Stanford hosts many events, from guest speakers to fine arts performances.
A group for almost any interest exists on campus. Check out the Student Activities and Leadership site to search for student organizations or to start your own.
Many Stanford Biosciences students participate in these organizations:
SBSA organizes monthly social events, provides a discussion forum for graduate student issues, and represents the Biosciences graduate student population. First-year students are encouraged to attend the SBSA camping trip and participate in the SBSA mentor program. http://sbsa.stanford.edu/
BioAIMS promotes diversity and offers opportunities for minority students in the Biosciences. BioAIMS projects have included mentoring programs, team-building retreats, and career development. http://bioaims.stanford.edu/
CHIPS brings together students interested in healthcare. Biosciences, medical, business, and engineering students participate in the networking events, innovation forums, and seminars. http://healthcare.stanford.edu/
Stanford students organize BCATS, a one-day conference highlighting biocomputational research by students and postdocs in the Bay Area. http://bcats.stanford.edu/html/home.html
Based in the Graduate School of Business and including Biosciences PhD students, the HCC organizes speakers, social gatherings, and educational sessions for students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/phi/students/hcc.html
SAMMS facilitates discussion and collaboration between graduate students by hosting networking events and discussion-based seminars and panels. http://groupspaces.com/SAMMS/
AWIS sponsors monthly networking dinners, speakers, and workshops for women in science. A mentoring program matches graduate students with mentors. http://www.pa-awis.org/
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—Helio Costa, Genetics