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A

Student Organizations

  • Allies in Health

    Organization Type

    Professional


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    Allies in Health is an organization dedicated to educating faculty, staff, and students about the spectrum of sex, gender, and sexual orientation, and LGBTQ+ health care. Allies in Health advocates for LGBTQ+ issues and promotes a more inclusive environment for all UTMB personnel and patients. In addition to hosting LGBTQ+ health trainings tailored to specific campus groups, Allies in Health also holds social events, engages in advocacy and awareness activities, and promotes LGBTQ-centered research.


    Activities

    Attending Conferences, Tabling Booths at Events, Hosting Guest Speaker Events, Attending Guest Speaker Events, Creating Educational Materials, Volunteering, LGBTQ+ health and inclusivity training sessions for UTMB personnel, Pride activities, scholarly collaboration and LGBTQ+ health research, community service, social events, and advocacy for LGBTQ+ health through local, state, and national partnerships.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly


    Officer Board

    • President – Haris Pepermintwala (Hspeperm@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Juan Escudero Escudero (juescude@utmb.edu)
    • Education chair – Alec Manning (almannin@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Nivan Wadhawan (niwadhaw@utmb.edu)
    • Advocacy Chair – Joshua Fernandez De La Vega (Joshfern@utmb.edu)
    • Events Chair – Lilliana Pellegrini (lipelleg@utmb.edu)
    • Events Chair – Caroline O'Connor (ceoconno@utmb.edu)
    • Research Chair – Joshua Currie (jocurrie@utmb.edu)
    • Public Relations – Aditi Sarode (aksarode@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Lisa Campo-EndelsteinBioethics and Health Humanities - (licampoe@utmb.edu)
  • American and Texas Medical Assoc. Chapter at UTMB

    Organization Type

    Professional, Service, Social


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    AMA/TMA is a way for medical students across the state and nation to exercise their position in policy/advocacy in medicine at congressional hearings and conferences. It's purpose also includes local impact of community service in the Galveston/Houston area.


    Activities

    • Attending Conferences
    • Hosting Donation Drives
    • Participating in Donation Drives
    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Hosting an SGA Sponsored Event
    • Attending Guest Speaker Events
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Hosting Presentation Practice Sessions. Volunteering
    • Other

    Conferences are a big part of the experience as these are where students are able to platform and advocate for policy. Also spreading fundraising and community service in local community through food drives, meals for wheels, homeless shelters, etc. is a big part of this organization. National speakers over big policy topics are encouraged to come speak at UTMB through AMA/TMA to help educate students.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually


    Meeting Frequency

    Semesterly (Once a Semester)


    Officer Board

    • President – Mohamed Jimale (mojimale@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Benita Lalani (balalani@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Sophia Choi (sychoi@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Pratik Gongloor (prgonglo@utmb.edu)
    • AMA Delegate – Samie Rizvi (sarizvi@utmb.edu)
    • AMA Alternate Delegate – Shilpa Rajagopal (shrajago@utmb.edu)
    • TMA Delegate – Emmanuel Ebirim (ecebirim@utmb.edu)
    • TMA Alternate Delegate – Ananya Krishanan (ankrishn@utmb.edu)
    • Community Service Chair – Nandika Mansingka (namansin@utmb.edu)
    • AMA Medical Student Outreach Program Chair – Nizam Karim (nakarim@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Samuel MathisFamily Medicine - (semathis@utmb.edu)
    • Charles MoutonEVP & Provost, Dean of Medicine - (cpmouton@utmb.edu)
  • American Medical Women's Association at UTMB

    Organization Type

    Professional, Service, Social


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    We want to bring The American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) chapter to UTMB. It is an organization which functions at the local, national, and international level to advance women in medicine and improve women's health. We achieve this by providing and developing leadership, advocacy, education, expertise, mentoring, and strategic alliances.


    Activities

    • Hosting Donation Drives
    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Attending Guest Speaker Events
    • Hosting Student Organization Fundraisers
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Hosting Presentation Practice Sessions. Volunteering

    Our chapter here at UTMB is dedicated to upholding the mission statement pillars that the national organization has set developing leadership, advocacy, education, expertise, and mentoring. We aim to empower women in healthcare to develop leadership skills through the many different positions on the board of officers. We advocate by volunteering for organizations such as the RCC and host resolution writing meetings. We aim to educate our members on various types of research and ways to build resumes for success. We provide mentorship opportunities between members and with faculty who can help support and guide one another through the journey of becoming a medical professional. We table booths at events to promote our organization to other women who are following in our footsteps to become physicians and offer them an opportunity to be supported by our organization in their personal and professional growth.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus, Off-Campus

    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • President – Vivian Nguyen (vipnguye@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Jennifer Liebig (jeliebig@utmb.edu)
    • Mentorship Chair – Inaara Aly (ibaly@utmb.edu)
    • Community Outreach Chair – Katherine O'Neill (kgoneill@utmb.edu)
    • Social Chair – Gazal Parekh (gaparekh@utmb.edu)
    • Social Chair – Amy Wang (amywang@utmb.edu)
    • Research Chair – Michelle Yang (miyang@utmb.edu)
    • Research Chair – Valerie Quach (vaquach@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

  • American Muslim Women Physician Association

    Organization Type

    Professional, Social


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The purpose of the American Muslim Women Physician Association is to improve the condition of women’s health, provide a platform for Muslim women in medicine, and raise awareness of issues regarding community welfare. This organization will allow students the chance to serve as mentors and role models to students from diverse backgrounds and religions. It will enhance the cultural and religious sensitivity among our UTMB student body.


    Activities

    • Attending Conferences
    • Hosting Donation Drives
    • Participating in Donation Drives
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Hosting Student Organization Fundraisers
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Volunteering

    The parent AMWPA organization often holds networking conferences in Dallas. They can also sponsor a few events during the year for our members' food and participation. We would like to do fundraisers for multiple things:

    1. To be able to organize food and hygiene outreaches for the homeless population of Galveston
    2. To fund trips to conferences to make it easier for members to attend and network, and
    3. To be able to give the most active member (based on a point system) a small scholarship or a year access to a resource of their choice with a cost limit.

     


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • Co-President – Dena Kamel (dekamel@utmb.edu)
    • Co-President – Nora Harmouch (noharmou@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Sarah SiddiquiInternal Medicine - (sbsiddiq@UTMB.EDU)
  • Art Attack

    Organization Type

    Service, Social


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    Art Attack is an interprofessional student organization dedicated to celebrating various types of visual and textile arts. We provide an inclusive and safe space where people can come to learn and practice different crafts in the company of other art lovers. We also engage in community service art projects.


    Activities

    Hosting an SGA Sponsored Event, Volunteering, Other

    Art Attack provides an inclusive and safe space for students to come together and practice art, whether or not you consider yourself an artist! We have a wide variety of events, including art socials, volunteering with local Galveston organizations (Galveston Art's Center, Galveston's Own Farmer's Market), and workshops on various types of art like crochet and painting!
    We are always open to incorporating your ideas into what kinds of art and activities we do.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus, Off-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • President – Karina Chowdhury (kachowdh@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Jessica Tran (jestran@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Meghan Mallya (memallya@utmb.edu )

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Majka WoodsOffice of Academic Affairs - (majwoods@utmb.edu)
  • Artificial Intelligence in Medicine

    Organization Type

    Professional, Service, Social


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    • To further the use and understanding of artificial intelligence in medical practice and education.
    • Spread awareness and discuss ethical issues of Artificial Intelligence (AI) use cases in the healthcare setting.
    • Conduct research and current literature reviews as a club and reach out to departments at UTMB who may be interested in partnering with us to include AI in their research.
    • Engage the community with coding camps and AI in Learning presentations.

     


    Activities

    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Hosting Student Organization Fundraisers
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Hosting Presentation Practice Sessions
    • Volunteering

    Hosting guest speakers such as our faculty sponsor Dr. Peter McCaffrey is vital to club engagement and education of our members regarding the most pressing topics currently in the AI space.

    Hosting Student Organization fundraisers will allow us to grow the clubs resources and eventually have a dedicated computer for club member use that is equipped to handle the large processing power demands of many AI related projects.

    Creating educational materials such as handouts and PowerPoints regarding AI topics will allow us to reach students at various levels of education (elementary, middle, high & graduate school) and give them something tangible to take away from our events. This goes hand in hand with our volunteering events in which we hope to hold coding camps and challenges at multiple venues to develop members and attendees coding competencies and critical thinking skills.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • Co-President – Alvin LeBlanc (amleblan@utmb.edu)
    • Co-President – James Weatherhead (jacweath@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Peter McCaffrey, MDDepartment of Pathology - (pemccaff@utmb.edu)
    • Pierre Banks, EdDAdmissions & Recruitment - (pwbanks@utmb.edu)
  • Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association

    Organization Type

    Professional, Service, Social,


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    APAMSA is a national organization of medical and pre-medical students committed to addressing the unique health challenges of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, & Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities.


    • Attending Conferences
    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Attending Guest Speaker Events
    • Volunteering
    • Other

    Socials are important to recruiting members and fostering a sense of community. General Meetings are where we provide resources, guest speakers, and information regarding the national chapter.

    Regional, Hepatitis, and National Conferences are important networking and research conferences that provide opportunities for members to branch out.

    Lunar New Year is our annual school-sponsored event, which is an important cultural celebration aimed at exposing UTMB students to Asian culture, food, and games.


