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About Us

The First-Generation Student Group is a community of graduate students who are the first generation in their family to graduate from college.  Our supportive peer community is focused on connecting students with professional development and personal resources to support student success and enhance the graduate school experience! 

We meet monthly with an agenda that is driven entirely by student interests. Activities include seminars/workshops, mentoring opportunities, and career discussions with leaders in diverse fields related to biomedical sciences. 

Our Goals

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Contact Us

Contact us at to join our email list or with any questions. 

We are always looking for new ideas and suggestions for workshops, seminars, and events.  Please email your suggestions to

Our Faculty Advisor, Melinda Yates, PhD, is also a first-generation student and helps connect the group to information, resources, and experts in any topic to help our students and community thrive.

Previous Activities

Media featuring our First-Gen members 

Journeys to GSBS - Cavan Bailey

Journeys to GSBS - Jolie Schafer


A Guide For First-Gen Students