Michael Hickerson, CUNY - Wednesday February 8, 2017 at 12pm in V10, RWJMS Research Tower


Welcome back spring semester lunch - Wednesday January 18, 2017 at 12:15pm in Room N3, RWJMS Research Tower




Holiday party - Tuesday December 13, 2016 at 12:15pm in in Deans Conference Room, RWJMS Research Tower 123


Rutgers 250th and GSBS 50th celebration Distinguished Alumni - David Spector Thursday November 10, 2016 at 12pm in East Lecture Hall, RWJMS "Finding New Ways to Halt Breast Cancer Progression"


STEM Halloween Party - Thursday October 27, 2016 in Great Hall


Game night - Friday October 7, 2016 at 6pm in Deans Conference Room, RWJMS Research Tower 123


Post exam lunch - Tuesday September 27, 2016 at 12pm in Deans Conference Room, RWJMS Research Tower 123


Orientation BBQ September 2 at 1pm, Waksman Courtyard


Orientation Game Night September 1 5:30-8:30pm, Deans' Conference Room 102, RWJMS Research Tower


Orientation Scavenger Hunt August 31 at 4pm, Life Sciences Auditorium

End of Semester and Post Qualifying Exam Lunch Celebration: Tuesday June 7 at 1pm in Deans Conference Room 123, RWJMS.

Qualifying Exam preparation advice panel: Thursday May 26, 2016 from 12-1pm in Deans Conference Room 123, RWJMS.


Rutgers Day - Saturday April 30th, 2016 - 250th Celebration of Rutgers. Come help at the booth to teach people how to extract DNA from strawberries and let them know about graduate school in biological sciences. 


GSA  Annual Symposium - Friday April 1, 2016 from 9:30am -4:30pm in Life Sciences.  Keynote speaker by GSBS Distinguished Alumna Carole Heilman, PhD from NIH and 50th anniversary celebration of GSBS.  To see the symposium booklet, click here.

The winners for the 2016 poster and oral presentation were:

Oral Presentation:
Winner: Diego Marin
First Runner-up: Namit Kumar
Second Runner-up: Victoria DiBona

Poster Presentation:
Winner: Zuleay Rosario-Cruz
First Runner-up: Eva Rubio-Marrero
First Runner-up Jiaqi Zhou
Second Runner-up: Alexandra Nguyen

St. Patrick's Day Lunch - Thursday March 17, 2016 from 12-1pm in CABM Atrium 010.


Darwin Day Seminar - Friday February 12, 2016 at 12pm in V10.  Seminar by Laura Landweber, PhD from Princeton University.


Spring Semester Kick Off Lunch - Tuesday January 19, 2016 at 12:00pm in C1/C2



Post Exam Holiday Party - Monday December 14, 2015 at 12:30pm in SPH Atrium


Distinguished Speaker Michael Shadlen, Columbia University on Tuesday November 17 at 4pm in East Lecture Hall, RWJMS


Joint STEM Halloween Party, Wednesday October 28 from 6:30-9:30pm Great Hall, RWJMS


Post exam lunch Monday Sept 21 at 12:45pm in Deans Conference Room 123, RWJMS


Orientation Game Night August 27 5:30-8:30pm, Deans' Conference Room 102, RWJMS Research Tower

Orientation BBQ August 28 at 1pm, Waksman Courtyard


Post qualfying exam lunch Tuesday June 9 at 1:15pm in N7/8, RWJMS


Ice cream social Friday May 22 at 4pm


Rutgers Day Saturday April 25 from 10am-3pm Busch Campus


Annual Symposium Friday March 27 from 9:30-4:30pm in Life Sciences Atrium, Keynote Speaker: Ronny Drapkin, MD/PhD, University of Pennsylvania. To see the symposium booklet, please click here.

Oral Presentation:
Winner: Melvili Cintron
First Runner-up: Jessica Fellmeth
Second Runner-up: Jon Brzezinski

Poster Presentation:
Winner: Hanif Vahedian-Movahed
First Runner-up: Alexandra Nguyen
Second Runner-up: Leonardo Valdivieso

HGINJ Reproductive Genetics sponsored travel awards:
Alexandra Nguyen
Chenchao Gao
Jake Jacobs


Darwin Day- Henry John-Alder, PhD Rutgers University - Thursday February 12 at 12:00pm in V10, RWJMS


Welcome back to Spring Semester Lunch - Friday January 23, CABM Atrium 12pm



Post exam lunch meeting- Monday December 15, 2014 at 12:15pm in the Old Student Lounge, RWJMS

Distinguished Lecture, Tian Xu, PhD - Yale University, Thursday, November 13, 12pm, Waksman Auditorium

Halloween party with NeuroConnections, Thursday October 30, 6-8pm, Old Student Lounge, Kessler Teaching Labs, RWJMS

Second post exam lunch meeting. Monday October 13, 2014 at 12:15pm in CABM atrium.

