Organizations On Campus

Click on the organizations below to learn more about their mission, membership, officers, and more! You can view organizations by membership or type by using the links in the column on the right.

Student Organizations

Type: Service, Social, Cultural, Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Allies in Medicine 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.

Officer Board:

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

Type: Social, Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Exploring perspectives in literature and the arts with the purpose to expand empathy, broaden understanding of the human condition, and build meaningful connections with peers.

Activities: 

- Monthly book club meetings led by the club officers.
- Community student panel where students answer questions from the community regarding health care and medical ethics.
-Group members will discuss the best way of involving the community and service projects into our club.
- Community service activity details to be determined each semester by club members.

Officer Board:

  • Faculty Advisor – Dr. Jerome Crowder , Institute for the Medical Humanities (jw.crowder@utmb.edu)

Organization Email: byob.utmb@gmail.com

Type: Social, Service

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The purpose of BCSO is to bring graduate students in the biochemistry and molecular biology department together to represent the department at seminars and when meeting prospective students.

Activities: Invite and coordinate seminar speakers, Plan journal and club meetings, Coordinate social events for members, Participate in campus wide events and community service projects

Officer Board:

Type: Social, Professional

Membership: By School - GSBS

Mission Statement: The purpose of EPSO is to unite Experimental Pathology students through offering opportunities to network professionally and socially with faculty and students.

Activities: Social gatherings, seminar series

Officer Board:

Type: Sport, Social

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: The Fishing Club is a student run organization promoting healthy, stress reducing activities while raising awareness of responsible and sustainable fishing methods and preservation of aquatic habitats.

Activities: Activities include but are not limited to fishing, gear and rigging workshops, fish cleaning and preparation, beach cleanups, and fish frys

Officer Board:

Organization Website: Fishing Club Group Me

Type: Social

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: To develop strategic problem solving and teamwork with UTMB students in a fun environment centered around board games, video games, and other games.

Activities: 

-Participating in Pokemon Go community and raid events around Galveston

-Holding friendly video game tournaments including Super Smash Bros

-Playing various table top games

Officer Board:

Type: Social, Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Uncovering needs, imaginatively designing, and effectively implementing, we seek to dramatically improve healthcare through biodesign and research.

Activities: Clinical challenges, Research

Officer Board:

  • Faculty Advisor – Stanley J. Watowich, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (watowich@xray.utmb.edu)

Type: Service, Fraternal, Social, Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: Kappa Chi Delta was founded in 2015 to create a support system for women in which we can encourage one another throughout our medical careers. With monthly meetings and mentorship, you'll be sure to have support that ensures a comprehensive medical school experience. Our four founding pillars are service, scholarship, sisterhood and leadership.

Activities: Service will include community outreach programs, with opportunities to give back. Scholarship will provide you with educational resources, mentorship, and organized study groups to ease the transition to medical school. Sisterhood offers an opportunity to meet and grow friendships with like-minded women creating a strong support group.

Officer Board:

  • Faculty Advisor – Melissa DeFilippis, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (msdefili@utmb.edu)

Organization Email: utmb.kappachi@gmail.com
Organization Website: Kappa Chi Facebook

Type: Social, Service

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.

Activities: Tentative social activities include bonfire, and car smash. Cultural activities include, Taco-Tamale-Tuesday, Piñata, and Salsa Night.

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 M.D.-Ph.D. Student Organization is an educational association, which exists to foster the development and growth of students enrolled in the MD/PhD Combined Degree Program at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB).

Activities: Activities shall include, but are not limited to, inviting guest speakers, honoring MD/PhD students and program faculty, and assisting the MD/PhD program faculty in orientation and recruitment initiatives.

Officer Board:

Type: Social

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: To promote cohesion among students in the military, specifically those involved with the Health Professions Scholarship Program. Our organization also serves to mentor younger medical students in this program to prepare them for their basic training courses and other logistics between UTMB and the military.

Activities: Monthly meetings to keep all members in the group connected and to allow any school or military questions to be answered by other members

Officer Board:

Organization Website: Military Medical Association Facebook

Type: Social, Professional

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: To prepare students for their surgical clerkship, and surgical residencies by providing opportunities in research, networking, and surgical skills.

Activities: Meetings with guest speakers to learn more about research and specialities and residency, LSTAR suture workshops, LSTAR robotic and minimally invasive simulations.

Officer Board:

  • Faculty Advisor – Dr. Aakash Gajjar, Colon and Rectal Surgery (aagajjar@utmb.edu)


Organization Email: 
miscutmb@gmail.com
Organization Website: 
https://www.facebook.com/MISCUTMB/

Type: Social, Professional

Membership: By School - GSBS

Mission Statement: The Neuroscience Student Organization (NSO) is a student run organization. The NSO fosters the development and growth of graduate students enrolled in the Neuroscience graduate program at UTMB.

Activities: Monthly meetings with the neuroscience graduate students, conducting the annual Beall Lectureship, helping with our local SfN chapter and coordinating an event during Brain Awareness Week with Dr. Summerly.

