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Life at Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences PhD Student Groups

PhD Student Groups

Student groups at NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences provide an opportunity for students to work with their peers outside of the lab and to get to know fellow students with similar interests. Joining a student group is also an excellent way to network.

Sackler Student Council

The Sackler Student Council, whose members are elected by students, plans social and academic events for the student body. We act as a liaison between the students and program leadership to suggest new initiatives or events. We also organize fun, seasonal events to promote community building and encourage work-life balance. The Sackler Student Council plays a major role in student admissions and recruitment, organizing housing tours and serving as resources for applicants and incoming students.

Student Council
PHOTO: The Sackler Student Council of 2020–21 consists of (top row) Tania Gonzalez, Cristobal Rivera, Pablo Atria, and Efiyenia Kaparos; (middle row) Nora Herzog, Noor Chalhoub, Nelson Garcia-Vazquez, and Pei-Feng Hsu; and (bottom row) Triantafyllia Karakousi and Sabrina Giacometti.

Elected Student Council Members 2020–21

Noor Chalhoub, Co-President

Cristobal Rivera, Co-President

Triantafyllia Karakousi, Vice President

Nora Herzog, Secretary

Pablo Atria, Treasurer

Nelson Garcia-Vazquez, Health and Wellness Co-Chair

Tania Gonzalez, Health and Wellness Co-Chair

Sabrina Giacometti, Community Engagement Co-Chair

Pei-Feng Hsu, Community Engagement Co-Chair

Efiyenia Kaparos, Community Engagement Co-Chair

Student Diversity Initiative

The Student Diversity Initiative aims to be a safe and open space for discussion, growth, and empowerment. We host a wide range of events and workshops geared toward building community and addressing issues that underrepresented groups face more globally. Additionally, we organize the Marie M. Daly speaker series, which is designed to feature the untold stories of underrepresented scientists and provide a space for scientists to share their groundbreaking work and journey to success.

Another one of our main events is the Annual D.I.V.E (Diversity, Inclusion, Valor, and Empowerment) Retreat, which culminates the workshops we have hosted throughout the year and brings together students of different backgrounds for a day filled with activities and discussions about diversity-related issues at the graduate school. For more information, contact Victoria Osorio Vasquez at victoria.osoriovasquez@nyulangone.org or Amicha Robertson at amicha.robertson@nyulangone.org.

NYU Are Women in STEM

NYU Are Women in STEM (NYUrWiS) supports women interested in pursuing careers in STEM fields. Through our seminar series, mentorship program, and informal socials, we aspire to help women achieve their professional goals.

Sackler LGBTQ+

The goal of the Sackler LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) group is to facilitate networking and constructive interactions among graduate students to promote a healthy and supportive community.

We host events throughout the year, including meet and greets, happy hours, movie viewings, and small-group dinners. Our events aim to spark discussion and mentorship and foster appreciation of the rich culture of our larger community. Please contact Kody Mansfield at kody.mansfield@nyulangone.org for more information.

Special Interest Clubs

In addition to clubs hosted by Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, our students are encouraged to participate in other special interest groups hosted by NYU Grossman School of Medicine or NYU.

BioTech Club

The NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s BioTech Club is run by PhD students and postdocs. Our objective is to educate graduate students and postdoctoral fellows about how biomedical science applies to industry, business, law, and translational research.

Our vast array of events includes hosting industry speakers and organizing entrepreneurship panels, joint business events with the NYU Consulting Club, and company tours.

We co-organize events with the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute, including the Bioventure speaker series and the NYU Hackathon. In 2015, we held a major biopharma conference at NYU with executives from Pfizer, Celmatix, Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Medidata Solutions, and Regeneron. The conference was organized with the biotech clubs of Columbia University, Weill Cornell Medical College, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Hunter College of the City of New York.

The club events are open to anyone. If you want to be added to our mailing list, email nyubiotech@gmail.com or visit the BioTech website.

Black Student Association

The mission of the Black Student Association is to promote unity among black students in the scientific community by strengthening and embracing black culture and heritage, as well as spreading unity among students of all cultures at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. We are dedicated to creating a community of top-tier scientist who are equipped to advance scientific knowledge to new heights and boundaries. As a community, we understand that innovation is the by-product of diversity, and efforts must exist to continue the growth and inclusion of under-represented groups in science at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. To this end, the Black Student Association serves as a mechanism to ensure student development and scientific advancement of all students belonging to the Black Diaspora within the graduate student community. We also serve as a resource for all students within the NYU community. For more information, contact Melanie Baker at melanie.baker@nyulangone.org or Phillip Thomas at phillip.thomas@nyulangone.org.

