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:
    September 10 @ 10:00 AM

     Click Here to Join the Virtual Open House

    Future Dates: 
    October 13 @ 2:00 PM
    November 18 @ 11:00 AM
    December 17 @ 4:00 PM

    Recruitment Events

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

    Thursday, August 6 - NIH OITE Graduate & Professional School Fair

    2:00 - 5:00 PM (EST)
    Details and registration information are available here

    Thursday, September 17 - Biomed Virtual Grad School Fair

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

    Wednesday, October 28 - Biomed Virtual Grad School Fair

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


  • Workshops & Other Events

    No events currently scheduled. 

  • Seminars

    Faculty and students present their current research projects.

    COVID-19 Work-In-Progress Seminar Series 

    On Wednesdays at 4 PM, faculty from across USF will discuss their research related to COVID-19. Seminars will be held via Microsoft Teams. View the full schedule below and contact Dr. Andreas Seyfang ( for additional details. 

     COVID-19 Seminar Schedule

    Bioscience Seminars

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

    September 18, 2020 - Courtney Griffin, PhD

    Member, Cardiovascular Research Program
    Scientific Director, Oklahoma Center for Adult Stem Cell Research
    Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

     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

    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: 

    Trivia nights are currently cancelled for the Spring 2020 semester. 

    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. 

    Journal clubs are currently postponed. 


  • 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.

    No Defenses currently scheduled. 

    Past Defenses

    Comprehensive Qualifying Exams

    Thursday, August 20 - Aya Elmarasafawi

    Molecular Medicine
    12:00 PM
    Meeting link to be provided. 

    Monday, September 14 - Melissa Bikowitz

    Molecular Medicine
    3:00 PM
    Meeting link to be provided. 

    Past CQEs

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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.