Universtiy of Miami Miller School of Medicine Graduate Studies

BGSG Committees


Teaching and Learning (TAL)

Chairs: Valeria Copello and Samara Vilca

The goal of the Teaching and Learning Committee is to obtain teaching and learning opportunities for the Biomedical Graduate student body. We believe that teaching and communication skills are important for our development as scientists and provide an interactive workshop for graduate students.


Career Development (CaD)

Chair: Austin Choi

The objective of the Career Development Committee is to establish a channel between the prospective employer/hiring managers and job-seeking biomedical graduate students. Our mission is to help PhD and MD/PhD students get internships and jobs in academia, biopharmaceutical/biomedical industry or consulting firms, clinical research, scientific journals, hospitals and regulatory agencies. To that end, we provide events for graduate students to develop career building skills and facilitate opportunities for students to network with representatives from these diverse fields.


Community Service (CoS)

Chair: Melanie Plastini

The purpose of the Community Service and Green Committee is to provide biomedical graduate students with diverse science, environmental, and community-related volunteer opportunities to develop aspects of communication, leadership, creativity, teamwork and environmental awareness. We actively search for events within and outside of the University of Miami in which students can participate. This past year we participated in the Biscayne Bay Cleanup 2019 ‘Baynanza’ by removing trash from mangrove forests, prepared a homemade meal for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House (RMH), and walked in the Coral Gables ‘Walk MS’ event to raise money for multiple sclerosis research. We have recently established a Student Green Committee, which involves medical students on campus as well. This initiative hopes to establish greener alternatives both in research on campus and in students’ daily lives. One of our first accomplishments was creating a butterfly garden next to the Professional Arts Center (PAC).


New and International Students (NISS)

Chair: Samara Vilca 

The objective of the New and International Student Committee is to facilitate the transition of all new students into the Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS) and the Masters in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Miami. As such, we worked with members of BGSG to develop a handbook (currently the 5thEdition) with information on various topics like ‘Where to live?’ to ‘How to pick a lab rotation?’, written from the perspective of fellow graduate students. 


Student Welfare (SW)

Chair: Ugne Zekonyte

The mission of the Student Welfare Committee is to advocate for student success, personal development, and well-being. The committee examines concerns and recommends policy concerning student life regarding academic, cultural, social, psychological, and physical well-being of students. As such, we serve as liaisons in faculty-student-administration relations, as well as relations between University and student services to solve issues affecting the graduate student body.