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BMMB Graduate Student Association

2023-2024 BMMB Graduate Student Association board members.

The Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology Graduate Student Association (BMMB GSA) was founded in 2014 and consists of a maximum of eight elected graduate student officers: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Climate & Diversity Chair, Mentoring Chair, and First-Year Liaison(s). Elections are held annually in the spring. 


Our Mission

The mission of the BMMB GSA is to build and nurture community within the BMMB graduate student body, both professionally and socially, as well as to facilitate communication between the graduate student body and BMMB department faculty and staff. GSA members represent the BMMB graduate student body, promote graduate student interests, and advocate for graduate students on several departmental committees, including the Steering Committee and Climate & Diversity Committee.

To build and support our community, the BMMB GSA sponsors a variety of activities, including:

GSA Monthly Events: Each month the GSA will hold various workshops, meetings, and social events for the BMMB graduate students and other graduate students in BMMB labs. The monthly events are held on alternating days and at various times to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to attend. And the best part about the GSA monthly events is the FREE FOOD AND DRINK provided by department funds.

Social Events are a great time to socialize with your fellow grad students while doing something fun (trivia night, Happy Hour, hiking, etc.)! 

Over the summer, you will be paired up with a current BMMB graduate student to serve as your mentor during Welcome Week, the first year, and beyond.  After welcome week is over, your Student Mentor should remain a valuable resource for advice and support, to help you to build a network of peers.  To foster the relationship between mentors, mentees, and graduate students outside of your rotations/lab assignments, there is a schedule of monthly off-campus recreational activities arranged by the mentoring program to bring students together.   

2023-2024 BMMB GSA Board Members

PresidentFlorian Fekete

Vice PresidentHolly Passetti

Treasurer – Ben Anderson

SecretaryRachel Wigmore

Mentoring Co-ChairsHolly Kleinschmidt, Aniko Verbrugge

Climate & Diversity Ambassador and Social Media CoordinatorRachel Krizek

Director of Graduate Affairs: Vacant

First-Year Liaison: Vacant

GSA Advisor: Dr. Emily Weinert


Please follow the GSA social media accounts for updates on events, opportunities, and more!

Twitter: @bmmbgsa_psu

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Instagram: @bmmbgsa_psu