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Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association membership includes all students pursuing post baccalaureate degrees in the Graduate College at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. The organization's mission is to improve student academic conditions and create an organization of the local, regional, and national graduate student community. 

2022-2023 GSA Members

Name Program Office
Janet Faakye Neuroscience President
Emily Falcon Pharmaceutical Sciences VP/Secretary
Kaylee Ballard Microbiology & Immunology Treasurer
Alyssa Wheeler GPiBS Community Service Chair
Eniola Adewunmi Cell Biology Social Chair
Stephanie Lawrence Pathology PR Chair
Abbi Morgan Neuroscience GREAT Chair
Dylan Barber Neuroscience GREAT Vice Chair
Omar Al Yacoub Pharmaceutical Sciences Pre-GREAT Workshop Chair
Justin Garland Pathology GREAT Career Development Chair
Gertrude Kyere-Davies
IDPE Chair
Amy Tucker
Graduate College Graduate College Faculty Representative
Gillian Air
Graduate College Graduate College Faculty Representative


  • To further the academic and career development of all graduate students on the OUHSC campus.
  • To provide graduate students with an opportunity to provide input into the governance of the Graduate College
  • To provide a forum for graduate students to present their research results and to obtain travel funds to attend scientific meetings through the Graduate Research Education and Technology Forum and GSA sponsored travel awards.
  • To provide a social and support network for graduate students on the OUHSC campus.


Governance is vested in the Graduate College Student Board composed of elected representatives for each of the six professional colleges who serve for one academic year. Meetings, open to all Graduate students, are held monthly on the first Thursday each month at noon.

Annual Events

Orientation & Welcome Event

The 2022 Welcome Event will be held Aug. 25th, 2-4PM, on the Library Patio.  This orientation event is open to all new and existing graduate students and postdocs and serves as an opportunity to hear from campus partners and student organizations along with our Dean and Vice Provost.  Trainees can learn more about the Graduate College and campus resources while also enjoying the opportunity to meet with peers.  All new graduate students will receive their Graduate College hoodie, marking the beginning of their graduate journey which will ultimately end with them being hooded at convocation.  

Graduate Research Education and Technology Symposium (GREAT)

GREAT is an acronym for Graduate Research Education And Technology Symposium hosted by the OUHSC Graduate College and the OUHSC Graduate Student Association. For the past 48 years, students at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center have showcased their original research at the GREAT Symposium. Students and postdoctoral fellows compete for travel grants to present their research at national scientific meetings.  Students can also participate in the Flash Talk Competition and GREAT Debate, and enjoy other GREAT events including pre-GREAT workshops which emphasize communication and presentation skills along with featured speakers and the Keynote Address.  

SAVE THE DATE: GREAT 2023 will be held March 27th-30th!

Graduate College Convocation

The Graduate College Convocation will honor M.S. and Ph.D. graduates for the preceeding fall semester and upcoming fall and spring semesters.  All Gradaute Faculty, Students, and Staff are invited to attend. The Graduate College Convocation will be held on the Saturday following the OU Norman Commencment in the David L. Boren Student Union.