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • President – Shawn Lim (shelim@utmb.edu)
    • VP: Administration and Strategy – Justin Le (jvle@utmb.edu)
    • External Vice President – Joy Li (joy.li912@gmail.com)
    • Internal Vice President – Grace Liu (gyliu@utmb.edu)
    • VP of Recruitment – Marc Phan (mhphan@utmb.edu)
    • Director of Social Media – Chau Mychau Nguyen (mycnguye@utmb.edu)
    • Director of Philanthropy and Service – Andrew Kwon (kwonsangyop@gmail.com)
    • Director of Health Affairs – Tommy Phan (hpphan@utmb.edu)
    • Director of Education and Research – Amin Lim (amlim@utmb.edu)
    • Director of Diversity and Inclusion – Dotty M Santiago (marikhan@utmb.edu)
    • Senior Advisor – Chris Doan (cddoan@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Jong LeeDepartment of Surgery - (jolee@utmb.edu)

B

Student Organizations

  • Biological Chemistry Student Organization

    Organization Type

    Professional, Social


    Membership Style

    BySchool


    Mission Statement

    Our organization brings together students within the Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology (BCMB) Graduate Program for socializing, professional development, and community service activities. Graduate school can be an extremely stressful time, and by building a strong community of students within the program and organizing events for students to get together and share experiences, we provide students with a way to surmount those difficulties. In addition to social aspects, we provide space for graduate students to practice skills such as poster presentations, journal club presentations, Oral Qualifying Exams, etc. We also offer events where students can give back to the community and serve Galveston as a whole, celebrating and serving the place supporting during this critical phase of our academic careers.


    Activities

    • Hosting Donation Drives
    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Attending Guest Speaker Events
    • Hosting Presentation Practice Sessions
    • Volunteering

    Hosting Donation Drives/Volunteering: Participating in and hosting toys/food/etc. Drives on campus allow us to give back to the community, supporting us during our graduate careers. In addition, in a field filled with stress, it is easy to lose perspective, and by refocusing our efforts to help those in need, we can better regain our perspective and see our struggles from a more global aspect.

    Tabling Booths at events: This is a chance to raise our awareness and profile to the rest of the UTMB community. As a part of a health professional's school, we are often overlooked or poorly understood by the rest of the UTMB community. These outlets allow us to share our stories and experiences with the greater UTMB campus and form professional and social connections with other programs.

    Hosting/Attending Guest Speaker Events: As Principal Investigators, our careers will involve planning and hosting guest speaker events, and yet as students, we have no opportunities to develop these skills. The Pioneering Biological Discovery Series allows our members to put together a full student-organized seminar and interact with some of the biggest names in our respective fields. Hosting and interacting with these speakers less formally and in an all-student event is a significant first step to building networks and connections that can aid us in the next stages of our future careers. These relationships often foster collaborations and are a chance to meet potential External Dissertation Committee members.

    Hosting Presentation and Practice Sessions: A significant aspect of our careers as researchers is presenting our projects and data, and yet there are few opportunities to hone his skill. A substantial part of BCSO is hosting student practice sections for the Oral Qualifications Exams. This allows students to practice the timing and pacing of their presentations and learn how to deal with people interrupting and asking questions about their projects. Often the mentors who will sit on these Exams have students who attend the practices and, as a result, have a good appreciation for the types of things and questions their mentor may ask. We also host and organize events for students to practice poster presentations in a less formal setting. For many, this is the first time presenting a poster, and without these practices, they would have no idea what to expect at their first conference presentations.


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • Co-Chair – John Hurley (jdhurley@utmb.edu)
    • Co-Chair – Faith Cox (facox@utmb.edu)
  • Birding Interest Group

    Organization Type

    Service Social


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    Birding Interest Group is a student organization that was created to encourage students to learn about and enjoy the diversity of nature and bird wildlife in the Texas Gulf Coast and Galveston areas as well the conservation required to upkeep these areas.


    Activities

    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Attending Guest Speaker Events
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Volunteering
    The Birding Interest Group engages in several key activities that are crucial to our organization's mission. We host guest speaker events featuring experts in ornithology and conservation to educate our members and build a sense of community. Attending external guest speaker events broadens our perspectives and strengthens our environmental connections. Creating educational materials helps us spread awareness about birdlife and ecosystems, promoting conservation. Volunteering in habitat restoration and monitoring projects allows us to directly contribute to local ecosystem protection, fostering responsibility and understanding among our members. These activities collectively empower us to encourage nature appreciation and conservation in the Texas Gulf Coast and Galveston areas.

     


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus, Off-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • President – Trevor Murphy (Tlmurphy@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Jonathan Adams (jbadams@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Ben Benjamin Wick (bewick@utmb.edu)
    • Communications Director/Treasurer – Justin Yun (jkyun@utmb.edu)
    • Activities Director – Margaret Becker (mvbecker@utmb.edu)
    • General Officer – Lisa Du (Lisdu@utmb.edu)
    • General Officer – Mallory Walters (mkwalter@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Anne LooperStudent Affairs - (allooper@utmb.edu)
    • Judith RowenPediatric Infectious Disease - (jrowen@utmb.edu)
  • Broca Public Speaking Organization

    Organization Type

    Professional, Social, Other


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    Provide members low pressure opportunities to improve public speaking skills.


    Activities

    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Other

    Weekly emails with educational material and Monthly meeting with different speaking opportunities


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • Co-President – Devon Jacob (djjacob@utmb.edu)
    • Co-President – Andrew Thornton (anthornt@utmb.edu )
    • Secretary – Esther Jeong (eyjeong@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Cristal Monzon-Hernandez (crmonzon@utmb.edu )
    • Historian – Alondra Uribe Sanchez (aguribes@utmb.edu)
    • Historian – Sathvik Srinivasan (sasriniv@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Chandler SelfUTMB Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - (mcself@utmb.edu)

C

Student Organizations

  • Check Mates

    Organization Type

    Social


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    Check Mates is a club that is open to all to bring together those across campus who enjoy playing the game of chess while interacting and socializing with their peers.


    Activities

    Tabling Booths at Events

    Monthly gatherings on campus to play chess along with creating a community where UTMB students can play chess virtually on chess.com


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Navneet Venugopal (nkvenugo@utmb.edu)
    • President – John Johnson (johcjohn@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Irtiza Ahmed (irahmed@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Evan Wong (evwong@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Tewfeek Abu-ShamiAnesthesiology - (tkabusha@utmb.edu)
  • Christian Medical and Dental Association

    Organization Type

    Social, Religious


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    CMDA educates, encourages, and equips Christian healthcare professionals to glorify God. Christian healthcare professionals glorify God by following Christ, serving with excellence and compassion, caring for all people, and advancing Biblical principles of healthcare within the Church and throughout the world. (CMDA National Mission)

    Activities

    • Attending Conferences
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Attending Guest Speaker Events
    • Other

    For speaker events, we have a faculty member or other person come talk with students about what it looks like to be a Christian as a healthcare professional in a diverse environment. For social events, we hope to help students connect with other students and the larger Galveston community whose members share similar beliefs.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus, Off-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month)


    Officer Board

    • President – Mary Weaver (mmweaver@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Debora Kim (dkkim@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Hope Chang (hcchang@utmb.edu)

  • Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity

    Organization Type

    Professional, Service, Social, Cultural


    Membership Style

    ByProfession


    Mission Statement

    The Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD) Chapter at The University of Texas Medical Branch was created in response to a need for opportunities to expand knowledge, skills, curriculum, and the impact of occupational therapy as it pertains to the topics of justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, anti-racism, and anti-oppression.


    Activities

    • Hosting Donation Drives
    • Participating in Donation Drives
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Attending Guest Speaker Events
    • Hosting Student Organization Fundraisers
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Volunteering

    The Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD) Chapter at The University of Texas Medical Branch hosts and participates in donation drives, guest speaker events, organization fundraisers, community service, and education to expand our member's knowledge and skills in relation to justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, anti-racism, and anti-oppression.


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Semesterly (Once a Semester),


    Officer Board

    • Co-Chair – Alexandria Hoang (athoang@utmb.edu)
    • Vice-Chair – Anthea Nandin (annandin@utmb.edu)
    • Co-Chair – Victoria Hernandez (vchernan@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Amber ArmsteadOccupational Therapy - (abarmste@utmb.edu)
  • Coastal Cleanup

    Organization Type

    Service Social


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The mission of Coastal Cleanup is to improve the health and safety of the Galveston beach environment and coastal waters through litter control, to provide a safe opportunity for students to socialize and get physical activity, to improve mental health, and to encourage interdisciplinary unity.


    Activities

    Volunteering,

    Volunteering in important to our organization to improve the health and safety of the Galveston beach environment and coastal waters.


    Meeting Location

    Off-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Rebecca Bui (rebui@utmb.edu)
    • President – Nathaniel Bilby (njbilby@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Kyle Chang (khchang@utmb.edu )
    • Director of Operations – Bunnarin Theng (butheng@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Cristiana RastelliniDepartments of Neuroscience & Cell Biology, Microbiology & Immunology and Internal Medicine-Endocrinology - (crrastel@utmb.edu )
  • Critical Care Club

    Organization Type

    Service Social


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    To provide students that are interested in critical care an opportunity to come together and learn more about the field through volunteer opportunities, guest speakers, local conferences, and charity events.


    Activities

    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Volunteering

    Critical Care Club gives advice on the critical care roles of nursing and helps educate the members on where they would want to go.

    Career opportunities could include: emergency room nursing, intensive care units, neonatal units, trauma/burn/cardiac units.

    We give an environment for 1st-4th semester students interested in critical care to talk about their experiences and increase coherence between the SON program.

    Often times we may have a guest speaker talking / answering questions on specific critical care occupations for example, ER/ICU/PICU. The nurse guest speakers contain lots of experience and help motivate nurses to work in critical care.

