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Program Highlights

Work Hard, Play Hard

The GDSC Program offers numerous social activities throughout the year.  For example, there are program picnics with food and games, regular student social outings, and program retreats.  Our program strongly believes that there should be a good work/life balance for students, and we encourage students to explore hobbies and interests outside of academia. We also take pride in the collaborative relationships that exist between our students and faculty.

GDSC Student Lounge

First Year GDSC students have access to a reserved student lounge. Equipped with individual work spaces, refrigerator, coffee machine and text books, the lounge provides both quiet space and a dedicated space for group work.

Peer Mentorship Program

The GDSC Program cares about supporting students as they complete their academic and scientific pursuits.  The Peer Mentorship Program in GDSC pairs up senior students with first-year students to assist them in navigating course work, lab rotations, and research design.  Though all students have faculty mentors, the Peer Mentorship Program is designed to foster collaborative relationships between students and to widen first-year students’ circle of support at the University.

Graduate Student Society

The Graduate Student Society (GSS) is a student-run organization that advocates for graduate students to the University administration. The GSS serves as a liaison among graduate programs and sponsors academic and social events for the graduate student community.

Center for Professional Development

The CPD is a resource for all matters related to developing your career and to help you reach your goals.  Resources include a scientific writing coach and a career coach to help you with writing a resume, job search strategies, writing grants, preparing for your qualifying exam, writing your thesis, networking and job interviews.  


University of Rochester Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (URBEST) is  unique, NIH funded program that supports innovative approaches to broaden graduate and postdoctoral training, including internship possibilities and professional networking.  

Science Communications Opportunities

In an increasingly collaborative world the ability to successfully communicate ideas is key to success. “Science Communication for Diverse Audiences” (IND 426) is a unique course that offers a hands-on approach to improve science communication skills with both scientific and non-scientific audiences. 

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