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Events and Student Groups


The Graduate Life Office, Graduate Student Programming Board, and Graduate Student Council organize social events for graduate students.

Stanford hosts many events, from guest speakers to fine arts performances.

Student groups

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:

Stanford Biosciences Student Association (SBSA)

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.

The Biomedical Association for the Interest of Minority Students (BioAIMS)

BioAIMS promotes diversity and offers opportunities for minority students in the Biosciences. BioAIMS projects have included mentoring programs, team-building retreats, and career development.

Cross-disciplinary Healthcare Innovation Partnership at Stanford (CHIPS)

CHIPS brings together students interested in healthcare. Biosciences, medical, business, and engineering students participate in the networking events, innovation forums, and seminars.

Biomedical Computation at Stanford (BCATS)

Stanford students organize BCATS, a one-day conference highlighting biocomputational research by students and postdocs in the Bay Area.

Stanford Healthcare Club (HCC)

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.

Stanford Association for Multi-disciplinary Medicine and Science (SAMMS)

SAMMS facilitates discussion and collaboration between graduate students by hosting networking events and discussion-based seminars and panels.

Palo Alto Association for Women in Science (AWIS)

AWIS sponsors monthly networking dinners, speakers, and workshops for women in science. A mentoring program matches graduate students with mentors.

Helio Costa

"People really are friendly, engaging, and generally interested in what you're doing and what your interests are. They're also very accepting and excited about all sorts of different kinds of things. It's something that I didn't expect, but I'm really glad that's how it is here."

—Helio Costa, Genetics

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