Board Game Club

The Sackler Board Game Club meets every other week to play games and hang out after a long day in lab. We offer a variety of games from classics such as SCRABBLE and Settlers of Catan to more recent games including Dead of Winter and Castles of Mad King Ludwig. All are welcome. For additional information, email Alison Ehrlich at alison.ehrlich@nyulangone.org.

Chinese Students and Scholars Association

The Chinese Students and Scholars Association at NYU Grossman School of Medicine promotes Chinese culture and communications between diverse groups. The group organizes various activities in culture, career, and research to enrich the work and life of the Chinese community at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. We represent the Chinese community here, protect the rights of the community, and encourage cultural exchanges between different groups.

For more information, visit us on Facebook or email Mingzhou Fu at mingzhou.fu@nyulangone.org.

Coding Club

The Coding Club aims to motivate participants to work on computer programming, data analysis, and machine-learning projects. Students and postdocs with all levels of coding experience are welcome. Come work on an online course or a data analysis project, or with questions about your own work. Experienced peers are available to help when you get stuck. In addition, we also organize hands-on tutorials on subjects that are of interest to members or are difficult to get training for elsewhere. Previous subjects include Git and GitHub, data wrangling in R, and basic visualization in Python. We help you to stay motivated, make progress on challenging projects, and keep learning. Food and snacks are provided.

The Coding Club meets on Fridays, from 2:00 to 3:00PM, in the Medical Science Building room 657.

Sign up for our mailing list, and check out our GitHub for updates.

Committee for the Respectful and Ethical Advancement of Trainees and Educators

The Committee for the Respectful and Ethical Advancement of Trainees and Educators works closely with leadership in human resources and the graduate and medical school administrations to communicate student ideas for improving and enriching the training experience. Through this partnership, we develop initiatives to enhance the training experience for our educational communities. We solicit student input on a regular basis and constantly look for ways to uplift and empower us all through better, more inclusive, policy and training.

Consulting Club

The Consulting Club is a group of PhD students and postdocs interested in learning about careers in life science consulting. Our mission is to provide training and develop members’ skills for a career in management consulting, connect members with both alumni and external consultants, and assist consulting firms in recruiting NYU students and postdoctoral scholars.

We are based at NYU Grossman School of Medicine but accept members from the greater New York City graduate student community.

We provide a chance to network, practice for case-based interviews, and attend company recruiting events. We collaborate with other graduate consulting clubs in the Northeast to facilitate citywide events such as case competitions.

To stay connected, you can find us on LinkedIn or sign up for our listserv by emailing nyuconsultinggroup@gmail.com.

Kick-starting Interest in Degrees in Science

The purpose of Kick-starting Interest in Degrees in Science (KIDS) is to expose young minds to science. Current PhD and MD/PhD candidates travel to a middle school in East Harlem in Manhattan several times a year to bring science to the classroom.

The group starts by introducing seventh-graders to the field of science by doing basic experiments. This hands-on science is continued with eighth-graders to help prepare them for standardized tests.

If you like working with kids and want to get some teaching experience, join the group. Emails with dates and times are sent out over the club listserv. To join the listserv or to get involved, email Allison Hall at allison.hall@nyulangone.org or Lauren Meyer at lauren.meyer@nyulangone.org.

Muslim Students Association (Ibn Sina)

Ibn Sina represents the cultural, professional, and spiritual life of the Muslim student body at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. The group promotes awareness about Islam and fosters a sense of community among the Muslim students, faculty, and staff. It also initiates interfaith events to help promote diverse religious identities.

Ibn Sina is affiliated with the Islamic Center at NYU. For more information, visit the Ibn Sina website or email saima.usmani@med.nyu.edu.

Neuroscience Outreach Group at NYU

Neuroscience Outreach Group at NYU (NOGN) coordinates outreach efforts and forms partnerships with organizations within NYU and throughout New York City. These partnerships, and the dedication of nearly 100 scientist volunteers, have allowed NOGN to have a large impact.

