Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Graduate School Student Organizations

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Association for Graduate Student Diversity
The Association for Graduate Student Diversity is a student run organization committed to the development of professional scientists from all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. AGSD strives to increase diversity, to promote retention and graduation of graduate students in the biomedical sciences and foster professional and career development of our members.
Contact: Giselle De La Torre Pinedo

Association of Women in Science
The Association for Women in Science - Gulf Coast Houston Chapter is dedicated to supporting women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) in Texas’s Gulf Coast and Houston region by providing opportunities to participate in professional networking, mentoring, and leadership activities.
Email: Triparna Sen

BCM Pride
We represent Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Ally trainees at Baylor College of Medicine who contribute to advances in biomedical sciences and provide a forum for discussing advances in science, technology, engineering, and math.
Contact: Gary Huang and Leah Kafer

Black Scientist Collective
The Black Scientist Collective consists of Baylor trainees (students, post-doc, research technicians, etc.) who promote Black excellence in science. We aim to support the success and well-being of Black scientists through personal, professional, social, academic and community development.
Contact: Azaan Wilbon

Chinese Students & Scholars Association
BCSSA is a nonprofit, nonpolitical, voluntary organization whose members are mainly scholars and students from China. Our association aims at enhancing communication, unity and happiness among members; fostering interaction and cultural exchange between our members and other organizations at Houston area.
Contact: Yuqing Wang

Christians in Scientific Research
As CriScR, we seek to enhance our understanding of God and the world he created in our daily work as scientists. We meet weekly for an open bible study and discussion. Contact us per email for weekly reminders, a calendar invite and regulate updates. We welcome everyone (believer or non-believer) and are looking forward to meeting you.
Contact: Erik Stricker

Got Spoons?
Got Spoons? is a group for students and trainees with disabilities, chronic illness or those navigating accommodations. We formed in July 2020 to fill a gap in support of disabled students and trainees and work closely with the Association for Graduate Student Diversity (Instagram: @BCM_AGSD) and other underrepresented student-led groups. We visualize this as a space for individuals with every type of disability and path at Baylor to come together in community with opportunities to participate in outreach or education initiatives to destigmatize and increase awareness of disability. Participation in the club can look like virtually whatever you’d like and we are always looking for new and passionate members. 
Contact: Bethany Taylor

Hispanic Women in Science
We are an inclusive group of mostly Hispanic/Latina women across different institutions of the Texas Medical Center. We hold monthly meetings with invited speakers from the TMC and discuss different issues concerning gender differences and diversity in science, current diversity and outreach programs in Houston, and speakers' personal experiences during their scientific training. We also participate in outreach activities around the Houston area and collaborate with other groups in the TMC scientific community.
Contact: Jessica Felix

International Student Association
As international students and non-international students, we strengthen the bridge between international students and the BCM community through social activities and educational workshops. Our resources and activities aim to ease students' transition to a new country/city while expanding and maintaining the BCM community network around the world.
Email: Ozlem Sert

Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science at BCM
SACNAS is dedicated to empowering and fostering the success of Chicanos/Hispanics, Native Americans, and other underrepresented minority students in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM. The SACNAS chapter at Baylor College of Medicine (SACNAS at BCM) aims to cultivate a supportive, diverse, and inclusive community underrepresented students, post-docs, faculty, and staff at BCM, while celebrating the culture, science, and leadership of our underrepresented scientists.
Contact: Gabriella Perez

Taiwanese Student and Scholar Association
Taiwanese Student and Scholar Association is composed of Taiwanese graduate students and postdoctoral associates. Our goal is to establish tight connections among members and introduce Taiwanese culture to American society.
Email: Pey-Shyuan Chin

Texas Taiwanese Biotechnology Association
We strive to build a network that will connect established successful professionals with early career professionals in order to foster exchange of ideas and practical experience. We further hope to promote new collaborations by bridging the gaps within academic fields and between academia and industry, and contribute to enterprise development.
Email: Chang Ting

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Docappella
Docappella is an a cappella group consisting almost entirely of Baylor College of Medicine medical and graduate students. They perform yearlong throughout the Texas Medical Center and in the Houston area.
Contact: docappellatx@gmail.com

Graduate Student Council
The Graduate Student Council is the medium between the students and the graduate school administration. We organize First Year Initiative groups, help with orientation, social activities, charity events including the annual Art Show, volunteering, and the members also serve on other Baylor and TMC committees. We are the students' voice.
Contact: Justine Liang

Pick-Up Games Society
PUGS is a college-wide student group that meet at nearby outdoor fields to play various sports and activities, including volleyball, ultimate frisbee, badminton, soccer and more. No experience in any sports is necessary, and students of all skill levels are welcome. We aim to support general physical and mental health, and to provide an outlet to meet students from different domains of the school.
Contact: Anthony Hoang

Taekwondo Club
The Taekwondo club provides a forum for Baylor students interested in martial arts to network, share training opportunities, and organize seminars and other events of interest to martial artists. The club also offers weekly training sessions in Taekwondo and other martial arts here at Baylor.
Contact: Hannah Carter