Elections take place at the start of the fall semester. Please submit nominations to gumcgso@georgetown.edu by August 31st. Nomination rules and positions are described below. Nominees will be contacted with instructions for the written submission. All information must be submitted by midnight on September 1st, and voting will take place September 3rd – 7th.


  1. Any student enrolled in a Biomedical PhD program may run for office. The positions of Outreach Co-coordinator, Student Services and Advocacy Liaison, and Website and Social Media Chair are open to Biomedical Graduate Education MS students as well (please refer to the position descriptions).  A candidate may run for both President and another position in the same election period. The eligible student must state whether they intend to run for President and other positions or President only, or other positions only.
  2. Candidates may nominate themselves or be nominated by a 3rd party. If a candidate is nominated by someone other than themselves, they will be notified by the election supervisor before the election and may decline the nomination.
  3. All accepted nominations must submit a written statement (no more than 250 words) regarding why they are seeking their position and highlighting their qualifications.
  4. If the nominee has not been an active member of MCGSO for at least one year, they are required to meet briefly with either the current president or vice president.


President: The MCGSO President oversees the MCGSO Executive Board and is responsible for holding General and Executive MCGSO meetings. The President also serves as a co-chair of the Grant Committee, attends regular meetings of the Graduate Advisory Committee (GAC) and Grad Student Life (GSL). The position of president is eligible for biomedical PhD students in their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year.

Vice President: The MCGSO Vice President serves as Community Programming committee chair. It is the responsibility of the Vice President to coordinate community events for the biomedical graduate student body. The position of vice president is eligible for biomedical PhD students in their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year.

Treasurer: The MCGSO Treasurer maintains the annual budget of MCGSO to ensure that all spendings are properly accounted. This responsibility includes overseeing all transactions involved for SRGP and Travel Grants as well as social and outreach events. The MCGSO Treasurer works closely and regularly with administrators at the university’s finance department and reports the status of the MCGSO budget at monthly meetings. PhD students in their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year are eligible for the position of Treasurer.

Communications Officer: The MCGSO communications officer distributes any information regarding MCGSO events to the student body and takes minutes at MCGSO meetings to be distributed among the members. The communications officer also serves as the MCGSO liaison to the Graduate Student Organization (GSO). The position of is eligible for all PhD biomedical students.

Outreach Co-Coordinators: The MCGSO outreach co-coordinators take the lead in organizing community education and enrichment programs that involve both the general public and specifically, K-12 students. This position is open to all Biomedical PhD students and three-semester MS students.

Student Services and Advocacy Liaison. Informs students of the resources available to them (i.e. career services, workshops, health coverage, family services, parking, etc) and works with faculty and administration to promote grad student needs. Actively collects student concerns and suggestions in order to communicate them with the MCGSO president and committee so the issues may be discussed and presented to faculty and administration tactfully and through the proper channels.

Website and social media chair: The MCGSO website and social media chair will be responsible for the maintenance of our website as well as the promotion of events on social media and will work closely with the Communications Officer. The position of Website and Social Media Chair is eligible for all Biomedical Graduate Students.

Travel Grant Officer(s) – NOT an elected position: Travel grant officers are responsible for collecting all MCGSO Travel Grant applications and processing them for approval and working with the MCGSO treasurer and finance office to initiate the reimbursement process.

Course Grant Officers – NOT an elected position: Course grant officers are responsible for collecting all MCGSO Course Grant applications and processing them for approval by completing the relevant evaluation rubric and working with the MCGSO treasurer and finance office to initiate the reimbursement process. One Course Grant Officer will also be the SRGP Co-Chair.

Student Research Grant Program Officer/co-chairperson- NOT an elected position: The SRGP officer/co-chair works with the President to organize and execute the grant process from application to review to award. This officer prepares, distributes, and collects all application materials; assigns appropriate peer reviewers to each application; collects feedback from the study section and communicates to the applicant their award status.  SRGP officer must be an BGE PhD student who is familiar with the SRGP process, preferably has applied in the past. SRGP officer will also serve as a Course Grant Officer.