    We regularly have meetings once a month and sometimes table out different recruitment campaigns so that new members would join. Critical Care Club also has had multiple socials showing our willingness to improve communication and adherence between cohorts.

    Critical care club members have the opportunity to work at St. Vincent clinics to help the struggling locals in getting provided appropriate care for low costs.

    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


D

Student Organizations

  • Diversity Mentors in Medical Education

    Organization Type

    Professional Social


    Membership Style

    By School


    Mission Statement

    The Diversity Mentors in Medical Education (DMIME) at UTMB is dedicated to providing opportunities for students to interact and receive mentorship from physicians who share similar backgrounds. Our organization aims to address the underrepresentation of historically marginalized groups in competitive medical specialties, ultimately improving patient care. DMIME will accomplish this through a mentorship program tailored to mentees' ethnocultural narratives, monthly Speaker's Bureau events, and workshops focused on developing essential medical skills. We strive to bridge the gap between students and experienced healthcare professionals, fostering a community that embraces diversity, equality, and inclusion in medicine and allied health professions.


    Activities

    • Attending Conferences
    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Hosting Student Organization Fundraisers
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Hosting Presentation Practice Sessions
    • Other

    DMIME will have a mentorship program tailored to mentees' ethnocultural narratives, monthly Speaker's Bureau events, and workshops focused on developing essential medical skills. It is important for us to attend conferences and present research about how our unique mentor-mentee pairing system will impact the success of that professional relationship. Attending diversity conferences will also help us to gather more information over how we can improve our organization. Tabling booths at events will help us grow our organization and acquire more faculty mentors. As mentioned above our speakers Bureau will help our members connect with practicing health professionals who have their own unique background and story. If at any point, our organization needs more funding to make events, travel, and meetings possible, we will host student organization fundraisers. Our essential medical skills workshops will likely involve us creating our own educational materials which will be made to reflect the most up to date policies and laws. We hope to host practice presentation sessions in order to also help members develop important skills.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Lizette Gutierrez (lcgutier@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Aisha Cantu (aicantu@utmb.edu)

E

Student Organizations

  • Experimental Pathology Student Organization

    Organization Type

    Social


    Membership Style

    BySchool


    Mission Statement

    The Organization is an educational organization, which exists to share information among Experimental Pathology students, to foster their development and growth, and to further their interests. Other purposes shall include, but are not limited to, inviting guest speakers, honoring ExPath students and faculty members, helping with orientation programs for new students, and social service projects.


    Activities

    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Volunteering
    • Other

    Our organization holds events that can benefit students of the Experimental Pathology Graduate Program.

    Social events like new student orientation and get togethers help introduce new studetns to the current ExPath student body and helps foster development and camaraderie between ExPath students. Guest speaker events will help educate ExPath students on Infectious Disease/Pathology research and career opportunities.

    EPSO believes in the importance of giving back to the community, as connection with the community is what allows us to perform our research in Galveston.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Other


    Officer Board

    • President – Casey Gonzales (casagonz@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Eldridge Hager (eehager@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Jere McBridePathology Department - (jemcbrid@utmb.edu)

F

Student Organizations

  • First in the Family

    Organization Type

    Professional Social


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    First in the Family is an organization dedicated to supporting and advocating for first-generation healthcare and science students through mentorship, resources, networking, and service.


    Activities

    • Hosting Donation Drives
    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Creating Educational Materials
    • Volunteering
    • Other

    Speed-dating Events: These events introduce students to various specialties. We invite physicians from less familiar specialties to share their journeys as first-generation doctors. Additionally, these physicians teach students practical skills, such as suturing and intubation. This initiative bridges the networking gap for first-generation students, allowing them exposure to, and encouragement towards, specialized fields.

    Collaborative Service Events: We partner with other volunteer-based student organizations to serve the Galveston community. Recognizing that many existing volunteer groups are already active, our goal is collaboration, promoting active service among our members. As first-generation students, we owe much to our communities, and this initiative allows us to give back to the Galveston community we now call home.

    Monthly/Biweekly Service Opportunities at UTMB Hospital (Coffee Cart): On a regular schedule, students will visit different units within the UTMB Hospital campuses, offering coffee, tea, and books. This not only brightens the day for patients who might lack regular visitors but also helps students familiarize themselves with the hospital layout. Serving within healthcare settings like this prepares students for a more empathetic approach to their future medical careers.

    Socials: These events range from study sessions and cafe breaks to movie nights. The primary aim is to foster bonds within the first-generation student community. By doing so, we hope to alleviate feelings of imposter syndrome that may plague some students.

    Intro-to-didactic Classes: Prior to each M1 course (GAR, MCT, PHD, NHB), upperclassmen will offer advice, resources, and support to incoming M1s. This ensures that our members are adequately prepared for each course, with experienced students playing an active mentoring role.

    Mentorship Events: Central to our organization's mission, these events aim to connect mentors and mentees, offering them a dedicated space to interact and bond.

    Holiday Party: Held around Halloween or Christmas, this party offers food, activities, and door-prizes for members. Additionally, we'll organize a drive to benefit a specific Galveston organization.

    Workshops: Covering a range of topics from faculty panels and financial aid to clinical rotations, these workshops equip students with knowledge outside of their regular coursework. The primary goal is to ensure students have all the tools they need to succeed.


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Semesterly (Once a Semester),


    Officer Board

    • President – Nandika Masingka (namansin@UTMB.EDU)
    • Vice President – Casey Brusen (cabrusen@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Lynchi Nguyen (lypnguye@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Nhu Nguyen (nhpnguye@Utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Sheza Habib (shhabib@utmb.edu)
    • Director of Membership and Mentorship – Isabella Mcelroy (irmcelro@UTMB.EDU)
    • Directors of Specialty Events – Meagan King (meaking@UTMB.EDU)
    • Director of Membership and Mentorship – Jasmine Tran (jasntran@UTMB.EDU)
    • Director of Specialty Events – Riddhi Pareek (ripareek@UTMB.EDU)
    • Director of Engagement – Shaina Banh (shbanh@UTMB.EDU)
    • Director of Engagement – Alexander Xavier (avxavier@UTMB.EDU)
    • Director of Community Service – Beck Burgelin (beburgel@UTMB.EDU)
    • Director of Community Service – Riya Sood (risood@UTMB.EDU)
    • Director of Research and Resources – Michael Nguyen (minguye5@UTMB.EDU)
    • Historian – Michelle Kim (mskim@UTMB.EDU)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Norma PerezStudent Affairs - (noaperez@UTMB.EDU)
  • Fitness for ALL

    Organization Type

    Social Sport


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    Fitness For ALL serves to offer individuals who are interested in fitness different forms of exercise. No matter your level or expertise, our goal is to provide fun workouts and create camaraderie amongst the entirety of UTMB through various activities.

    At a time in which fitness and health are more important than ever, we hope to provide alternatives to simply running or weightlifting through high intensity interval training and different creative exercise regimens. We look to create workouts that are challenging to everyone but are also accommodating to each individual’s fitness level and capabilities.


    Activities

    None

     


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Weekly (Once A Week),


    Officer Board

    • President – Christina Kelly (cbkelly@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – Kade Thompson (kaathomp@utmb.edu)

  • Food For Thought

    Organization Type

    Service Social


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The purpose of Food For Thought is to educate both students and the community about the importance of a balanced diet. We aim to serve around the Galveston area to bring awareness of both easy and accessible ways to implement healthy eating.


    Activities

    • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
    • Volunteering
    • Other

    Our organization hosts events for students on campus. Our guest speakers include our faculty sponsor and other UTMB faculty members. These faculty have expertise about nutrition, diet, and medicine that students would benefit from learning from. We also hold volunteer events throughout the year to get students involved. We are planning to work with Galveston's Own Farmers Market this year to provide our members with more volunteer events.


    Meeting Location

    Virtually, On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Other


    Officer Board

    • President – Courtney Mack (comack@utmb.edu)
    • Social Media Officer – Inaara Aly (ibaly@UTMB.EDU)
    • President – Rebecca Abrams (raabrams@UTMB.EDU)
    • St. Vincent's Liaison – Megan Zachariah (mazachar@UTMB.EDU)
    • Treasurer – Prashanth Kotla (pskotla@UTMB.EDU)
    • Secretary – Gazal Parekh (gaparekh@UTMB.EDU)
    • Vice President – Kaylee Fish (klfish@UTMB.EDU)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Sagar KamprathFamily Medicine - (sakampra@UTMB.EDU)
  • Frontera de Salud

    Organization Type

    Service, Social, Professional 


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    Frontera de Salud is an interdisciplinary student-run, Hearst Foundation endowed, 501(c) (3) healthcare service program for students, faculty volunteers and healthcare providers to bring medical and healthy living services to underserved areas of Texas. Frontera de Salud provides education to students, allows students to develop skills in practicing scientifically based yet compassionate preventive patient care and benefits communities by connecting students, patients, community health programs and other resources. The students lead in deciding what activities to participate in and which organizations to collaborate with.


    Activities

    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Volunteering
    • Other

    Frontera de Salud tables booths at various events on the UTMB campus. Whether it be at Plazapalooza or JSSOM/SON/OT/etc. orientations, tabling booths gives Frontera de Salud the opportunity to get our name out to the entire UTMB community and recruit students from various programs. We have liaison and ambassadors from the various programs at UTMB who lead these events.

    Frontera de Salud offers a wide variety of opportunities to volunteer. Some of these opportunities include local vaccine clinics, health fairs, weekly garden harvesting and maintenance at Holland House, monthly Coastal Pals activities at Holland House, and an annual medical mission trip to Presidio County.

