Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs

News & Events



At the USF Morsani College of Medicine Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, we are committed to supporting our students and faculty with a myriad of educational, community-building, and recreational events. This graduate and postdoctoral News & Events page is designed to help you keep up with the latest student events, activities, and news happening within the Master’s and PhD communities.


The Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs and offices across the USF campus host a variety of events every semester for current and prospective students.  

  • Open Houses & Recruitment Events

    Prospective students are invited to meet us and learn more about our programs at these upcoming events. 

    Open Houses

    Medical Science Pre-Professional Program (MSP3) Open House

    Please join us on campus at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine to hear more about our pre-professional program, and have all of your questions answered! No RSVP required. Click here for a map of USF Health. 

    Open houses begin at 4:30 PM. 

    Thursday, March 26 - MDL 1003A
    Thursday, April 23 - MDL 1003B
    Thursday, May 7 - MDL 1003B

    Other Recruitment Events

    Staff from the Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs will be available at the events below to share information about our programs. Stop by our table to pick up a flyer and learn more!

    Thursday, February 27 - FSU Health Professions Career Fair

    Oglesby Union Ballroom
    12:30 - 3:30 PM
    Additional details here

    Tuesday, March 3 - Georgia State University Health Professions Fair

    Student Center East Ballroom
    11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Additional details here

    Thursday, March 19 - FAU Pre-Health Professions Day

    Sanson Life Science Building - East Patio
    12:00 - 3:30 PM
    Additional details here

  • Workshops & Other Events

    No events currently scheduled. 

  • Seminars

    Faculty and students present their current research projects.

    Bioscience Seminars

    Bioscience seminars are held on Fridays at 11:30 AM in MDL 1003B.  

    February 28 - Scott A. LeMaire, MD

    “Fluoroquinolones and Aortic Disease: Using Basic Science to Drive Changes in Clinical Practice”

    Jimmy & Roberta Howell Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery
    Vice Chair for Research, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery
    Professor of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
    Director of Research, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
    Baylor College of Medicine

    March 6 - No Bioscience Seminar (Faculty Training)

    March 13 - No Bioscience Seminar

     Spring 2020 Bioscience Seminars

    STRAP-Mediated Oncogenic Signaling in Colorectal Cancer: A Targeting Opportunity
  • AMSGS Events

    Join our student organization for a variety of upcoming social and professional development events. 

    You can view a full calendar of AMSGS events on the AMSGS website

    Social Events

    Trivia Nights

    AMSGS attends trivia at Peabody's (15333 Amberly Drive) at 6:30 PM every other Thursday. Come out and enjoy good company and help the team win! Upcoming dates: 

    February 27
    March 12

    Journal Clubs

    Journal clubs provide students with the opportunity to practice their public speaking skills and prepare for CQEs and defenses by presenting their research (or a piece of work they find interesting) to fellow students. 

    Unless otherwise noted, journal clubs are from 12:00-1:00 PM and include lunch. 

    Thursday, March 12 - Kara Snyder

    Molecular Medicine
    Location TBA

    Tuesday, March 17 - Austin Nenninger

    Location TBA

    Thursday, March 19 - Helena Hernandez-Cuervo

    Allergy, Immunology, & Infectious Disease
    Location TBA


  • Defenses & CQEs

    Defenses and CQEs are open to the public. 

    Dissertation Defenses

    Upon successful completion of a dissertation defense, these students will graduate with a PhD in Medical Science.

    Monday, March 9 - Samantha Portis

    1:00 PM
    ALZ 101

    Wednesday, April 1 - Zeinab Motawe

    Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology
    9:00 AM 
    MDL 1003A

    Comprehensive Qualifying Exams

    Thursday, April 2 - Sara Cazzaro

    12:00 PM
    ALZ 101

    Past CQEs

University News

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Program News

Large group of students standing on stage, accepting awards for USF Health Research DayUSF Health's 30th annual Research Day was a great success. There was a record number of poster submissions, and several Medical Sciences students walked away with awards. Read all the details here, and congratulations to our students who participated!

Dr. Bahr, Director of Graduate Studies, with the 3 2019 3MT winnersMedical Sciences PhD students excelled at USF's 2019 3-Minute Thesis Competition! Our students, pictured here with the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Ruth Bahr, won 1st Place, Runner-up, and People's Choice. Aya Elmarsafawi (pictured center right) won the $300 first place prize and will go on to present at the 3MT Regional Competition in Nashville. 

Learn more about the presentations and USF's 3MT competition here


Dr. Terri Hunter presents about her professional pathThis Fall, AMSGS and the Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs co-hosted the 3rd Annual Career Pathways Symposium. Six speakers from various industries came and spoke to students about their careers and offered advice for those who may wish to pursue similar professions. 

You can view the list of speakers here.