News & Events



At the USF Morsani College of Medicine Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, we are committed to supporting our students and faculty with a myriad of educational, community-building, and recreational events. This graduate and postdoctoral News & Events page is designed to help you keep up with the latest student events, activities, and news happening within the Master’s and PhD communities.


The Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs and offices across the USF campus host a variety of events every semester for current and prospective students.

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On February 22, many of our students and faculty members will participate in USF Health Research Day 2019

On February 22, many of our students and faculty members will participate in USF Health Research Day 2019

  • Open Houses & Recruitment Events

    Prospective students are invited to meet us and learn more about our programs at these upcoming events. 

    Medical Sciences Pre-Professional Program (MSP3) Open Houses

    Open houses will be held in MDL 1003B. 

    Thursday, February 28 at 5:00 PM

    Thursday, March 21 at 12:00 PM

    Tuesday, April 16 at 4:30 PM

    Friday, May 3 at 12:00 PM

    Please join us on campus at USF’s Morsani College of Medicine to hear more about our pre-professional program, also known as a special master’s program (SMP), and have all of your questions answered! No R.S.V.P. required! Click here for instructions on getting to USF Health. 

  • Workshops & Other Events

    February 21, 2019 - Writing Workshop 

    Collaborative Writing: What You Need to Avoid an Epic Fail 

    Collaborative writing, whether in the form of a group-based class assignment or co-authored publication, is essential to scholarly success in most academic disciplines. Finishing a cohesive writing project with others while maintaining healthy relationships can be challenging. This workshop provides key tools to facilitate open communication, writing progress and idea cohesion in a group-based writing project.

    SOC 149 
    3:00 - 4:00 PM
    No RSVP Required
    Facilitated by Dr. Vernetta K. Williams

    February 22, 2019 - Dissertation Forum 

    The Eighth Annual Dissertation Forum is scheduled February 22, 2019 and is sponsored by the Writing Studio, the USF Libraries, and the Office of Graduate Studies. This 1 day mini-conference will inform you of resources and services for doctoral candidates who are currently working on prospectuses or dissertations. Sessions include information about conducting research, writing strategies, research tools, stress management, IRB, and advice from recently hired assistant professors. The registration fee includes a light breakfast, refreshments and snacks.

    LIB 4th Floor - Grace Allen Room
    Registration fee: $10
    For questions, contact Audrey Powers: or 813-974-9001


    February 25, 2019 - Professional Interviewing Workshop

    Watch MCOM faculty conduct a mock interview of students.  Attendees will learn common question types, tips on how students can improve their answers, as well as common stressors and how to deal with them on interview day! Intended audience for this workshop is students interested in pursuing a career as physician, dentist, or other health profession.

    MDL 1003B
    12:00 - 1:00 PM 
    No RSVP required
    Facilitated by Dr. Anderson, Dr. Deschenes, and Dr. Specter

    February 25-27, 2019 - NCBI/NIH Biohackathon @ USF

    Join the NCBI/USF Iron Hack biohackathon, which will bring together clinicians, researchers, and programmers in community-based problem solving. A NSF cloud platform has been awarded to connect communities from across disciplines, institutes, states, and continents to continue collaboration for a minimum of 12 months.

    MSC 2709
    Registration deadline: February 15, 2019
    Admin and logistics contact at USF Genomics:
    Event and technical contact: Rays Jiang    

    View the Flyer Register 

    March 15, 2019 - Gap Year Career Prep

    Figuring out what type of career and activities to pursue during one’s gap year can be daunting.  During this workshop student’s will have an opportunity to learn about common strategies for figuring out how to meaningfully spend a gap year while applying to professional programs.  Strategies for the creation of a cover letter and resume/CV, job searching, and interview tips will be covered. Intended audience for this workshop is students interested in pursuing a career as physician, dentist, or other health profession.

    MDA 1003B
    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    No RSVP required
    Facilitated by Dr. Brown-Wujick

    March 19, 2019 - The AMCAS Application (and beyond) Workshop

    The American Medical College Application Service, or AMCAS, is where students will fill out their medical school applications.  A lot of mystery surrounds how to best fill out this application and maximize the space available to sell oneself as a strong medical school applicant.  In this workshop, we will work to demystify the application by reviewing what you will need prior to filling it out, its format and how to use that to your advantage, as well as a review of the application cycle timeline and other strategies related to secondary’s and interviews.  A brief synopsis of the AACOMAS application will be covered as well.  Intended audience for this workshop is students interested in pursuing a career as physician.

    MDA 1209 
    12:00 - 2:00 PM
    No RSVP required
    Facilitated by Dr. Brown-Wujick

    March 22, 2019 - Graduate Student Research Symposium

    The Office of Graduate Studies and the Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) will host the 11th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium. The event will provide an excellent, multidisciplinary venue for graduate students in all disciplines to present their current research as poster presentations in front of audiences ranging from students, faculty, and administrators from across the university.

    MSC Ballroom
    Registration deadline: February 25, 2019

    Additional Details 

    April 2, 2019 - Personal Statement and Activities Interactive Workshop

    This workshop is geared to the student who has yet to compose their professional school personal statement, or who has yet to fill out an activities section. Students should come to this workshop prepared with a resume in hand and be ready to work with fellow students, under the direction of the facilitator, on the creation of a draft personal statement or activities section through working through various exercises. Intended audience for this workshop is students interested in pursuing a career as physician, dentist, or other health profession.

    MDL 1003
    12:00 - 2:00 PM
    No RSVP required
    Facilitated by Dr. Brown-Wujick

  • Seminars

    Faculty and students present their current research projects.

    Bioscience Seminars

    Bioscience seminars are held on Fridays at 11:30 AM in MDL 1003B in the Fall and Spring semesters. All PhD Students are required to attend.


    March 1, 2019 - John Irwin, PhD

    "Ultra-large library docking for ligand discovery"

    Associate Professor
    Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
    University of California San Francisco

    March 8, 2019 - Ralph Fregosi, PhD

    “Bathing the fetal brain in nicotine disrupts the structural and functional development of motoneurons”

    Department of Physiology & Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute
    University of Arizona

    March 15, 2019 - NO SEMINAR

     Past Bioscience Seminars

  • AMSGS Events

    Join our student organization for a variety of upcoming social and professional development events. 

    Journal Clubs

    Journal clubs provide students with the opportunity to practice their public speaking skills and prepare for CQEs and defenses by presenting their research (or a piece of work they find interesting) to fellow students.

    Journal Clubs are held from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM in MDL 1031 unless otherwise noted. 

    February 26, 2019 - Sandy Hornung

    March 12, 2019 - Caroline Simmons

    March 19, 2019 - Emily Palumbo

  • Defenses & CQEs

    Defenses and CQEs are open to the public. 

    Dissertation Defenses

    Upon successful completion of a dissertation defense, these students will graduate with a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences.

    March 21, 2019 - Ezinne Mong

    Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology
    10:00 AM
    MDL 1038 A&B (GL 2 & 4)

    Fall 2018 Defenses

    Comprehensive Qualifying Exams

    Upon successful completion of a CQE, these students will be formally admitted into candidacy for a Ph.D. and begin their dissertation research. 

    April 23, 2019 - Andie Dodge

    Concentration: Neuroscience 
    12:00 PM 
    ALZ 101

    Fall 2018 CQEs

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