    These activities are important to fulfilling the Frontera de Salud mission which is to identify and address community healthcare needs of the local under-served community while providing students additional competencies in primary healthcare settings and exposing students to the most under-served and disadvantaged communities in order to engender empathy, compassion, and a commitment to service.

    Frontera de Salud offers students opportunities in research and scholarship to showcase our various projects to the UTMB and greater Galveston communities. Some of our presentations have focused on our work along the border, the garden beds we built at Holland House and funded by the President's Cabinet Award, and the Coastal Pals program which offers companionship to the various residents at Holland House.

    Our engagement in research and scholarship is important to developing the professional skills of our students and showcasing the many ways we are impacting our Galveston community and beyond.

    Frontera de Salud encourages students to further develop their Spanish skills at IPE Spanish workshops held in collaboration with QQD, COTAD, and LMSA. These workshops focus on language in the clinical setting and are geared to allow learners of all levels to practice and expand their knowledge. While speaking Spanish is not a requirement to join our organization, it is a useful skill to have for our annual medical mission trip along the border.


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus, Off-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Semesterly (Once a Semester),


    Officer Board

    • Co-President – Elysse Reyes (emreyes@utmb.edu)
    • Co-President – Lydia Jepsen (lajepsen@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Nova Phillips-Latham (ncphilli@utmb.edu)
    • Public Relations and Social Chair – Megan Offutt (mroffutt@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Norma Perez RaifaisenOffice of Student Affairs - (noaperez@utmb.edu)
    • Amber ArmsteadDepartment of Occupational Therapy - (abarmste@utmb.edu)

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Student Organizations

  • Gamers in Healthcare

    Organization Type

    Social


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    The purpose of the UTMB Gamers in Healthcare organization is to facilitate camaraderie and subsequently social wellness within the UTMB student body by bringing together those who enjoy playing board games, video games, and other similar activities.


    Activities

    Other

    Hosting semesterly tournaments in a variety of games to strengthen bonds between students in varying fields of healthcare.


    Meeting Location

    Off-Campus


    Meeting Frequency

    Semesterly (Once a Semester)


    Officer Board

    • President – Ethan Glass (etglass@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – James Chen (jwchen@utmb.edu)
    • Operations Manager – Brian Mai (brmai@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Richard LuDivision of Minimally Invasive and Foregut Surgery, Associate Program Director - (rllu@utmb.edu)
  • Graduate Student Organization

    Organization Type

    Professional Service Social


    Membership Style

    BySchool


    Mission Statement

    The purpose of the Graduate Student Organization (GSO) is to serve the students in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) at UTMB. Ways that the GSO serves it's members is to provide activities for incoming students to meet and interact with current students, consult with the deans of GSBS to improve the graduate school experience for students, and provide a go-between for students when issues arise.


    Activities

    • Participating in Donation Drives
    • Tabling Booths at Events
    • Volunteering
    • Other

    GSO organizes two social events for graduate students each year, once in the fall and once in the spring.

    GSO also organizes an annual Crawfish Boil for all students at UTMB through TGIT funding.

    We also encourage participation in community and school-wide service events including the Student Life Holiday Toy Drive and United to Serve.


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Monthly (Once a Month),


    Officer Board

    • President – Faith Cox (facox@utmb.edu)
    • Vice President – John Hurley (jdhurley@utmb.edu)
    • Treasurer – Angel Morgan (anlmorga@utmb.edu)
    • Secretary – Gabrielle Dewson (gsdewson@utmb.edu)

    Faculty Advisor(s)

    • Janice EndsleyMicrobiology and Immunology - (jjendsle@utmb.edu)

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Student Organizations

I

Student Organizations

  • Infusion at UTMB

    Organization Type

    Social Sport Other


    Membership Style

    University-Wide


    Mission Statement

    At inFusion Dance, our mission is to celebrate cultures and traditions through the art of dance. We strive to create a diverse and welcoming community where students can learn, grow, and share their heritage with others. Our goal is to foster a love of dance and provide a supportive environment for students to explore their passion while embracing and respecting different cultural backgrounds.


    Activities

    Other

    Dance Workshops- Infusion teaches dance workshops of various styles. Our workshops allow for students to learn about various dance styles from different cultures all around the world (ie. Afrobeats, Bhangra, Bollywood, HipHop, K-pop). Our workshops are 1 hour and provide a fun space for socialization, physical activity, and creative expression.


    Meeting Location

    On-Campus,


    Meeting Frequency

    Weekly (Once A Week),


    Officer Board

    • President – Mansi Diwanji (mddiwanj@UTMB.EDU)
    • President – Mychau Nguyen (mycnguye@utmb.edu)
    • Ad Hoc Dance Coordinator – Ayush Singh (ayksingh@utmb.edu)
    • Ad Hoc Dance Coordinator – Sneha Gajarla (sngajarl@utmb.edu)
    • Ad Hoc Dance Coordinator – Shiva Nuti (sanuti@utmb.edu)
    • Ad Hoc Dance Coordinator – Nihanth Palivela (nipalive@utmb.edu)
    • Ad Hoc Dance Coordinator – Eloise-Emmanuella Taha (eztaha@utmb.edu)
    • Island Kickboxing at UTMB

      Organization Type

      Social Sport


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      Island Kickboxing at UTMB aims to provide a safe, fun, and inclusive environment to appreciate and learn kickboxing. The organization will provide UTMB faculty, students, and staff with a curriculum to practice and sharpen kickboxing skills while prioritizing safety and catering each class to the individual’s skill levels.


      Activities

      Other

      The club will host classes open to all skill levels for those interested in kickboxing. In addition, we will host watch events to facilitate the creation of a community that can appreciate the sport, as well as developing and hosting safety seminars for the broader community.


      Meeting Location

      On-Campus,


      Meeting Frequency

      Weekly (Once A Week),


      Officer Board

      • President – Levi Saucedo (lesauced@utmb.edu)
      • President – Hannah Yu (hjyu@utmb.edu)
      • Vice President – Kelli Blackwell (kmblackw@utmb.edu)
      • Vice President – Alexis Ellerbe (agellerb@utmb.edu)
      • Treasurer – Alex Sosa (alsosa@utmb.edu)

      Faculty Advisor(s)

      • Chandler SelfPsychiatry/Behavioral Science - (mcself@utmb.edu)

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    Student Organizations

    • Jewish Student Association

      Organization Type

      Service, Social, Cultural, Religious


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      The purpose of The Jewish Student Association at UTMB is to create a community of Jewish graduate and medical students on Galveston Island. Through social events and other community activities, we will create a support system and safe space for Jewish students as we pursue higher education in healthcare.


      Activities

      • Tabling Booths at Events
      • Volunteering
      • Other

      We host social events to build Jewish community within UTMB. We also have participated in different events by hosting a booth and providing education regarding Judaism and the Jewish community to UTMB peers.


      Meeting Location

      Virtually, Off-Campus


      Meeting Frequency

      Monthly (Once a Month)


      Officer Board

      • President – Alexis Whellan (anwhella@utmb.edu)
      • President – Quincy Seigel (qhseigel@utmb.edu)

      Faculty Advisor(s)

      • Ruth LevineStudent Affairs and Admissions - (rlevine@utmb.edu)

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    Student Organizations

    • Kappa Chi Delta

      Organization Type

      Fraternal Social


      Membership Style

      BySchool


      Mission Statement

      The purpose of this organization shall be to provide a foundation for women pursuing medicine to share in those activities of a professional, scholastic and social nature. Included in the goals is the promotion of unity and sisterhood of its members, both past and present. The cultivation of sisterhood, service, scholarship and leadership shall be the motive of our existence. This organization shall not discriminate with regard to race, color, religion, creed or national origin.


      Activities

      Hosting Donation Drives

      We haven't done this yet but are interested in doing so in order to give back to the community.


      Meeting Location

      Virtually, On-Campus,


      Meeting Frequency

      Other


      Officer Board

      • President – Sabrina Pescatore (smpescat@utmb.edu)
      • Vice President – Kelli Gilliam (kegillia@utmb.edu )
      • Education Chair – Kailee Shockey (keshocke@utmb.edu)
      • PR & Design – Victoria Till (vitill@utmb.edu)
      • Philanthropy Officer – Inchara Raj (inraj@utmb.edu)
      • Treasurer – Benita Lalani (balalani@utmb.edu)
      • Tutor – Christina Kelly (cbkelly@utmb.edu)
      • Tutor – Sydney Sanders (sysander@utmb.edu)
      • Social Chair – Lexi Alexis Ellerbe (agellerb@utmb.edu)
      • Social Officer – Yasamin Rastgar (yarastga@utmb.edu)

      Faculty Advisor(s)

      • Melissa DelfilippisPsychiatry - (msdefili@UTMB.EDU)

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    Student Organizations

    • Literature in Medicine

      Organization Type

      Social


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      Literature in Medicine is a Socratic society (book club) designed to introduce students to medical ethics and humanities through literature and discussion. The organization is a welcoming and respectful environment to discuss the nuances of medicine through variable critical lenses and seeks to better understand the human condition.


      Activities

      Hosting Guest Speaker Events

      After selecting the month's book, Lit. & Med will reach out to authors and thought leaders in the space to share their thoughts, opinions, and guide discussion if desired. This activity seeks to provide a welcoming and respectful environment to discuss the nuances of medicine through variable critical lenses to better understand and appreciate the human condition.


