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.


Due to the ongoing coronavirus, in-person events are currently cancelled or postponed. To see the latest updates from the university, please visit
Certain events may be offered online during this time. Details about these events will be listed below. 

  • 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

    Open houses will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams in Fall 2020. The dates are listed below and the link to the online meeting will be added here in advance of each event. 

    Next Open House:
    November 18 @ 11:00 AM

     Click Here to Join the Virtual Open House

    Future Dates: 
    December 17 @ 4:00 PM

    Recruitment Events

    Join admissions professionals at these virtual events to learn about all of our graduate programs! 

    Wednesday, October 28 - Biomed Virtual Grad School Fair

    10:00 AM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    Details and registration information are available here

    Biomed virtual grad school fair October 28, 2020

    Thursday, October 28 - USF Graduate & Professional School Fair 

    11:00 AM - 2:00 PM (EST)
    Details are available here


  • Workshops & Other Events

    Admissions Workshop Series

    Join program directors from top professional schools to learn about the application process, admission requirements, and campus environment. All workshops will be held at 1:00 PM via Microsoft Teams or Zoom (meeting links will be provided)

    Next Admissions Workshop

    Thursday, October 22 - Florida International University (MD)

    Click Here to Join the Workshop

    Future Workshops
    Tuesday, November 10 - University of Central Florida (MD)
    Thursday, November 12 - University of South Florida (PA)
    Tuesday, November 17 - ACOM (DO)
    Thursday, November 19 - Saba (MD)

  • Seminars

    Faculty and students present their current research projects. 

    Bioscience Seminars

    Bioscience seminars are held on Fridays via Microsoft Teams. Meeting links will be sent to students and faculty via email. 

     Fall 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

    Life Skills

    Powering through Procrastination in a Pandemic

    Wednesday, October 28 @ 12:00 PM

    The pandemic has upended the systems and structure that were once the norm of day-to-day graduate school life. Working from home creates new challenges with respect to setting boundaries, working independent of others, and depending on internal motivation to stay on-task. In addition, multiple barriers to motivation continue to be experienced: grief at what opportunities in the past were lost, shame or guilt on one’s present ability to focus, and future fear of what is yet to come. 

    Join the Event

    Casual Science Talks

    Grab a beverage and some snacks and join us for a laid-back discussion of new and interesting research articles Thursdays at 4PM (via MicrosoftTeams). Students can sign up here to lead the discussion.

    Scheduled talks are listed below. 

    October 22 - Adam Cruz

    October 29 - Sara Moss

    November 19 - David Giordano


  • Defenses & CQEs

    Defenses and CQEs are open to the public and will be held virtually for the Fall 2020 semester. To participate, click the button to join the Teams meeting associated with the Defense or CQE.

    We ask that all attendees adhere to the following guidelines when attending a virtual Defense or CQE: 

    1. After clicking the link, you will be able to join the meeting. If you do not have Teams installed, you will be able to access the meeting via the web.
    2. Please enter your name and join the meeting. Please join with audio only and ensure that you are muted when joining. 
    3. At the conclusion of the presentation, there will be time to ask questions. Unless you are directly asking a question, please leave your microphone muted at all times. If there are a large number of questions, the chair may request that attendees submit questions via chat rather than out loud.

    Dissertation Defenses

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

    Thursday, October 29 - Heather Mahoney

    Join the Virtual Defense

    12:00 PM 

    Past Defenses

    Comprehensive Qualifying Exams 

    Thursday, November 5 - Scott Kemp

    Join the Virtual CQE

    Cardiovascular Biology
    2:00 PM

    Thursday, November 12 - Zheying Sun

    Cardiovascular Biology
    2:00 PM
    Link will be provided

    Tuesday, November 19 - Prisca Lin

    Cardiovascular Biology
    2:00 PM
    Link will be provided

    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.