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.

  • Open Houses & Recruitment Events

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

    Recruitment Events

    Biomed Virtual Grad School Fair - CareerEco

    October 20

    Join USF and other biomedical graduate programs from across the country to learn about research, admission requirements, and more. USF will be available from 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM (EST). More information is available here. 

    Open Houses

    Medical Science Pre-Professional Program (MSP3) Open House

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

    Next Open House: Tuesday, October 12 at 2:00 PM

    Join Open House

    Future Dates: 
    Thursday, November 18 at 10:00 AM
    Wednesday, December 15 at 2:00 PM

  • Workshops & Other Events

    Admissions Series: University of South Florida PA Program

    October 4
    1:00 PM 
    MDA 1209

    Join an admissions representative from USF's PA Program to learn more about the program and admission requirements. This event will also include a Q&A. 

    Admissions Series: LECOM

    October 6
    10:00 AM 
    Meeting Link - Click here to join meeting

    Join an admissions representative from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) to learn more about the institution and admission requirements. This event will also include a Q&A. 

  • 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.  

    You can view the Fall 2021 Bioscience Seminar schedule here. Please contact Ronnie Banks ( if you have any questions. 

    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


  • 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.

    Friday, October 29 - Nicole Stavitzski

    Virtual (link to be provided)
    Time TBA
    Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology, Dr. Dean Lab

    Wednesday, November 3 - Chao Zhang

    Virtual (link to be provided)
    12:00 PM
    Pathology & Cell Biology, Dr. Smalley Lab

    Past Defenses

    Comprehensive Qualifying Exams  

    No CQEs currently scheduled. 

    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.