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Mission Statement

The Graduate Student Society Executive Board and Department Representatives (GSS) shall represent the graduate student body to enhance the quality of life and education at University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). GSS leadership shall coordinate and sponsor academic and social events of interest for the graduate student community. Additionally, GSS leadership will represent the concerns of graduate students and advocate for changes to enhance the quality of education to the University administration.

Department Representatives

Activity in GSS is voluntary; all students are encouraged to participate by communication through the GSS Department Representatives to the GSS Executive Board. The Department Representatives are nominated by the Department Chair to responsibly communicate the students’ needs or expectations. The Department Representatives are required to meet monthly to discuss upcoming events and to communicate student requests. Subsequently, Department Representatives are expected to report to the students of meeting proceedings and promote GSS activities. Meeting aims and resolutions will be posted on the GSS website to better communicate goals of GSS leadership personnel to students.


The GSS Executive Board goals, as designed by the GSS members and the department representatives, include four main focuses. 1) Improve the transparency and communications between GSS Executive Board and the graduate student assembly. 2) Broaden the knowledge and tools for the graduate student development of a scientific career through seminars, workshops or other means as designed by the GSS Executive Board and Department Representatives. 3) Increase graduate student involvement in community activities. 4) Provide social opportunities for student networking, enjoyment and release of tension.


The GSS executive board for 2011-2012 consists of seven individuals who volunteered in order to initiate better organization, understanding and execution of GSS duties. Each student within the URMC Graduate Student body is encouraged to initiate and promote ideas and activities to enhance the quality of life for graduate students at URMC. The members of the board are (alphabetically ordered): Alison Billroth-Maclurg, Donna Davidson, Elaine Hart, Sara Knowlden, Michael Moses, Oded Spindel and Wenli Wang.


The events schedule for the 2011-2012 year should be posted and shared with the entire student society on the Website or other internet sites as deemed fit. GSS Executive Board is accountable for expenditure of GSS funds in entirety with responsible approval by Executive Board members and the Office for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs (GEPA). An election process will be imposed prior to the termination of duties on June 1, 2012, to allow equal opportunity for all who desire to participate in a GSS leadership role for the 2012-2013 academic year.

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