      Meeting Location

      On-Campus, Off-Campus


      Meeting Frequency

      Other


      Officer Board

      • President – Karen Rojas (knrojas@utmb.edu)
      • Event Coordinator – Amy Wang (amywang@utmb.edu)
      • Communications Coordinator – Brandon Lopez (braalope@utmb.edu)
      • Event Coordinator – Yasamin Rastgar (yarastga@utmb.edu)
      • Treasurer – Swetha Manne (swmanne@utmb.edu)
      • Outreach Coordinator – Alex Soybel (alsoybel@utmb.edu)

      Faculty Advisor(s)

      • Jacob MosesBioethics & Health Humanities - (jdmoses@utmb.edu)

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    Student Organizations

    • MD-PhD Student Association

      Organization Type

      Professional Social


      Membership Style

      ByProfession


      Mission Statement

      The MD-PhD Student Association serves to increase cohesion and camaraderie among MD-PhD students through social and educational events. The organization also relays student concerns to program leadership.


      Activities

      Other

      Activities include an annual program retreat; new student welcome events; professional development with faculty; research updates; career options and advising; mentorship and troubleshooting. These activities serve to integrate and enrich the social and academic experiences of MD-PhD students.


      Meeting Location

      Virtually, On-Campus, Off-Campus


      Meeting Frequency

      Other


      Officer Board

      • President – Grayson Jackson (grrjacks@utmb.edu)
      • Vice President – Shrinath Kadamangudi (shkadama@utmb.edu)
      • Treasurer – Jonathan Lin (jolin@utmb.edu)
      • Social Chair – Sarah Bowser (saainswo@utmb.edu)
      • First-Year Representative – Isabelle Bergman (ibbergma@utmb.edu)

      Faculty Advisor(s)

      • Michael LaposataPathology - (milaposa@utmb.edu)
    • Medicine in the Middle

      Organization Type

      Social Cultural


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      We provide a safe space to discuss difficult, controversial healthcare topics in a constructive way without fear of judgement. We welcome opinions from the complete spectrum and encourage people to disagree in a polite, compassionate way.


      Activities

      Other

      Gathering together to discuss topics


      Meeting Location

      On-Campus,


      Meeting Frequency

      Monthly (Once a Month) and Semesterly (Once a Semester)

      Officer Board

      • President – Jacob Harper (jacharpe@utmb.edu)
      • Vice President – David Clark (dsclark@utmb.edu)

      Faculty Advisor(s)

      • William WeissOrthopedics - (wiweiss@utmb.edu)
    • Men Entering Nursing (Men In Nursing)

      Organization Type

      Professional Social


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      The purpose of this organization is to provide a social support network for the entry of men into the nursing profession. Our end goal is to encourage more men to enter the nursing field and to instill positive perceptions of male nurses through our actions


      Activities

      Hosting Guest Speaker Events

      Our organization invites speakers to come and educate about the history of male nurses and possible barriers that could be inhibiting more men from choosing to pursue a career as nurses.


      Meeting Location

      On-Campus,


      Meeting Frequency

      Monthly (Once a Month),


      Officer Board

      • President – Chris Nguyen (chrtnguy@utmb.edu)
      • Secretary – Abdul Nagri (abnagri@utmb.edu)
      • Historian – Diego Salinas (diesalin@utmb.edu)
      • Treasurer – Ernesto Salas (ersalas@utmb.edu)
      • Public Relations – Connor Byrne (cpbyrne@utmb.edu)

      Faculty Advisor(s)

      • Zachary CarsonSON Professor - (zwcarson@utmb.edu)
    • Microbiology and Immunology Student Organization

      Organization Type

      Social


      Membership Style

      By School


      Mission Statement

      The Organization is an educational organization, which exists to share information among Microbiology and Immunology students, to foster their development and growth, and to further their interests. Other purposes shall include, but are not limited to, inviting guest speakers, honoring M&I students and faculty members, helping with orientation programs for new students, and social service projects.


      Activities

      Hosting Presentation Practice Sessions

      The MISO is a cohesive unit primarily comprising of the PhD students. We provide a platform for all students to practice their Student Research Update Seminars, mock qualifying exam presentations, dissertation defense presentation and any other relevant talk (like those given at conferences or scientific meetings).

      The goal is to enhance the presentation skills in the presence of qualified peers and gain an alternate perspective on research topics.



      Meeting Location

      On-Campus, Off-Campus


      Meeting Frequency

      Semesterly (Once a Semester)


      Officer Board

      • Secretary – Alexander Alvarado (alexalva@utmb.edu)

      Faculty Advisor(s)

      • Lynn SoongMicrobiology and Immunology - (lysoong@utmb.edu)
    • Music in Medicine

      Organization Type

      Social, Cultural, Other


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      Music in Medicine strives to provide instrumentalists/musicians within UTMB an avenue to express creativity with their peers and participate in events around the Galveston community that use music to uplift the spirits of those who need it most.


      Activities

      • Tabling Booths at Events
      • Volunteering
      • Other

      Music in Medicine participates in events such as tabling to increase membership and ensure the sustainability of the organization. We engage in volunteering when able to uplift the spirits of patients and the general public. We engage in various performances and social events throughout the year to encourage our members to express their creativity and find a community of like-minded individuals.


      Meeting Location

      Virtually, On-Campus,


      Meeting Frequency

      Semesterly (Once a Semester)


      Officer Board

      • President – Pamela Horton Embrey (pahorton@utmb.edu)
      • Vice President – Anna Rose Beck (anrbeck@utmb.edu)
      • Treasurer – Leslie Rodriguez (lesrodri@utmb.edu)
      • Social Chair – Stephanie Kim (stekim@utmb.edu)
      • Music Producer – Jonathan Adams (jbadams@utmb.edu)
      • Outreach Coordinator – Laneisha Hale (lrhale@utmb.edu)

      Faculty Advisor(s)

      • Matthew DacsoInternal Medicine - (mmdacso@utmb.edu)

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    Student Organizations

    • Neuroscience Student Organization

      Organization Type

      Professional Social


      Membership Style

      BySchool


      Mission Statement

      To promote academic, social and professional opportunites to learn and advance in the field of Neuroscience.


      Activities

      • Attending Conferences
      • Tabling Booths at Events
      • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
      • Attending Guest Speaker Events
      • Creating Educational Materials
      • Volunteering

      The NSO organizes the annual NGP Student Symposium, where all NGP students are required to present their research. In addition to receiving feedback from a panel of neuroscience faculty, students are also required to provide critical feedback to all of their peers, thus bolstering our critical thinking skills and communication of constructive feedback. The NSO also hosts monthly meeting, inviting speakers to provide insights into achieving success in graduate training and career development (industry, academia, service, etc.).


      Meeting Location

      On-Campus,


      Meeting Frequency

      Monthly (Once a Month),


      Officer Board

      • President – Kevin Johnson (kevjjohn@utmb.edu)
      • Vice President – Melissa Henwood (mkhenwoo@utmb.edu)

      Faculty Advisor(s)

      • Ping WuNeurobiology - (piwu@utmb.edu)
    • Nutrition for Fitness

      Nutrition for Fitness
      NFF

      Type: Professional, Social, Service, Sport

      Membership: By School - SOM

      Mission Statement: Provide medical students an open atmosphere to discuss training protocols, personal nutrition, and healthy habits. As a result, medical students in the organization will undergo fitness-based, educational discussions and form a peer support network with like-minded individuals to improve the physical fitness of all members.

      Activities:

      • Roundtable discussions about current fitness topics and debunking fad diets along with fitness myths.
      • Monthly presentations regarding an aspect of fitness and nutrition, followed by an organized discussion about how such information can be applied to medicine.
      • Maintaining a social network that helps remind medical students to stay mindful of their training and nutrition regimens, while supporting each other in developing and maintaining healthy habits.
      • Encouragement to students by messaging platforms during exam periods to keep a balance between physical health, exercise, and academics.
      • Nutritionally-focused potlucks where macronutrients for students are provided for each meal while group bonding is facilitated.
      • Planned group lifting sessions to the Alumni Field House for accountability, motivation, and fun amongst organization members.


      Organization Website: None On File

      Organization Email: None On File

      Officer Board:



      Faculty Advisor(s):



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    Student Organizations

    • Outdoor Club at UTMB

      Organization Type

      Service Social


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      To encourage UTMB students to spend time outside for the betterment of wellbeing and formation of community through accessible events.


      Activities

      • Tabling Booths at Events
      • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
      • Creating Educational Materials
      • Volunteering
      • Other
      • Walks on the beach
      • Hikes in the state park
      • Hikes in the state forest
      • Beach s'more nights
      • Stargazing sessions
      • Camping in permitted beach locations/state forest locations
      • Educational workshops
      • Potentially trips to state parks farther away
      • Faculty-guided activities
      Participation in the outdoors may seem inaccessible to some, so our goal is to create a welcoming environment where everyone can spend time outside in community. Time outside supports wellbeing as well, and our hope is to provide a stress-relieving way for everyone to get some sunshine, learn a new skill, and serve in our community as well through outdoor opportunities. Given that the outdoors is not a familiar environment to many, and that we have many outdoor-passionate faculty at UTMB we plan to provide educational material and talks from faculty on recreating outdoors in various activities.

      Meeting Location

      Virtually, On-Campus, Off-Campus


      Meeting Frequency

      Monthly (Once a Month)


      Officer Board

      • Director of Exploration – Hannah Buckingham (habuckin@utmb.edu)
      • Chair of Service & Collaboration – Jasmine Tran (jasntran@utmb.edu)
      • Chair of Social Relations & Communication – Luke Smith (belsmith@utmb.edu)
      • Chair of Marketing & Media – Audrey Schulze (amschulz@utmb.edu)
      • Chair of Planning & Logistics – Luke Hamilton (luhamilt@utmb.edu)
      • Chair of Information & Operation – Shalini Ramachandran (shramach@utmb.edu)

      Faculty Advisor(s)

      • Harold PineOtolaryngology - (hspine@utmb.edu)

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    Student Organizations

    • Broca Public Speaking Organization

      Organization Type

      Professional, Social, Other


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      Provide members low pressure opportunities to improve public speaking skills.


