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Graduate Student Council

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The Graduate Student Council (GSC) was created in 2001 with three specific goals: 

  • Address and represent the intellectual, social, and living needs of the community of graduate students at the National Institutes of Health.
  • Foster the development of an interactive and stimulating student environment at NIH by creating a forum for needs to be discussed with the student body.
  • Serve as a communication pathway by which students as a group may interact with the rest of the NIH community.

The GSC is open to all graduate students performing dissertation research at NIH, and coordinates and sponsors many events to enhance the training experience of the NIH graduate students. If you are interested in participating in the development or organization of new or existing activities we encourage you to come to a GSC monthly meeting or contact the co-chairs:  More information about individual activities can be found under each individual committee tab.

Photo of 2020 Graduate Student Council 

Current Graduate Student Council (2021)

Co-chairs: Franklin Ning, Cristina Meehan 

Secretary: Ameera Mungale 

Social Committee: Recruiting

Postbac Liaisons: Zack Player, Sydney Zimmerman

Community Service, Outreach, and Mentorship Committee: Yizhen Zhang, Recruiting

OxCam Liaison: Grace Perry

Public Relations Committee: Abigail Giles

FAES Liaison: Recruiting

FelCom Liaison: Recruiting


Graduate Student Council Meetings:

All graduate students are encouraged to attend our monthly GSC meetings and participate in the graduate student seminar series held on the last Tuesday of the month from 5:00-6:00 pm. For questions about scheduling please contact 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all meetings are being held virtually for the time being. Everyone is still welcome to join. Contact for the link.