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Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) at the Medical College of Wisconsin is focused on providing a voice and fostering communication for over 300 graduate students. 

Message from the GSA President

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Samantha Paddock

Department of Physiology
GSA President

(414) 208-5233

The GSA provides a great opportunity to take leadership within graduate school. We try to focus on issues that are unique to graduate students, as well as promote camaraderie. With representation from all the masters and doctoral programs, the GSA provides diverse opportunities to network with peers and learn about MCW culture. Additionally, the ability to serve on committees with faculty further extends professional networks that can benefit students after graduation.

GSA Information

About the GSA

About the GSA

We symbolize the entire graduate student body through elected representatives from each department and graduate student programs. Our representative committee also includes two faculty advisors, one elected and one assigned, as well as the Director of Enrollment. The main goal of the GSA is to defend the overall interests, needs, and concerns of our graduate students.

The GSA organizes and co-sponsors events that we believe would be a benefit to current graduate students. Our representative council meets monthly to share institutional committee and program updates, plan events, manage its budget that stems from student fees, and to address any emergent issues. Any graduate student at MCW is invited to attend our monthly meetings, as well as get involved with our many committees.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns for the GSA, please email gsa@mcw.edu.
Graduate Student Handbook

Graduate Student Handbook

The GSA Handbook is the GSA's  guide for anything that the GSA entails.

GSA Handbook  (PDF)

If you have any questions, please be sure to contact gradschool@mcw.edu
GSA Symposium

GSA Symposium

GSA_Symposium1Each year in March, the GSA hosts a school-wide research symposium. The goal of this student-led symposium is to foster student communications between all degree programs at MCW. Traditionally, there are 2 poster sessions, over 10 student talks, and an invited keynote speaker.

Registration and abstract submissions are delegated through the GSA email (gsa@mcw.edu). If you have any questions about this year’s symposium, please contact them.
Travel Awards
Teacher and Mentor of the Year

Teacher and Mentor of the Year

Teacher of the Year is someone who has demonstrated exceptional teaching qualities including great connection with the students and an ability to convey and impart knowledge in a meaningful way. The Mentor of the Year is someone who has provided a learning environment throughout someone’s graduate school career that has driven students to reach their goals in a constructive and supportive way.

To nominate a teacher or mentor, email gsa@mcw.edu. Please be sure to regard the Graduate Student Handbook on the rules for nominations. Nominations are accepted in the spring.

Teachers of the Year 2018-2019:

Leonard E. Egede, MD, MS


Leonard Egede, MD, MS  Rebekah Walker, PhD 


Mentor of the Year 2018-2019:

Melinda Dwinell, PhD









Melinda Dwinell, PhD

GSA Representatives

GSA Representatives

2019-2020 Executive Board:
President: Samantha Paddock
Vice President: Rachel Schlaak
Treasurer: Ben O’Brien
Secretary: Olivia Koehn
Historian: Thiago Arzua

2019-2020 Department Representatives:
Cell Biology, Neurobiology, and Anatomy: TBA
Biophysics: Samantha Gies
Pharmacology and Toxicology: Courtney Fisher
Physiology: Nnamdi Uche
Biochemistry: Andrew Becker
Microbiology & Immunology: Melissa Whyte
Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program (IDP): Lishu He
Neuroscience PhD Program (NDP): Briana Meyer
Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP): Ayana Jamal
Public and Community Health: Antoinette Spector
Biomedical Engineering: Christopher Hansen
Pharmacy School: Lauren Graff
Medical School: Alexandra Roman
Masters of Public Health: Tessa Miller

2019-2020 Faculty & Staff Advisors:

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs: Neil Hogg, PhD
Director of Enrollment and Student Services: Angela Backus
Program Associate: Monica Richwine

Is your department or program not listed? Please contact gsa@mcw.edu if you would like to volunteer to be a representative for your program.
Get Involved

Get Involved

Looking to be an elected representative? Elections are held each March and April. Be sure to look out for a student wide email coming from the GSA for information. Check the Graduate Student Handbook for eligibility requirements.

Interested in attending monthly GSA meetings? Everyone is welcome! Meetings are usually the first Tuesday of each month from 12:00-1:00 pm.

Join us for social events! The GSA Social Committee hosts monthly social events for all graduate students. Our social events range from professional sporting events, to casual gatherings. Check with your department representative for any upcoming social events.

For more details on how to get involved, please contact the GSA at gsa@mcw.edu



Want to join a committee? Any student can get involved and serve on most committees, regardless of whether or not they are a GSA representative.


  • Academic Standing & Welfare
  • Assessment Oversight
  • Awards
  • Big Sib / Little Sib
  • Commencement
  • Community Outreach
  • Council for Woman’s Advocacy
  • Course Evaluation
  • Curriculum & Program
  • Diversity and Inclusion Committee (DIAC)
  • Educational IT
  • Facilities
  • Faculty Council
  • Faculty IT
  • Food Service
  • Fundraising
  • Graduate Outreach and Recruiting Program
  • Graduate School Council
  • Library
  • Marquette/MCW Alumni Association
  • Mentorship
  • Office of Educator Development Advisory
  • Pharmacy Student Association rep
  • Program Evaluation
  • Research Affairs
  • Social
  • Spotlight on Science
  • Student Assembly Rep
  • Student Health Insurance
  • GSA Student Symposium
  • Title IX
  • Tonken’s Fitness Center
  • Travel Award Policy
  • Wellness
  • Woman in Science

Contact us at gsa@mcw.edu if you are interested in any of the committees described above.