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Activities and Organizations

Activities and Organizations at the U of R

Graduate Student Society (GSS)

The Graduate Student Society is an organization that supports the graduate students in the School of Medicine and Dentistry and exists to coordinate social events, organize charity/volunteer activities in the community and honor outstanding faculty and students within the SMD.

Postdoctoral Association (PDA)

The Postdoctoral Association was established in 2006 to provide career development and networking opportunities, as well as professional recognition specifically for postdoctoral appointees. Through these efforts the PDA hopes to contribute to the professional advancement of postdoctoral appointees and highlight the contributions of postdoctoral appointees to scientific research at the University of Rochester.

Graduate Students of Color (GSOC) Council

Graduate Students of Color aims to raise awareness in regard to diversity in higher education throughout the community and the University by serving as a voice and advocate for students of color regarding University policies.

Graduate Women in Science (GWIS)

Graduate Women In Science provides mentoring for the professional and personal development of all graduate women at the University of Rochester Medical Center and College of Arts and Sciences.

Journal of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (JURSMD)

Graduate students and postdocs may serve on the Editorial Board of the JURSMD, a biannual student-driven electronic research publication under the faculty mentorship of Robert A. Gross, MD, PhD. JURSMD is dedicated to providing a written forum in which medical and graduate students, as well as medical residents and fellows, can share their scientific findings and creative endeavors with students, faculty and alumni of URSMD.

Contact Veena Ganeshan, JURSMD Editor-in-Chief and PhD candidate in the Department of Neuroscience for more information.

Second Friday Science Social

Second Friday Science Social seminars highlight University of Rochester research and recent developments in the life sciences. An informal social hour follows each seminar.


The Spectrum group at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry seeks to support, educate, and offer targeted resources to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community training at the U of R Medical Center. Email Mahima Iyengar ​to be added to the Spectrum list-serv.

Susan B. Anthony Institute

The Susan B. Anthony Institute, based on the River Campus, supports the research and curricular development of graduate students whose work focuses on gender and women's studies.

Graduate students, postdocs and PREP trainees may all take advantage of the Institute's many events and faculty research seminars.

University of Rochester Veterans Alliance

It is the University of Rochester Veterans Alliance mission to provide military veteran students, staff, faculty and alumni and their families with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education.