In addition to the Executive Board elected positions described above, biomedical graduate students are eligible to participate as MCGSO Program Representatives.

Program Representatives: It is arguable that the most important members of the MCGSO are the Biomedical Graduate program representatives. Each biomedical graduate program has one representative; a PhD student for PhD programs, and a Masters student for Masters programs. The Program representatives are responsible for attending all MCGSO meetings and participating as committee members for either or both the Community Programming and Grant committees. If the designated Program Representative is unable to attend a meeting, we ask that they send a proxy representative to vote in the favor of that program in the event of any votes at the meeting in question. If you are interested in representing your program, please let us know!

If you have any questions about these positions, please refer to the MCGSO Constitution for a more in depth discussion, or feel free to contact any current member of the MCGSO.


Student Research Day, 2016!

Abstract submission is officially open for Student Research Day🔬, which will be held on September 27th. This promises to be a fun and informative day, with poster presentations, talks, prizes, raffle giveaways, and an award ceremony and reception!
Please refer to the information below on the submission process.If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please email Monica (mj522@georgetown.edu) or Erin (edw28@georgetown.edu
1.       Email your abstract to gumcgso@georgetown.edu

Follow the instructions here – https://biomedicalprograms.georgetown.edu/events/researchday2016. Refer to the dummy abstract for help! Abstract submission closes September 6th.

2.       Within 1-2 days of submitting your abstract, you will receive a confirmation email as well as a link to provide additional information.

3.       Within 1 week of submitting your abstract, we will let you know if your abstract has been accepted. If it has not been accepted, we will let you know what needs to be corrected. If we have exceeded the amount of slots available for talks, you will also be notified and asked whether you would like to still present a poster.

4.       If you are presenting a poster and would like for us to print it, submit your poster (100MB limit, DPI 150 (max), 3ft wide by 4ft tall) to Heidi Coia by September 13th at 5pm – hcg10@georgetown.edu.

5.       You will be notified when it is time to pick up your participant materials prior to SRD!

2nd Annual GU Free Neuroscience Public Lecture

Come to learn more about the most intriguing organ – the brain! You will have the great opportunity to enjoy three exciting 20 minutes talks about state-of-the-art research in neuroscience. In addition, you will have the chance to get many of your questions about the brain answered during a Questions & Answers panel discussion with the speakers as well as an informal reception after the panel!  ASL interpreters will be available during the event.

RSVP: http://goo.gl/forms/6UIwVN0U49
*Admission is FREE, but requires registration.


Universals of Early Language, Reading and the Brain as Revealed Through the Eyes
Laura-Ann Petitto, PhD
Gallaudet University

Can a concussion lead to dementia? Separating fact from fiction.
Mark Burns, PhD
Georgetown University

Trees of the Brain, Roots of the Mind
Giorgio Ascoli, PhD
George Mason University

Click here for the Facebook Event page.

BAW Movie Night!

Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is just around the corner!

Ever wonder whether the emotions in the movie Inside Out are partially realistic?  Have not seen Inside Out yet, but it is on your “To Watch” list?  Come join the Medical Campus Graduate Student Organization (MCGSO) on Tuesday March 15th at 5 pm in Med Dent SW 107 to celebrate BAW with a movie night, featuring Inside Out.  The event will include: (1) a post movie discussion on emotions and the brain with Dr. Abigail Marsh, whose work focuses on social and affective neuroscience and (2) free food.  Please RSVP for this event.

What: BAW Movie Night featuring Inside Out
When: Tuesday March 15th at 5pm
Where: Med Dent SW 107

Mental Health Information Session and Workshop

Grad school stressing you out? Feeling homesick? Just need someone to talk to?

Dr. Meghan Hanlon from Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) will provide a workshop about how to manage the stress of being a graduate student! Information will be given on graduate student mental health, the “Impostor Syndrome,” self-care strategies, Georgetown resources for mental health and wellness, and experiential exercises on mindfulness meditation.

Date: Thursday, February 25th
Time: 4-5pm
Location: New Research Building, Room W302

Refreshments will be provided!

