Graduate Student Executive Council (GSEC)
Accomplishments of 2017-2018


Organizational Accomplishments

  • Developed a strategic plan with well-defined strategic issues and goals
  • Passed amendments to our bylaws

Strategic Issues/Goals

1. Promote integration among programs and tracks

  • Hosted a welcoming reception to new and current students immediately after Orientation
  • Organized multiple social events throughout the year, including during interview weekends and Graduate Research Day
  • Held an international potluck
  • Incorporated into the annual Graduate Research Day a session of short-talks to allow more students from various programs and tracks to share their work
  • Hosted a night of community service at the St. Jude Garden
  • Sold t-shirts designed by GSEC
  • Served as hosts for the Quarterly Scientific Meetings

2. Increase exposure to alternative careers

  • Built a library of resources for alternative careers, with books and other materials, with the Student Academic Support Services and Inclusion (SASSI)
  • Transformed GSEC’s Facebook page into a platform for sharing of relevant information and resources for students exploring alternative careers
  • Advocated for more career resources for graduate students among College and University administrators

3. Create a culture of excellence

  • Hosted the annual Graduate Research Day (GRD) with the largest participation ever, with over fifty students presenting their original work
  • Hosted the Three-Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) and sent our First Place winner to the regional competition
  • Hosted professional development sessions during each of the semesters
  • Updated the criteria for nomination and acceptance into the Imhotep Society to allow for more students from our College to be recognized for their contribution to student life
  • Supported the development of “student mentorship” programs among tracks of the IBS program

4. Establish new external relationships and partnerships

  • Partnered with the Memphis Bioworks Foundation and the Office of Alumni Affairs to host the Three-Minute Thesis Competition off campus
  • Worked with SASSI office in developing resources targeted to graduate students
  • Led a coalition of Graduate Student Associations in the state of Tennessee, representing over 16,000 graduate students, to advocate for higher education among elected officials and to protect and defend the tax breaks that make graduate education possible
  • Partnered with local scientists to host “taste of science Memphis”

5. Improve communication both internally and externally

  • Increased exposure and engagement of GSEC’s Facebook page
  • Developed an end-of-the-year newsletter summarizing GSEC’s accomplishments

6. Raise awareness and participation in GSEC

  • Participated in Orientation and discussed with new students the role of GSEC
  • Organized city tours for candidates to the IBS program during their two orientation weekends
  • Included student representatives from all programs and tracks in GSEC
  • Participated in all campus events sponsored by the Student Government Association Executive Council (SGAEC) and the Office of Student Life
  • Appointed student representatives to all University committees

7. Develop a budget for GSEC

  • Successfully advocated for an annual allocation from the College of Graduate Health Sciences to GSEC