Student Organizations

Type: Service, Social, Cultural, Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Allies in Health is an organization dedicated to educating faculty, students and staff about topics of sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, romantic orientation and other LGBTQI+ health care topics. We spread awareness on LGBTQI+ issues and promote a more inclusive environment for faculty, students, staff and patients at UTMB. We host specialized trainings in LGBTQI+ inclusive healthcare as well as community and social events.

Activities: Trainings in LGBTQI+ inclusive care, special topic lectures, Pride activities, community events, socials, and Diversi-Tees.

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Organization Email: alliesinmedicine@gmail.com
Organization Website: Allies in Health Facebook

Type: Social, Service

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The goal of the ART in Healthcare group is to bring attention to the holistic patient experience through service art projects and social comfort. This group will focus on demonstrating kindness, compassion, and empathy during patient interactions.

Activities: Service art projects tailored toward pediatric, hospice and palliative care patients. Examples: paper plate bunnies for Easter, reindeer cups and paper snowflakes for Christmas, firework mobiles for Fourth of July, pumpkin painting for Halloween, etc. (Mindful of religious orientation). There would also be a stock of crafts that could be done throughout the year- acrylic (non-toxic) painting, paper plate dream catchers, handprint fishes, superhero crafts etc.

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Type: Cultural, Professional, Service, Social

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: This Organization shall be guided by the following general principles:

● To promote the dissemination of information relative to Asian Pacific American issues in the field of medical education;

● To explore and possibly resolve the unique challenges, obstacles, and responsibilities specific to Asian Pacific American medical students and physicians;

● To provide opportunities for Asian Pacific American medical students to give back to their community through service.

● To represent Asian Pacific Americans as a group within the health care community at the University of Texas Medical Branch

● To be a resource for information on matters related to Asian Pacific Americans

Activities: Community engagement, raising awareness on health disparities, fundraisers, Faculty-Student mentoring, high school outreach, health fair, and cultural celebrations

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Organization Website: APAMSA Facebook Group

Type: Social

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: The goal of the organization is to teach the basics of beekeeping, give members the financial means for beekeeping, and provide pollinators to the Galveston area.

Activities: Hive management, honey extraction, and lessons

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Type: Social, Service, Professional

Membership: By School - GSBS

Mission Statement: BCSO brings graduate students in the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology department together to plan social events for new students, invite speakers for departmental seminars, and participate in journal club as well as other campus events.

Activities: Plan social events for new students, Invite speakers for department seminars, Journal Club, Service events such as the Toy Drive, United to Serve, and Community outreach events.

Officer Board:

  • Faculty Advisor – Kay Choi, Biochem & Molecular Biology (kychoi@utmb.edu)
Organization Website: BCSO Homepage

Type: Sport, Social, Cultural

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Play chess. Relax and exercise our minds simultaneously. We meet periodically to play chess and encourage interdisciplinary unity.

Activities: Chess tournaments, Chess lessons, Chess therapy

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  • Faculty Advisor – Dr. Ben Raimer, UTMB President Ad Interim  (bgraimer@utmb.edu
Organization Website: Check Mates Facebook Group

Type: Social, Service

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The mission of this organization 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: Weekly opportunities to walk the beach to pick up trash and recycling

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Type: Service, Professional, Social

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Due to the stress and complexities inherent in health education, the purpose of The Collaborative Association for LearningMindfulness (C.A.L.M.) is to facilitate the optimization and integration of the mental health resources available to the UTMB student body by:

  1. Students helping students advancing through health education to balance the challenges of personal life and school to prevent student burn out.
  2. Increasing awareness of free counseling services and other resources available to students to improve mental health and wellness.
  3. Advocating for and helping to secure additional resources for student mental health counseling services.
  4. Hosting an annual mental health week with relaxing, educational and therapeutic activities for UTMB students.
  5. Teaching students stress management techniques and coping mechanisms.
  6. Assisting in the collection and analysis of data regarding efficacy of mental health interventions on student mental health and wellness.
  7. Providing regularly scheduled wellness activities to combat stress and encourage mental wellness.
  8. Create open dialogues amongst UTMB student body regarding difficulties faced in their classes and holistic approaches to mental health.
  9. Hosting events that tie in the various cultural backgrounds with UTMB student body to facilitate a sense of respect, community and solidarity.