Classroom visits, Brain Awareness Week programs, and new initiatives like Brains and Brews provide many opportunities to get involved. Contact Heather McKellar at heather.mckellar@nyulangone.org to sign up for our volunteer list.

Neuroethics Club

The Neuroethics Club seeks to promote active discussion within the scientific community about topics related to the impact of neuroscience on policy, self-reflection and philosophy, and ethics. We encourage such discussion through monthly journal clubs, seminars, and various outreach activities. Topics are member-driven and can range from free will and criminal justice to artificial intelligence. We encourage members from the greater NYU Grossman School of Medicine community to join due to the interdisciplinary nature of neuroethics.

For more information, contact Asha Caslin at ac7878@nyu.edu.

NeuWrite Downtown

NeuWrite integrates the scientific and science communication communities through events, talks, and a monthly workshop where members create compelling science journalism and art.

NeuWrite is looking for students or postdocs who are willing to embrace aspects of organization and leadership, as well as those who would like to participate in workshops as writers and communicators. Contact Heather McKellar at heather.mckellar@nyulangone.org for additional information.

NYU Rugby Club

No experience is required to join the men’s rugby club. Practices take place on Randall’s Island from 7:00PM to 9:00PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Schedule changes and updates are listed on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For more information or to sign up, email rugby.nyu@gmail.com or bainsaj@gmail.com.

Raíces (Latin American Student Association)

Through social and educational events, Raíces hopes to celebrate the Latino community throughout our campus by promoting an inclusive environment. While Latin American cultures are historically complex and unique, we share similar roots, and our name honors our diverse Raíces. We seek to provide a space to explore the intersectional identities and individuality of our members and celebrate our personal journeys as members of the Latino community. In the spirit of making you feel en casa, students should feel free to speak the language they prefer, while promoting a respectful and inclusive environment. In our home, everybody is welcome.

For more information, email Naomi Lopez-Caraballo at naomi.lopez-caraballo@nyulangone.org.

Science Communications (SciCom Club)

Science Communications (SciComClub) is a community of students who wants to build our science communication skills, written and spoken, to help us in our careers across academia and industry. We meet monthly to develop our skills in workshops and learn about more opportunities with invited alumni and guests, all over a meal. We run events to improve writing and presentation skills, as well as those geared toward outreach and career path exploration.

The club also produces the Sackler Messenger. We have a peer-editing pipeline and work to polish articles for publication on other platforms. Our goal is to build a community of writers that keeps each other accountable and provides feedback to encourage productivity. If you want to improve your writing and develop your science communication skills, or are just interested in exploring other careers, keep an eye out for announcements about our next meeting. For more information, contact Kristen D’Elia at kristen.delia@nyulangone.org.

SCI+FAI Club

The Science and Faith Club, or SCI+FAI Club, is a community of Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences students who are Christian. The club is part of the Graduate Christian Fellowship (GCF) at NYU. The group explores the nuances of integrating faith into professional life.

The club meets regularly for Bible study and to discuss books written by distinguished scientists who are Christian or writings that are related to science and faith. It hosts casual seminars and Socratic happy hours to encourage conversation about the questions surrounding science, faith, philosophy, and ethics.

The club supports the emotional wellbeing of graduate students by encouraging open dialog about the struggles facing graduate students. Graduate students, postdocs, and faculty are welcome.

For more information, contact José Montoyo-Rosario at jose.montoyo-rosario@med.nyu.edu. You can also visit the Graduate and Faculty Ministries website.

Students Advocating for Science, Education, and Medicine

Students Advocating for Science, Education, and Medicine is a coalition of PhD, MD, and MD/PhD students at NYU Grossman School of Medicine dedicated to enhancing the educational experience by coordinating teach-ins and direct actions to promote justice in science, education, and healthcare. Recently, we’ve organized events focused on intersectional feminism, trans rights, climate change, gun safety reform, the opioid crisis, sanctuary cities, financial literacy, and how to be an advocate in academia and medicine.

We're passionate about our horizontal (non-hierarchical) structure, in which we are developing an active and inclusive community motivated to organize for positive change in our laboratories, classrooms, clinics, diverse communities, country, and the world at large. We believe that science, medicine, politics, justice, and education should go hand in hand to mutually empower and reinforce one another.