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, January 23 - MDL 1003B
    Monday, February 24 - MDL 1003A
    Thursday, March 26 - MDL 1003B
    Thursday, April 23 - MDL 1003B
    Thursday, May 7 - MDL 1003B


  • Workshops & Other Events

    No workshops currently scheduled. Check back in the Spring for additional events. 

  • Seminars

    Faculty and students present their current research projects.

    Bioscience Seminars

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

    January 17 - Mark L. Kahn, MD

    “Translational insights into cerebral cavernous malformation and deep venous thrombosis”

    Edward S. Cooper, MD/Norman Roosevelt & Elizabeth Meriwether McLure Professor of Medicine
    Director of Molecular Cardiology
    University of Pennsylvania 
    Perelman School of Medicine

    January 24 - Mollie W. Jewett, PhD 

    Associate Professor 
    Division Head of Immunity & Pathogenesis
    Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences
    University of Central Florida College of Medicine

    January 31 - Hong Chen, PhD

    “Molecular Mechanisms Regulating Blood and Lymphatic Function in Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease”

    Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
    Principal Investigator, Vascular Biology Program
    Department of Surgery, Boston Children's Hospital
    Karp Family Research Laboratories

     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

    No events currently scheduled. Check back in the Spring for additional 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: 

    No upcoming dates. 

    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.

    No journal clubs currently scheduled. 


  • 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.

    No defenses currently scheduled. 

    Comprehensive Qualifying Exams

    No CQEs currently scheduled. 

    Past CQEs

University News

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Program News

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







Students who competed in 3MT competitionAMSGS sponsored it's first Three-Minute Thesis competition in preparation for the university-wide event that is held each Fall. Students from various programs presented to a panel of five judges, consisting of three faculty members and two staff members.The winner was Chemical Engineering student, Abhijeet Iyer, whose presentation was entitled "Air Pollution: Thinking Inside the Box."

AMSGS hopes to make this an annual event to provide students an opportunity to develop their public speaking skills and practice discussing their research with non-specialist audiences.