Activities: Annual wellness week, Mindful cleaning at the beach followed by meditation sessions, Midnight breakfast, Board game nights, Volunteering opportunities, Group discussions to educate students on the UTMB resources available for those struggling with burnout and mental health.

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Type: Social, Professional

Membership: By School - GSBS

Mission Statement: The purpose of the Experimental Pathology (ExPath) Student Organization is to provide ExPath students with opportunities to exchange ideas, advocate for the students at the departmental level and network with invited scientists.

Activities: Welcome events for new students, seminar series, social events, debriefing each semester with Program Director

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Type: Social

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: First Generation Medical Students are at a disadvantage with only 4% of all medical students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds. The purpose of this organization is to create a support system for first generation medical students so they do not feel like they are on this road alone.

Activities: Bringing in Speakers to talk about resources to the students. Educating the students on handling debt and creating healthy outlets.

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Organization Website: First in the Family Facebook

Type: Sport, Social

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The purpose of the fishing club at UTMB is to allow students to build friendships and reduce stress through the sport of angling.

Activities: Fishing club activities include bank fishing, wade fishing, kayak fishing, and fishing from a boat.

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Organization Website: Fishing Club Group Me

Type: Professional, Service, Social

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: IPESN will create, develop, and foster interprofessional relationships amongst students, faculty, and staff to establish a campus-wide culture of team-oriented health care across all settings.

Activities: 

  • Promoting current IPE Scholars events
  • Creating new interprofessional opportunities
    • Social
    • Community Service
    • Simulation
  • Educating and creating awareness of interprofessional healthcare teams

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Website: IPE Student Network Facebook 

Type: Service, Fraternal, Social

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: KXD is an all-female medical sorority that was founded in 2015 to create a support system for women in which we can encourage and motivate one another throughout our medical careers

Activities: Weekly tutoring sessions, monthly meetings including female physicians, social events including a winter formal and Friendsgiving, and other professional development events such as suturing workshops.

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Organization Website: Kappa Chi Facebook

Type: Professional, Service, Cultural, Social

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: The Latino Medical Student Association at UTMB is committed to recruitment and retention of underrepresented students in medicine. We strive to develop leadership opportunities by mentorship, volunteerism, and advocating for the community as well as social events throughout the year.

Activities: META Grab Bag, General Body Meetings, Volunteer Opportunities, Social Events, Hispanic Heritage Month

Officer Board:

  • Faculty Advisor – Dr. Norma Perez, Hispanic Center of Excellence (noaperez@utmb.edu)

Organization Website: LMSA Facebook

Type: Social

Membership:  By Profession - MD/PhD Students

Mission Statement: The MD-PhD Student Organization organizes social events to build rapport between MD-PhD students as well as associated faculty.

Activities: Welcome events for new students; dinners with faculty; yearly retreat; monthly gatherings to discuss research progress, troubleshoot obstacles, and discuss career options

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Type: Religious, Cultural, Social

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The purpose of this organization is to provide a platform for people who associate with Islam as their religion an opportunity to practice their beliefs and engage in service together, as a community.

Activities: Weekly Friday sermons and prayers

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Organization Website: MMA Facebook

Type: Social, Professional

Membership: By School - GSBS

Mission Statement: The purpose of the NSO shall be a) keep students with an academic interest in neuroscience connected with on-campus professors & research opportunities b) to educate about contemporary issues & advancements in neuroscience and c) to inform about careers and/or alternative careers in neuroscience.

