The Graduate Student Association (GSA) of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies consists of three executive boards, one for each division in the Graduate School.
Arinze Ubadike is a second-year Interdisciplinary Health Sciences student at Drexel University. He was born in Nigeria, lived in Michigan, Maryland and now, Philadelphia. His research interest is in the implementation of effective school-based substance abuse prevention practices in the Philadelphia region with a strong interest in neural circuit mechanisms of post–traumatic epilepsy. In his role as the PMPH GSA President, Arinze is dedicated to fostering a tight-knit student community, elevating the culture of camaraderie for an improved student experience, while addressing mental health issues for students. Outside of his obligation to the PMPH student body, Arinze runs a non-profit organization called Funnel Heart based in Maryland. And in his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, watching and playing sports, lifting weights, going to musical concerts and new experiences.
Jyothii Kulasingam is a second-year MS student in the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program at Drexel University. Her research interests are in glioblastomas and health outcomes based on one’s socioeconomic status. In her role as PMPH GSA vice president, Jyothii is dedicated to providing resources and planning events to help fellow classmates to succeed in their personal and professional goals. Outside of school, Jyothii enjoys playing with her dog Jack, playing basketball and exploring new places.
Clara is a second-year MS student in the IHS program. Her interests are in pre-hospital and emergency department management of opioid use disorders and substance abuse management. As a harm reduction advocate and EMT, she's spent considerable time getting to know the communities she lives in and contributes to local harm reduction initiatives in Philly and back home in Minneapolis. Her role in PMPH GSA includes managing all financial aspects and contributing to an effective and student-oriented executive board. Outside of school, you can find Clara working nights in the emergency department and cooking up a storm in her tiny kitchen.
Dina Elias is a second-year student in the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program at Drexel University. In 2020, she earned her BS in cell and molecular biology from the University of Rhode Island. Prior to attending Drexel, during COVID she established a tutoring service for children in her community and became a medical assistant at a dermatology clinic. Dina looks forward to interacting with her peers and making a great experience for her fellow graduate students. Outside of classes, Dina enjoys dancing at her dance studio, watching anime and reading a plethora of books in her home library.
Philanthropy and Community Outreach Chair
Jasmine Simpson is a second-year MS candidate in the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program at Drexel University. In her role as philanthropy and community outreach chair she plans to coordinate creative events with a special focus on mental health and minority groups in need. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, listening to new music and seeing her favorite artists perform live.
Taleah Reid is a second-year MS candidate in the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program at Drexel University. Her research interest is in the effect of socioeconomic status on academic performance of the youth to highlight the importance of after-school athletic, tutoring and mentoring programs. As the GSA events coordinator, Taleah is committed to the task of organizing memorable experiences for the PMPH community. Aside from academia, Taleah enjoys buying new plants, collecting vinyl records and making playlists on Apple Music.
Biomedical Studies Representative
Haley Hoffman is a second-year student in the Master of Science in Biomedical Studies (MBS) program. She is originally from South Florida and interested in pursuing a career in orthopedic surgery following her completion of the program. In her role as the PMPH MBS representative, Haley is dedicated to advocating for her peers and building relationships between students of different programs. Outside HSB, Haley enjoys watching and attending many different sporting events.
Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Representative
Kyle Lu is a second-year IHS student who plans to apply to medical school upon completion of this program. Kyle is from NYC and completed his undergrad with a BA in psychology and English. He is part of Drexel’s Men’s Volleyball Club and has played volleyball for many years. Kyle is also this upcoming year’s IHS Representative. As the IHS Representative, Kyle will strive to generate camaraderie among the first- and second- year students. Geared mostly toward our mentorship program, he also aims to create events that are inclusive and fun for everybody. He will act as liaison to our e-board regarding any concerns that our student body may have and hopes to create the best possible environment for us to thrive as both students and peers. Cheers to the year ahead.
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About the Graduate Student Association (GSA) of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies
The Graduate School GSA represents over 800 students and provides a variety of services to enhance the Drexel experience. The GSA executive boards oversee but are not limited to:
- Creating a community within their respective programs, divisions and the Graduate School as a whole.
- Creating and supporting professional and career development opportunities.
- Student representation and voting on the Graduate School Committees, including the Graduate Council.
- Travel awards for the biomedical science programs.
- Supporting annual events such as orientation, commencement and faculty awards.
- Student mentoring program.
- Networking and social events.
- Oversee community outreach, initiate service projects and volunteer opportunities.
As stated in the GSA bylaws, the purpose of this group is to:
- Operate in compliance with the by-laws of the Biomedical Graduate Student Association;
- Advise the University Student Council on matters of mutual concern to the School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies and the School of Medicine;
- Provide a channel for communication among the graduate students, the University, and the community;
- Serve the graduate students and represent their interests in the University and the community;
- Promote understanding and intellectual stimulation among graduate students, the University, and the community;
- Improve the position of graduate students in academic and extracurricular matters;
- Elevate the quality and standards of graduate education;
- Guarantee the rights and privileges of graduate students as members of the University and the community.
Read the GSA bylaws [PDF].
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