Officer Board:

Type: Social, Professional

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Pan-African Student Society strives to build a network of students across the African diaspora and serve as a source to educate other students about our culture. 

Activities: Afrofest, Auction, Crushgram, Dinner w/ Faculty Advisor

Officer Board:

Organization Email: pass2k1718@outlook.com

Type: Professional, Social

Membership: By School - SOM

Mission Statement: To further educate students about the profession of pathology and assist students to pursue their interests within the field in a nonprofit manner. Students will establish professional contacts with pathologists on staff at UTMB and have an understanding of resources available.

Activities: Activities will include informative sessions by UTMB faculty and residents within the Department of Pathology to educate interested students about the diverse field of pathology. In addition, a Match Panel Meeting will provide students with information on pursuing a career in pathology. Other activities will include guided tours of the Department of Pathology laboratories.

Officer Board:

Type: Social

Membership: By School - GSBS

Mission Statement: The Graduate Student Organization is an educational association, which exists to foster the development and growth of graduate students enrolled in the Graduate Program in Preventive Medicine and Community Health (PMCH) at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB). The Organization shall serve to disseminate pertinent information among the Membership and to further the interests of the Membership by promoting participation in University affairs.

Activities: Activities shall include, but are not limited to, inviting guest speakers, honoring PMCH graduate students and program faculty, and assisting the PMCH program faculty in orientation and recruitment initiatives. The Organization shall work cooperatively and collaboratively with the faculty members of the Graduate Program in PMCH to achieve these goals.

Officer Board:

  • Faculty Advisor – Kristen Peek, Preventative Medicine & Community Health (mkpeek@utmb.edu)

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 group runs and participation in local/national races

Officer Board:

Type: Sport, Social

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: Our purpose is to provide education in and encourage the sport of sailing in both a competitive and non-competitive manner, to provide education in water safety measures as well as diagnosis and treatment of illnesses and injuries specific to the marine environment, to provide opportunities for instruction in the sport of sailing, to promote discussion of the sport of sailing.

Activities: Monthly sails, relevant lectures on tropical medicine, volunteering with sites such as Sea Scouts and beach cleanups, and potential to compete in races.

Officer Board:

Organization Email: sailclubutmb@gmail.com

Organization Website: Sail Club Facebook

Type: Professional, Social     

Membership: By School - GSBS

Mission Statement: The Society for Cell Biology includes all current Cell Biology graduate students and serves as a network of support and camaraderie throughout the program. Our society gives the opportunity to students of the Cell Biology program to participate in both University-wide and Cell Biology specific events that will allow our students to become well-rounded students.

Activities: Plazapalooza, Cell Biology welcome event for new incoming Cell Biology students, UTMB's Annual Fall/Halloween Carnival, various workshops held by UTMB faculty, Cell Biology journal clubs, The Cell Biology Symposium and annual Mason Guest Lecture.

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, Service

Membership: University-Wide

Mission Statement: SAMSA is a UTMB based student/resident/faculty association that will provide a channel of networking, support, and open communication. Members will have the opportunity to learn and participate in events centered around South Asian culture as well as to engage in service events and socials. We hope to provide students and professionals from different schools and specializations the opportunity to form connections and strengthen healthcare delivery.

Activities: SAMSA will be celebrating major cultural events, engaging in community service events, and holding socials. We hope to keep members informed about cultural events in the Houston/Galveston area. We also plan to partner with similar groups from McGovern Medical School and Baylor College of Medicine.

Officer Board:

Type: Service, Social, Professional

Membership: By Profession - OT

Mission Statement: The Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) is an educational, professional, and social organization that promotes occupational therapy through education, service, and fundraising throughout the community. 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

Officer Board:

Organization Email: utmbsota@gmail.com

Organization Website: SOTA Facebook

Type: Service, Social, Professional

Membership: By Profession - CLS

Mission Statement: 
1: To serve as the official organization of the students at the University of Texas Medical Branch-School of Health Professions at Galveston Clinical Laboratory Sciences curriculum.

2: To promote the Clinical Laboratory Scientist as a member of the health care team.

3: To instill in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences student the importance of keeping abreast of current medical developments.

4: To act as a service organization for the Clinical Laboratory Sciences students and graduates of the University of Texas Medical Branch-School of Health Professions at Galveston Clinical Laboratory Sciences curriculum.

5: To assist in defining and achieving the goals of the Clinical Laboratory Scientist with in the heath care system.

Activities: Fundraisers for organization and for TAACLS, community service/service projects, social events

Officer Board:

Type: Service, Professional, Social

Membership: By School - SON

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: Volunteering in the UTMB NICU and Pediatrics floors, as well as throughout the Galveston Community. Have speakers discuss the roles of nurses, PA's, and RT's on the neonatal and pediatric units.

Officer Board:


Organization Email: 
utmbtinytoes@gmail.com

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