Activities: Seminars, meetings and social events

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Type: Social,Cultural

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Pan-African Student Society is an organization that seeks to spread information about the rich culture of the many African nations and groups by hosting events that celebrate said culture. We also aim to establish camaraderie among member and improve the broader Galveston community by hosting social and service events.

Activities: Social events, Volunteer events, Educational events, and Fundraising events

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Organization Email: pass2k1718@outlook.com
Organization Website: PASS Facebook

Type: Social, Cultural

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The purpose of Part Time Poets is to recognize, celebrate, and share beauty and creativity. We believe that medicine should not only provide mechanical and physiological realignment but also encourage and prolong wellbeing within one’s self and others – we believe that poetry can foster this.

It is valuable to focus time and energy on the beauty that we seek to share. Part Time Poets dedicates itself to reflection on a specific facet of beauty, namely human literary creativity. We seek to periodically meet to collectively share in and explore the art of science and medicine through creative and poetic expression.

Finally, this organization desires to practice what we preach by finding creative and meaningful ways to share with UTMB and the community.

Activities: 

  1. Periodical meetings to create, share, and reflect on the beauty in poetry.
  2. Attending and sharing at Galveston’s poetry nights (Proletariat on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month)
  3. Supporting and working together with the “Art in Healthcare” student organization
  4. Encouraging submission of exceptional poetry for publication

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Organization Email: PartTimePoetsUTMB@gmail.com
Organization Website: Part Time Poets Facebook

Type: Cultural

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Professionals Advocating for Cultural Excellence (P.A.C.E.) is a student organization at University of Texas - Medical Branch aspiring to build an interprofessional community to foster diversity and inclusion. Our goal is to unify and educate future healthcare professionals through interactive, on-campus engagement and community outreach to promote cultural awareness.

Activities: 

  • Organize events and social gatherings that promote diversity on campus

  • Provide multicultural, interprofessional fellowship among students/faculty

  • Provide volunteer outreach services to underrepresented communities

  • Offer a safe space for minorities in healthcare to have their voices heard

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Website: PACE Facebook Page
Email: pace.utmb@gmail.com

Type: Professional, Cultural, Social

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The purpose of this organization is to provide educational support to students at UTMB who wish to broaden their medical Spanish background and overall Hispanic cultural humility.

Activities: 

  • Workshops on Spanish clinical language skills
  • Service opportunities at St. Vincent's
  • Conversation Hours
  • Guest Speakers

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Type: Sports, Social, Service

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The Running Club is recreational sports organization whose objectives are to raise awareness of the sport of running at the university, to promote running with the goal of improving fitness and physical health, to provide a welcoming and educational environment for running, to encourage teamwork and camaraderie between students at UTMB, and to foster interest and participation in local, national, and international races.

Activities: Weekly runs, races, volunteerism, fundraisers

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Activities: Running Club Facebook Group 

Type: Social, Service

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: SIMMER aims to provide UTMB students with an inclusive space to share in their appreciation of food and the culinary experience, while promoting the importance of healthy habits within the healthcare community.

Activities: 

  • Pot Lucks
  • Cook/Grill-Offs
  • Bake sales
  • Recipe sharing
  • Food eating contests
  • Meal prepping
  • How-To cooking tutorials
  • Collaboration with students in the SHP Nutrition and Metabolism program to create a “healthy eating recipe guide” for any student who feels that healthy eating on a budget can prove difficult.

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Organization Email: simmer.org@gmail.com
Organization Website: SIMMER Facebook Group

Type: Professional, Social     

Membership: By School - GSBS

Mission Statement: The Society for Cell Biology is a professional society dedicated to promoting careers in cell biology via encouraging interactions between students, faculty, and alumni.

Activities: SCB participates in the Welcome event and Plazapalooza. SCB holds monthly journal clubs and meetings. SCB meetings shall be held monthly or bi-monthly. Additional meetings will be called as needed to plan special events or discuss official business. The meetings may be called by executive coordinators, or by the Chief Administrator in the event of their absence.