      Activities

      • Tabling Booths at Events
      • Creating Educational Materials
      • Other

      Weekly emails with educational material and Monthly meeting with different speaking opportunities


      Meeting Location

      On-Campus


      Meeting Frequency

      Monthly (Once a Month)


      Officer Board

      • Co-President – Devon Jacob (djjacob@utmb.edu)
      • Co-President – Andrew Thornton (anthornt@utmb.edu )
      • Secretary – Esther Jeong (eyjeong@utmb.edu)
      • Secretary – Cristal Monzon-Hernandez (crmonzon@utmb.edu )
      • Historian – Alondra Uribe Sanchez (aguribes@utmb.edu)
      • Historian – Sathvik Srinivasan (sasriniv@utmb.edu)

      Faculty Advisor(s)

      • Chandler SelfUTMB Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - (mcself@utmb.edu)
    • Pan-African Student Society

      Organization Type

      Social, Cultural


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      The purpose of the Pan African Student Society (PASS) is to provide social support for incoming and current students while they are making an often difficult adjustment to life in Galveston and at The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB); to provide support for the new students and try to improve their social interaction skills; to try to resolve any problems that may arise due to cultural differences and provide a safe space for integration into the campus community.


      Activities

      • Hosting Donation Drives
      • Participating in Donation Drives
      • Tabling Booths at Events
      • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
      • Hosting an SGA Sponsored Event
      • Attending Guest Speaker Events
      • Volunteering

      PASS hopes to host donation drives (clothing, food, etc), table about our organization, have guest speakers at our events pr attend speaking events where faculty would be presenting at. We also plan to volunteer for organizations on and off campus. As for the SGA sponsored event, we hope to host a cultural fashion show or a similar event to not only showcase our various and diverse cultures, but to bridge all of the inter-disciplines at UTMB through community.


      Meeting Location

      On-Campus,


      Meeting Frequency

      Monthly (Once a Month),


      Officer Board

      • President – Faith Adjei-Sarpong (fnadjeis@utmb.edu)
      • President – Clara Claramence Dokyi (cldokyi@utmb.edu)
      • Secretary – Mola Adedamola Ashade (adashade@utmb.edu)
      • Treasurer – Dolapo Adedolapo Akorede (arakored@utmb.edu)
      • Vice President – Abiodun Adebayo (abadebay@utmb.edu)

      Faculty Advisor(s)

      • Anthony OkoroduduPathology - (aookorod@utmb.edu)
    • Partnered/Parents in Medicine

      Organization Type

      Social


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      Partnered/Parents in Medicine is a group dedicated to help and support UTMB students navigate the challenges of being a parent and a partner during this busy time of their lives through social events, mentorship opportunities, service projects, and informational sessions from faculty.


      Activities

      • Hosting Donation Drives
      • Participating in Donation Drives
      • Tabling Booths at Events
      • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
      • Volunteering

      The activities provide social, informational, and volunteering experiences for our members and their families.


      Meeting Location

      Virtually, On-Campus, Off-Campus


      Meeting Frequency

      Monthly (Once a Month),


      Officer Board

      • President – Jeff Bowcutt (jtbowcutt@utmb.edu)
      • Vice President – Gabrielle Cheney (glcheney@utmb.edu)
      • Secretary – Jose Abril (joabril@utmb.edu)

    • Pediatric Student Association

      Organization Type

      Professional Service Social


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      The Pediatric Student Association seeks to provide students with opportunities in pediatrics in order to allow them to discover if this is the field they wish to pursue. These activities, which could range from volunteering, research, mentorship, shadowing, etc., are aimed at setting students up for success for their future in healthcare.


      Activities

      • Attending Conferences
      • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
      • Attending Guest Speaker Events
      • Hosting Student Organization Fundraisers
      • Volunteering

      PSA seeks to provide events which will encourage and educate our members on the reality of pursuing pediatric medicine.

      Hosting guest speakers allows PSA to hear from medical professionals who have more experience in pediatric medicine and have wisdom to offer our members. Attending conferences also allows us to hear from local and national organizations about the field of pediatrics.

      Fundraisers and volunteering activities give our members the opportunity to give back to the community and UTMB, and to possibly earn more experience in a medical setting.


      Meeting Location

      On-Campus,


      Meeting Frequency

      Monthly (Once a Month),


      Officer Board

      • President – Kristopher Hurst (krehurst@gmail.com)
      • Vice President – Devin Davis (dvdavis@utmb.edu)

      Faculty Advisor(s)

      • Patricia RogersDepartment of Pediatrics - (parogers@utmb.edu)
    • Pharmacology and Toxicology Scholar Organization

      Organization Type

      Professional Service Social


      Membership Style

      BySchool


      Mission Statement

      PTSO is an educational organization founded to represent and promote the students enrolled in graduate studies in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.

      Our purpose is to maximize experience, networking, and scholarship for students in the Pharmacology & Toxicology graduate program.

      Our goal is to provide an instructive and interactive environment for our members to connect with fellow students and faculty, as well as to give back to the community through information sessions, volunteering activities, and various social events.


      Activities

      Other

      Pharmacology & Toxicology Student Meet and Greet - chance for current students to meet incoming students, network, and gain resources

      Pharmacology & Toxicology Annual Summer Symposium - yearly 1-2 day meeting where all pharmacology and toxicology students present their project from the past year and receive feedback from peers and faculty

      The Bohdan R. Nechay, PhD Lectureship in Pharmacology - opportunity for students to invite esteemed scientists in the pharmacology and toxicology field to present their work, meet students and faculty, and network


      Meeting Location

      Virtually, On-Campus


      Meeting Frequency

      Semesterly (Once a Semester)


      Officer Board

      • President – Danielle Jamison (dajamiso@utmb.edu)
      • Vice President – Emma Pfortmiller (empfortm@utmb.edu)
      • Treasurer – Julia Granchi (jmgranch@utmb.edu)
      • Secretary – Katherine Araya (ktaraya@utmb.edu)

      Faculty Advisor(s)

      • Noelle C. AnastasioPharmacology - (ncanasta@utmb.edu)
    • Phi Beta Pi: Medical Fraternity

      Organization Type

      Service Fraternal Social


      Membership Style

      BySchool


      Mission Statement

      Phi Beta Pi provides a brotherhood existing to pursue the goals of achieving academic excellence, providing mentorship, and promoting philanthropic events in our community


      Activities

      • Hosting Donation Drives
      • Participating in Donation Drives
      • Tabling Booths at Events
      • Volunteering

      Our organization develops members through fellowship and community service. We are proud to be members of the Galveston Community and enjoy volunteering with organizations such as City of Galveston Parks and Recreation, Galveston Food Bank, and Galveston Bay Foundation.


      Meeting Location

      Off-Campus


      Meeting Frequency

      Monthly (Once a Month),


      Officer Board

      • President – Benjamin Wick (bewick@utmb.edu)
      • Vice President – Ayush Singh (ayksingh@utmb.edu)
      • Vice President – Raheed Sunesra (rasunesr@utmb.edu)

    • Pickleball Club

      Organization Type

      Social Sport


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      Pickleball Club at UTMB is designed to promote the sport of recreational, social, and competitive pickleball and related events at UTMB, to support the interests of the sport, providing a warm and welcoming environment for all members of various skill levels to foster teamwork and sportsmanship and to provide a safe and fun environment for exercise and fitness.


      Activities

      Other

      We will have weekly pickleball sessions at local tennis courts, allowing people of all skill levels and providing paddles and pickleballs to garner a learning and welcoming atmosphere to explore the sport! Also, these hitting sessions will provide a great networking place for students of all schools to engage and talk to each other about their own experiences.


      Meeting Location

      On-Campus, Off-Campus


      Meeting Frequency

      Weekly (Once A Week),


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    Student Organizations

    • Que Quiere Decir

      Organization Type

      Professional Social Cultural


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      Elevating Cultural Awareness and Medical Spanish Proficiency: Our mission is to educate and empower by imparting insights into the Hispanic community's rich culture, while also equipping individuals with fundamental medical Spanish skills to enhance cross-cultural communication and care


      Activities

      • Tabling Booths at Events
      • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
      • Hosting Student Organization Fundraisers
      • Creating Educational Materials
      • Volunteering

      we are in the plans to spread the word as much as we can about the organization. We want to fundraise and also host events sch as loteria, "latin party", tamale sale in the winter


      Meeting Location

      Virtually,


      Meeting Frequency

      Monthly (Once a Month),


      Officer Board

      • President – Nicole Acosta (niacosta@utmb.edu)
      • Vice President – Mbinui Ghogomu (mbghogom@utmb.edu)
      • Treasurer – Alfredo Palacios (aapalaci@utmb.edu)
      • Event coordinator – Aparna Medarametla (apmedara@utmb.edu)
      • Event coordinator – John Jung (jojung@utmb.edu)
      • Social media coordinator – Paloma Rodriguez Paramo (palrodri@utmb.edu)

      Faculty Advisor(s)

      • Norma PerezAssistant Dean - (noaperez@utmb.edu)

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    Student Organizations

    S

    Student Organizations

    • Simulation Society at UTMB

      Organization Type

      Professional Social


      Membership Style

      BySchool


      Mission Statement

      The goal of Simulation Society at UTMB is to encourage excitement and interest for the emergency care of patients by providing hands-on experiences and interactive lectures to our members.