Check out the CAPS website for more information and to learn about their group therapy sessions.

Brain Awareness Week Events! (March 14-20, 2016)

Brain Awareness Week, held yearly in March, is a celebration of arguably the coolest organ! All around the world, events are held to raise awareness, provide outreach, and have brain-related fun.

This year, our events will include a movie night, TED talk-style public lecture, and hosting Hardy Middle School for science day. Check out our Facebook page for more information on the events! The schedule of events is below:

Tuesday, 3/15 – Movie Night!

Wednesday, 3/16 – 2nd Annual Georgetown University Neuroscience Public Lecture

Thursday, 3/17 – Hardy Middle School (contact Carrie Leonard to volunteer!)

Volunteer opportunity!
The local chapter of Society for Neuroscience will be holding an outreach event at the National Museum of Health and Medicine on Monday, March 14 (9:30-11:30am, 12-2pm). The event targets local middle school students, and small groups of students will have the chance to experience hands-on activities about the brain and its role in behavior. They need volunteers to help man the stations and engage with students about the brain. Volunteers are welcome to come for either the morning or afternoon session (or both). All volunteers will receive free t-shirts to wear during the event. Contact Courtney Pinard (cpinard@gmail.com) or Jessica Gilbert (jess.gilbert10@gmail.com), for more information about the event.

Chinese New Year Celebration

It’s the Year of the Monkey! BGE will be celebrating Chinese New Year this Friday (1/29/16) from noon to 2:30pm in MedDent SW107. All BGE students are welcome!

Activities include

  • Dumpling making stations
  • Chinese character station
  • Origami decoration
  • Talent show
  • Delicious Chinese food

and more!

Discounted concert tickets! 12/19 – Handel’s Messiah, performed by the National Philharmonic

MCGSO is pleased to invite you to join us (student tickets just $5) at the The Music Center @ Strathmore (Red Line Metro – Strathmore-Grosvenor) for the National Philharmonic’s Handel’s Messiah Concert on Saturday, 12/19 @ 8:00PM. The Music Center at The Strathmore is a premier concert venue, and this concert is going to be a great one.

We have 68 tickets reserved for the Saturday, 12/19 @ 8:00PM showing and these will be sold to BGE students at a steep discount of just $5.00/ticket. Our awesome seats are located in the Main Orchestra section (these tickets are sold to the public at $71.00/ticket). Seats located here: J105-108, J111-114, K105-114, L107-113, O109-114, P107-113, EE101-115, FF103-117.

After you fill out the request form here, http://goo.gl/forms/bApmFSukBz, you will receive an e-mail to let you know whether or not you will receive a ticket. If you receive confirmation that you have a ticket reserved for you, please bring $5.00 at the time of ticket pick-up (details will be in your e-mail; cash or check made out to Georgetown University). You will have 1 week from the time of your confirmation e-mail to pick up your ticket, otherwise your ticket will be forfeited and we will give it to another student.

If you have friends going and you want to sit together, please let us know via e-mail or come pick up your tickets together (each person needs to have completed the form, and pay for their ticket). If you have a significant other that you would like to attend, please indicate this in the sign-up form (not guaranteed but we will try our best to accommodate as BGE students have priority; ticket price for significant others is $10.00).

Complete request form here: http://goo.gl/forms/bApmFSukBz


Canned Food Drive!

HEY EVERYONE! We have a canned food drive going on throughout the medical center. The program to donate the most food products will receive a prize 🙂 Biochem, IPN, Physiology, Pharmacology, and other programs current have their boxes ready for donations. If you have set up a box, post the location below! If you do not know where your program’s box is or need help getting things started, please contact us at gumcgso@georgetown.edu

Microbiology (MS & PhD) – 2 boxes (NE301 & south elevator)
Pharmacology (MS & PhD)- Med-Dent SE 402
IPN – NRB WP07A (outside MaxLab)
Biochemistry – Basic Science 341
Physiology – Dahlgren library entrance, on the left
T-bio – location TBD
SMP – location TBD