Officer Board:

  • Faculty Advisor – Pomila Singh, Neuroscience and Cell Biology (posingh@utmb.edu)

Organization Email: scb.utmb@gmail.com
Organization Website: Society for Cell Biology

Type: Cultural, Social

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: To share the south asian culture with the rest of UTMB, and provide young healthcare professionals a medium to express their culture and enjoy their heritage.

Activities: Movie nights, Diwali, Holi

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Organization Website: SAMSA Facebook
Organization Email: samsautmb@gmail.com

Type: Service, Social, Professional

Membership: By Profession - OT

Mission Statement: The purpose of the organization is to serve as an extension of the cohort to foster the personal and professional development of occupational therapy students, encourage community service and educational excellence, and advocate for students and professional issues. SOTA acts as a liaison with the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the Texas Occupational Therapy Association (TOTA) as well as other professional organizations on UTMB's campus.

Activities:

  • Various fundraising events in and around campus

  • Social gatherings to promote camaraderie among our peers within and without our program

  • Participation in community service events with UTMB and throughout the Galveston community

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Organization Website: SOTA Facebook

Type: Service, Social, Professional

Membership: By Profession - CLS

Mission Statement: The purpose of the organization is to provide the framework in which to perform while in the program. The sub-objective within this framework is to help formulate academic achievement and clinical excellence in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences’ student by involving the student in educational process while establishing the CLS student as a competent health professional.

Activities: Activities in SOCLS includes community service/service projects around Galveston/Houston area, social events, and fundraising for our annual trip to the Texas Association of Clinical Laboratory Science (TACLS).

Officer Board:

  • Faculty Advisor – Janet Enderle, Clinical Laboratory Sciences (jlenderl@utmb.edu)

Type: Professional, Service, Social

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: This organization aims to provide students with exposure to the field of general surgery as well as the ability to have mentors during their medical school career.

Activities: Monthly meetings, social events, volunteer activities.

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Organization Email: sss.utmb@gmail.com
Organization Website: Student Surgical Society Facebook

Type: Service, Professional, Social

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The purpose of Syncope is to spread the joy of a capella across campus and the Galveston community while empowering students to pursue excellence in the vocal arts.

Activities: Socials, Rehearsals, Performances at UTMB and across Galveston.

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Organization Website: Syncope Facebook

Type: Service, Professional, Social

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Tiny Toes is an organization dedicated to enhancing the knowledge of students interested in the neonatal or pediatric fields through volunteer efforts and educational opportunities. We are an interdisciplinary organization for students who are interested in working with the neonatal or pediatric populations.

Activities: We volunteer in the NICU and PICU in John Sealy Hospital, as well as with organizations that serve families around the community.We have opportunities to hear from professionals who are doing what we hope to do, as well as network within our own disciplines with our future colleagues.

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Type: Sport, Social

Membership: 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.

Activities: Informational meetings, weightlifting sessions, powerlifting mock meet/competition

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Organization Email: 
wsautmb@gmail.com
Organization Website: Weightlifting Student Association Facebook Group

Type: Social, Professional

Membership: By School - GSBS

Mission Statement: Women’s Association of Minority Scientist is an organization dedicated to promoting minority/under-represented student support, community leadership, science communication, academic professionalism, and mentorship to students enrolled in doctoral or masters 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 advances in the STEM field.
  • Networking: Forming a network with others from a similar cultural background on and off-campus that will promote professional growth in the STEM field.
  • Mentorship: Through communication, students and staff can express themselves in a safe non-judgmental environment concerning issues affecting under-represented groups in the STEM field. Advanced students and faculty will be a resource for first-year students to navigate their way through a successful year and beyond.
  • 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 with elementary, middle school, and high school science programs by hosting activities promoting STEM.

Activities: This organization will host activities such as career- development seminars, socials to promote networking & fellowship amongst Scientist, and outreach projects within the community.

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