      Activities

      • Tabling Booths at Events
      • Creating Educational Materials
      • Hosting Presentation Practice Sessions

      We host practice session using the simulation center at UTMB to give students hands-on practice at how to manage various emergency situations. This helps teach students how to think on their feet and how to evaluate situations in a high-pressure setting.


      Meeting Location

      On-Campus


      Meeting Frequency

      Monthly (Once a Month)


      Officer Board

      • Junior Co-President – Gabe Gabriel Rivera (gjrivera@utmb.edu)
      • Educational Co-Chair – Angel renteria (anrenter@utmb.edu)
      • Treasurer – Stanley Troung (Sttroung@utmb.edu)
      • Social Chair – Emily Kim (emmkim@utmb.edu)
      • Educational Co-Chair – Delayne Coleman (decolma@utmb.edu)
      • Vice President – Connor June (cajune@utmb.edu)
      • Senior Co-President – Levi Saucedo (lesauced@utmb.edu)

    • Soccer Club

      Organization Type

      Social Sport


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      The purpose of our organization is to foster a collaborative and competitive soccer environment while uniting soccer enthusiasts and players from all interprofessional schools.


      Activities

      Other

      We meet twice per week to provide recreational competition after work hours.


      Meeting Location

      On-Campus,


      Meeting Frequency

      Bi-Weekly (Twice a Week),


      Officer Board

      • President – Lauren Frank (lbfrank@utmb.edu)
      • President – Jayson Vargas (jayvarga@utmb.edu)

    • Spikeball Club

      Organization Type

      Social Sport


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      To pursue the recreational game of spikeball.


      Activities

      None


      Meeting Location

      On-Campus,


      Meeting Frequency

      Weekly (Once A Week),


      Officer Board

      • President – Elliott Elliott Hernandez (elaherna@utmb.edu)
      • Vice President – Ethan Ethan Glass (etglass@utmb.edu)

      Faculty Advisor(s)

      • Sunil SahaiInternal Medicine - (sksahai@utmb.edu)
    • Student Interest Group for Neurology

      Organization Type

      Professional Service Social


      Membership Style

      BySchool


      Mission Statement

      To provide a welcoming space where students interested in neurology/neurosurgery/neuroscience and related specialties can learn more about these fields while engaging in volunteer, research, networking, and other opportunities that enrich their medical school experience.


      Activities

      • Tabling Booths at Events
      • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
      • Attending Guest Speaker Events
      • Volunteering

      Choosing a specialty is an important decision that medical students must make, and it's a decision that shouldn't solely be based on what's read in a textbook or what's observed on rounds. By hosting and participating in neurology/neuroscience-related volunteering events, hearing the breadth of experiences of experts in the field, and fostering a passion for neuroscience, we believe that our members will be well-equipped to decide if neurology and related specialties is right for them. Moreover, we want our members to have fun with all-things-neuro and we are excited to get this group back up and running!


      Meeting Location

      On-Campus


      Meeting Frequency

      Monthly (Once a Month)


      Officer Board

      • President – Garett Ozmer (glozmer@utmb.edu)
      • Vice President – Helen Onuorah (hoonuora@utmb.edu)
      • Secretary – Varesh Gorabi (vagorabi@utmb.edu)
      • Volunteer Coordinator – Karina Chowdhury (kachowdh@utmb.edu)
      • Events Coordinator – Adam Husain (adhusain@utmb.edu)

      Faculty Advisor(s)

      • Elena ShaninaNeurology - (elshanin@utmb.edu)
    • Student Nurses Against Cancer

      Organization Type

      Service Social


      Membership Style

      BySchool


      Mission Statement

      The mission of Student Nurses Against Cancer (SNAC) is to provide students with an avenue to serve patients and their families in our community who have been afflicted by cancer. This organization will give students the opportunity to grow in their skillset, through faculty mentorship and by providing hands-on activities with cancer patients and families. SNAC will better prepare students for being a compassionate and caring nurse.


      Activities

      • Attending Conferences
      • Hosting Donation Drives
      • Participating in Donation Drives
      • Tabling Booths at Events
      • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
      • Attending Guest Speaker Events
      • Creating Educational Materials
      • Volunteering

      This semester, we aim for SNAC to be more involved in our community and establish a welcoming environment in the world of Oncology for our students! Some ideas right now include having guest speakers talk about their career in oncology, finding organizations to help support such as Dr. Svoboda's organization, making bracelets and cards for patients, and hopefully get in contact with hospitals to see what we can help with. We hope to spread information and awareness through all our actions.


      Meeting Location

      Virtually, On-Campus


      Meeting Frequency

      Monthly (Once a Month)


      Officer Board

      • President – Yaneyza Reyna Rodriguez (yareynar@utmb.edu )
      • Vice President – Alina Cheruvil (alcheruv@utmb.edu)
      • Secretary – Yajaira Landaverde (Yslandav@utmb.edu)
      • Social Media Coordinator – Olivia Zucha (Olzucha@utmb.edu)
      • Social Outreach – Arianna Salinas (ariasali@utmb.edu)
      • Treasurer – Maryorie Rangel (mdrangel@utmb.edu)

      Faculty Advisor(s)

      • Meredith FordSchool of Nursing - (meford@utmb.edu)
    • Student Nurses' Association

      Organization Type

      Professional Service Social


      Membership Style

      BySchool


      Mission Statement

      Non-profit organization for nursing students at UTMB that fosters the professional development of nursing students. We advocate for and host leadership, philanthropic, and career development activities where students can listen to nursing leaders, faculty, and network with hundreds of other students through social and academic events.


      Activities

      • Attending Conferences
      • Participating in Donation Drives
      • Tabling Booths at Events
      • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
      • Attending Guest Speaker Events
      • Volunteering

      We host academic events hosted by professors and leaders in the nursing profession to help future RNs stay up to date with the nursing profession.

      We host social events for members that allows them the time to relax and take a break from studying while connecting with students in the nursing program from different semesters.

      We also offer community service events where students can volunteer their time to help those in need. This is an essential activity in the nursing profession and helps them work with various populations.


      Meeting Location

      Virtually, On-Campus


      Meeting Frequency

      Monthly (Once a Month)


      Officer Board

      • President – Justin Fuentes (jufuente@utmb.edu)
      • President – Leslie Pham (lnpham@utmb.edu)
      • Secretary – Sasha Ortiz (skortiz@utmb.edu)
      • Treasurer – Stephanie Richter (slrichte@utmb.edu)
      • Social/Publicity Chair – Jasmine Bismar (jabismar@utmb.edu)
      • Historian – Ana Contreras (anmcontr@utmb.edu)
      • Community Service Chair – Sajin Sam (sssam@utmb.edu)
      • Bylaws Chair – Alejandra Flores (alejflor@utmb.edu)
      • Fundraising Chair – Roxanne Fernandes (roxferna@utmb.edu)

      Faculty Advisor(s)

      • Morgan CangelosiSchool of Nursing - (mmcangel@utmb.edu)
      • Shatoi KingSchool of Nursing - (sthodge@utmb.edu)
      • Teresa GlazeSchool of Nursing - (tcglaze@utmb.edu)
    • Student Sports Physical Therapy Special Interest Group

      Organization Type

      Social Sport


      Membership Style

      ByProfession


      Mission Statement

      Our organization is focused on engaging in discussion over the sports chapter offered through the APTA membership, The American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy (AASPT). The goal is to meet monthly to discuss new sports physical therapy topics to grow in clinical practice and bring awareness to the research.


      Activities

      Hosting Guest Speaker Events and Other

      Guest Speakers will be present at some meetings.

      AASPT Monthly Magazines will be articles of discussion.

      AASPT Membership through the APTA is highly recommended.

      I want to give an equal opportunity to those SPT's who are interested in sports physical therapy to dive into the "how" and "why" of new research, treatment styles, and guest speaker career advice.


      Meeting Location

      Virtually


      Meeting Frequency

      Monthly (Once a Month)


      Officer Board

      • President – Jacob Kiser (jakiser@utmb.edu)
      • Vice President – Justin Juneau (jujuneau@utmb.edu)

      Faculty Advisor(s)

      • Lynne HugherPhysical Therapy - (lyhughes@utmb.edu)
    • Student Tennis Association

      Organization Type

      Social Sport


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      Our mission is to provide a safe and inclusive space for all UTMB students, residents, and faculty to play tennis. All skill levels are welcome!


      Activities

      Other

      Tennis sessions are open to all skill levels, and we want to provide the opportunity for all students to destress, network, and learn how to play tennis.


      Meeting Location

      On-Campus, Off-Campus


      Meeting Frequency

      Bi-Weekly (Every Other Week),


      Officer Board

      • Executive Board Member – Stephanie Kim (stekim@utmb.edu)
      • Executive Board Member – Viet Tran (vittran@utmb.edu)
      • Executive Board Member – Lily Nguyen (lilnguye@utmb.edu)
      • Executive Board Member – Jonathan Phan (jbphan@utmb.edu)
      • 2nd Year Representative – Abbas Karim (aakarim@utmb.edu)
      • Executive Board Member – Felix Fang (fefang@utmb.edu)
      • 2nd Year Representative – Rohan Shah (roshah@utmb.edu)
      • Executive Board Member – Chris Doan (cddoan@utmb.edu)
      • 2nd Year Representative – Mallory Walter (mkwalter@utmb.edu)
      • 2nd Year Representative – Suraj Vodnala (snvodnal@utmb.edu)

      Faculty Advisor(s)

      • Bi-Hung PengDepartment of Neurobiology - (bpeng@utmb.edu)
    • Swimming Association at UTMB

      Organization Type

      Service Social Sport


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      The purpose of the Swimming Association is to provide a safe and inclusive interprofessional environment to swim, exercise, de-stress, and socialize with classmates. We will hold weekly swimming workouts at the UTMB Alumni Field House open to all skill levels. We will educate people about water safety by organizing volunteering events with topics including water safety rules in and around the pool, how to use flotation devices and swimming gear, and hydration and skin protection while swimming outdoors.