First post exam lunch meeting. Monday September 22, 2014 at 12:15pm in the Deans Conference Room (Research Tower 123)

Webinar entitled "What every international student and postdoc should know about US Employment". Presented by the Science Alliance at the NY Academy of Sciences. Monday September 22, 2014 from 6:30-8:00pm in the Deans Conference Room (Research Tower 123)

Orientation BBQ August 29 at 1pm in Waksman Courtyard

Orientation Game Night August 28, 2014 from 5:30-8:30pm in Dean's Conference Room

Tuesday June 10, 2014 1:30pm, Deans Conference Room. Post Qualifying Exam lunch

Monday May 12, 2014 2-3pm, Deans Conference Room. Ice Cream Social

Saturday April 26, 2014, 10am-4pm Rutgers Day, Busch Campus. GSA booth on DNA Extraction

Friday April 25, 2014, 1:30-6, Paul Robeson Cultural Center, Busch Campus: Climbing the Ladder to Success: Tools for Surviving your Graduate Career and Beyond

Annual Symposium - Friday March 28, 2014 from 9:30-4:30pm in Life Science Building. Winners of Prizes
1st Sai Zhang
2nd Frank Macabenta and Jon Cruz

1st Jason Schifano
2nd Jake Jacobs

Darwin Day Seminar Dr. Paul Turner - Monday February 10, 2014, 12pm, V10

Spring semester welcome back pizza lunch - Wednesday January 22, 2014, 12-1pm, C207 Kessler Teaching Labs RWJMS


Hot chocolate study break - Friday December 13, 2013, 4-6pm, N5/N6 Kessler Teaching Labs RWJMS:

Distinguished lecture: Dr. Bruce Stillman - November 19 at 4pm East Lecture Hall

Post Exam lunch and tribute to Dr. Terri Kinzy - October 14 at 12pm School of Public Health 3A/B

Post Exam lunch in Dean's Conference Room Research Tower 123 - September 23 at 12pm

Star gazing - September 26

BBQ - Friday August 30 at 1pm Waksman picnic area

Game night - Thursday August 29 at 5:30pm in Dean's Conference Room RT 123

Walking tour of campus - Thursday August 29 at 2pm following poster session in Life Sciences Atrium

Post Qualifying Exam Lunch: Tuesday June 11 at 1:30pm. Old Student Lounge

Ice cream social: Thursday May 16 at 4:30pm Waksman 1001

Financial session - April 18, 2013 at 4:30pm in Nelson B228

Annual Symposium - Friday March 8, 2013 from 9:30am-4:30pm in Life Science Building.

Darwin Day - February 12, 2013 Daniel Rubenstein, PhD from Princeton University at 12pm in V10

Hot Chocolate Social - January 24, 2013 at 4:30pm in Nelson A237


Casino Night - Monday December 17, 2012 at 5pm in Great Hall

Rachel Green Seminar - Tuesday November 27, 2012 at 4pm in East Lecture Hall

Interview Skills Workshop - November 13, 2012 at 4pm.

JMBGSA Annual Orientation BBQ  : August 31st 1 PM, In front of Woody's Cafeteria

Orientation Game Night : August 30th 5:30 PM in Waksman 1001

Panel on Alternate Careers in Biosciences - May 17

6th Annual Graduate Student Symposium - April 20

                  Program                Abstracts

Ice cream Social - March 28

Statistics Workshop by Dr. Ramsey Foty - March 6 and March 8.

Darwin Day Seminar by world renowned paleontologist Dr. Kenneth Lacovara - February 10.

Meeting with Rutgers GSNB Dean, Dr. Jerome J. Kukor - January 25.


"Casino Night" - Welcome Party for GSBS Dean Kathleen Scotto, PhD - December 7.

Career Panel - November 11.

JMBGSA Distinguished Speaker Seminar by Nobel Laureate Martin Chalfie, PhD - November 3.

Halloween Party in association with Rutgers GSA - October 28.

BIOLinks Organizational Meeting - October 27.

Resume Writing and Interviewing Skills Seminar - October 25.

"The Power of Procrastination" - Talk by renowned cartoonist Jorge Cham, PhD - October 13.

Welcome Night and Star Gazing - August 26.

Annual Orientation BBQ - August 26.

2005 - 2010


President:                       Lorenz Loyola
Vice President:               Victor Tan
Treasurer:                       Vaidhyanathan Mahaganapathy
Secretary:                       Vrushank Bhatt
Program Coordinator:    Agata Krzyzanowska
Development Officer:     Larry Chang


President:                        Przemyslaw Swiatkowski
Vice President:                Lorenz Loyola
Treasurer:                        Sai Zhang
Secretary:                        Ina Nikolaeva
Program Coordinator:     Katelyn Marshall
Development Officer:      Ally Nguyen

President: Na Cai
Vice President: Malan Silva
Secretary: Almin Lalani
Treasurer: Megha Shettigar
Webmaster: Jeremy Tang

President: Melvili Cintron
Vice President: Dharm Patel
Secretary: Fei Wang
Treasurer: Malan Silva
Webmaster: Liping Lou

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