      Activities

      Creating Educational Materials and Volunteering

      We would like to host volunteering events where we teach the community of Galveston about swimming, water safety, sunscreen use, and about diving in the pool. We would most likely collaborate with other organizations for educational events and would also give the public flyers with the information discussed.


      Meeting Location

      Virtually


      Meeting Frequency

      Monthly (Once a Month)


      Officer Board

      • President – Carolina Segura (carsegur@utmb.edu)
      • Vice President – Daaniya Syeda (dasyeda@utmb.edu)
      • Vice President – Sarah E. Muir (semuir@utmb.edu)

      Faculty Advisor(s)

      • Dr. Pierre BanksJohn Sealy School of Medicine - Office of Student Affairs & Admission - (pwbanks@utmb.edu)
    • Syncope A Capella

      Organization Type

      Service Social Cultural


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      To cultivate and share our joy for music with our patients, community and beyond.


      Activities

      Volunteering and Other

      Musical performances (either on or off-campus) are the heart of our organization and our mission. We participate in university events such as white coat ceremony and graduation, as well as community events, such as Dickens on the Strand. We also have participated in volunteer activities, such as holiday caroling in the hospital.


      Meeting Location

      On-Campus


      Meeting Frequency

      Other


      Officer Board

      • President – Anna Rose Beck (anrbeck@utmb.edu)
      • President – Laneisha Hale (lrhale@utmb.edu)
      • Vice President – Janisah Amirah Saripada (jisaripa@utmb.edu)
      • Secretary – Amy Wang (amywang@utmb.edu)
      • Treasurer – Gengi Kleto (gekleto@utmb.edu)
      • Treasurer – Zulfa Nadia Quadri (nzquadri@utmb.edu)

      Faculty Advisor(s)

      • Matthew DacsoInternal Medicine - (mmdacso@utmb.edu)

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    Student Organizations

    • Tiny Toes

      Organization Type

      Service Social


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      Tiny Toes is an organization dedicated to enhancing the knowledge of students interested in the neonatal field through volunteer efforts and educational opportunities


      Activities

      • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
      • Attending Guest Speaker Events
      • Volunteering

      During our general meetings, we will host guests speakers to have a Q&A session with our members. For example, we have had PICU nurses, PICU travel nurses, and Labor and Delivery nurses speak about their experience, tips, and answer any questions people have had. Additionally, we have connected with the UTMB NICU to allow our members access to the UTMB NICU reading program.

      We also have various volunteer opportunities such as lactation support group volunteering, where they assist a lactation consultant. All of these are important to students dedicated to expanding their knowledge about the neonate/pediatric field. It also allows for our members to make connections to important people in a field of interest towards their profession.


      Meeting Location

      Virtually, On-Campus


      Meeting Frequency

      Monthly (Once a Month)


      Officer Board

      • President – Jasmine Bismar (jabismar@utmb.edu)
      • Historian – Leslie Mendoza (lesmendo@utmb.edu )
      • Treasurer – Chichi Chibunkem Ogoh (chogoh@utmb.edu)
      • Vice President – Kalki Kathiravan (kakathir@utmb.edu)
      • Secretary – Gazal Parekh (Gaparekh@utmb.edu)

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    Student Organizations

    • UpBeatz Urban Hip Hop and Kpop Dance Group

      Organization Type

      Social Sport Cultural


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      The purpose of the organization is to provide a community for students to learn, practice, and explore urban hip hop and Korean pop (Kpop) dance genres.


      Activities

      None

       


      Meeting Location

      On-Campus


      Meeting Frequency

      Monthly (Once a Month), Bi-Weekly (Every Other Week), Other


      Officer Board

      • President – Annie Tao (antao@utmb.edu)
      • President – Riddhi Pareek (ripareek@utmb.edu)

      Faculty Advisor(s)

      • Amy GonzalezPediatrics - (algonzal@utmb.edu)

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    Student Organizations

    • Veterans Health Initiative

      Organization Type

      Professional Service Social


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      The Veterans Health Initiative mission is to bridge the gap of information between military veterans and the healthcare they deserve. We will work with local veteran organizations, Veterans Affair healthcare, and local healthcare organizations on Galveston Island to accomplish our objective.


      Activities

      • Hosting Donation Drives
      • Participating in Donation Drives
      • Tabling Booths at Events
      • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
      • Hosting Student Organization Fundraisers
      • Creating Educational Materials
      • Volunteering

      These activities allow us to network, get exposure as an organization, learn about the community and pertinent topics that affect the community, and permits us dutifully fulfill our mission. Hosting donation drives and participating in donation drives would be for the purpose of providing unhoused veterans with the supplies that they need, the food that they need, and the resources they need. Hosting guest speaker events would be for educational purposes for members of the org to grow. That would then be paid forward by creating educational materials. Hosting fundraisers is important to meet the financial demand of our objectives and mission. Volunteering is the actionable service we look to take in the community with direct veteran contact.


      Meeting Location

      Virtually, On-Campus,


      Meeting Frequency

      Semesterly (Once a Semester),


      Officer Board

      • President – Briana Lacy (brlacy@utmb.edu)
      • Service Chair – Marissa Nicolas (mrnicola@utmb.edu)
      • Communications Chair – Kristopher Hurst (krehurst@utmb.edu)
      • Secretary – Roland Yu (rayu@utmb.edu)
      • Public Relations Chair – Jelani Thompson (jesthomp@utmb.edu)
      • Interprofessional Chair – Gabriella Johnson (gmjohnso@utmb.edu)
      • Treasurer – Aparna Medarametla (apmedara@utmb.edu)

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    Student Organizations

    • Weightlifting Student Association

      Organization Type

      Social Sport


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      Weightlifting Student Association is an educational, social, and non-profit organization meant to promote all forms of strength training in a safe way, ensure physical and mental wellness, and form camaraderie. The Association also intends to serve the community and expand the members ability to interact with community members.


      Activities

      • Tabling Booths at Events
      • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
      • Attending Guest Speaker Events
      • Creating Educational Materials

      We intend to host guest speakers and attend seminars that contribute to our knowledge and experience as weightlifters, athletes, and medical professionals. We will seek out speakers who link the two worlds together and provide for us a way to incorporate our interest in our greatest hobby and sport into our profession.

      We may also create educational materials on weightlifting, exercise, and proper eating, for the gym inclined and for those not so disposed. This would allow us to practice teaching others what we have learned from our own experiences, increasing the diversity of thought, and using our teaching to better improve ourselves through solidifying what we've learned.

      We might incorporate conferences and booths for the same reasons as above.

      It is possible we will start fundraisers for gym equipment, but this will be at the discretion of the members. This would enrich our field house and allow us to leave it in a better condition than we found it.


      Meeting Location

      On-Campus,


      Meeting Frequency

      Weekly (Once A Week), Semesterly (Once a Semester),


      Officer Board

      • President – Brian Amburn (bramburn@utmb.edu)
      • Secretary – Sam Franklin (sjfraknl@utmb.edu)

    • Women's Association of Minority Scientists

      Organization Type

      Professional, Social, Service


      Membership Style

      University-Wide


      Mission Statement

      Women's Association of Minority Scientists is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting minority/under-represented student support, community leadership, science communication, academic professionalism, and mentorship to students enrolled in doctoral STEM research programs at the University of Texas Medical Branch.
        Pillars of Success:
      • Scholarship - Promotion of external academic research scholarships and fellowships that emphasize increasing participation by historically underrepresented groups.
      • Fellowship - Development of life-long friendships with others in similar career paths that will promote positive mental health growth as one advance in the STEM field.
      • Networking - Forming a network with others from a similar cultural background on and off-campus that will promote one's growth in the STEM field.
      • Mentorship - Through communication, students and staff can express themselves in a safe environment (no judgment) concerning issues affecting under-represented groups in the STEM field. Advanced students and faculty will be a resource for younger students such as first-year students to navigate their way through a successful year.
      • Career Development - The organization will host events inviting scientists to come to speak and share their experiences as minority women in research.
      • Community Involvement - The organization will maintain community involvement through elementary, middle, and high school science by hosting activities promoting STEM.

      Activities

      • Participating in Donation Drives
      • Hosting Guest Speaker Events
      • Creating Educational Materials
      • Volunteering

      General meetings, Annual Socials, Community Involvement Events (visiting/educating schools on STEMM careers), Career Development Workshops, and Self-care workshops. All of these events help to promote group unity and to represent women and minorities in STEM fields within and around Galveston.


      Meeting Location

      Virtually, On-Campus, Off-Campus


      Meeting Frequency

      Monthly (Once a Month),


      Officer Board

      • President – Regina Solomon (resolomo@utmb.edu)
      • Vice President – Holly Chapman (hlchapma@utmb.edu)
      • Treasurer – Katherine Araya (ktaraya@utmb.edu)
      • Academic and Community Liaison – Christina Payne (chrpayne@utmb.edu)
      • Social Media Chair – Lauren Leday (laleday@utmb.edu)
      • Secretary – Tehya Littleton (telittle@utmb.edu)

      Faculty Advisor(s)

      • Monique FergusonInternal Medicine - (mrfergus@utmb.edu)

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