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Community Outreach


The Community Outreach group is a student-run organization parented by MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Houston Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences that aims to help serve the community by increasing science understanding and awareness to create a better future.

We organize and coordinate a wide range of outreach activities within the community such as science fairs, career fairs, science lectures/demonstrations, MD Anderson and UT Health Houston lab tours, and more! Contact us if you would like to organize an event!


  • Encourage and improve student interest and performance in science
  • Support teachers and educational programs in science
  • Provide GSBS students with the opportunity to learn valuable teaching skills
  • Provide a useful service to the community


Caitlynn Barrows, President

Heather Sonnemann, Vice President

Gema Sunga, Secretary

Andrea Hernandez, Co-Treasurer

Lei Yang, Co-Treasurer

Sonia Patel, Media Relations Coordinator

Hana Baroudi, Coordinator

Chae Yun (Kate) Cho, Coordinator

Safia Essien, Coordinator

Melissa Frasca, Coordinator

Jayanta (Jay) Mondal, Coordinator

Sreeja Sridharan, Coordinator

Tanvi Visal, Coordinator

Amanda Warner, Coordinator

Michelle Winkler, Coordinator

Haoyi Wu, Coordinator

Keri Schadler, PhD, Faculty Advisor

Summer Biomedical Academy

Please check back soon for more information about the program and application instructions!


Saturday, February 18
1:00 - 5:00 pm
Cooley Center

Science Night is a science event for the community that targets elementary aged kids. Kids (accompanied by their guardian(s)) can come to our FREE event where multiple booths will be set up hosting different scientific activities. Our enthusiastic team of graduate students will teach concepts spanning a variety of STEM topics like genetics, microbiology, physics and more in bite-size easy to do experiments and art projects. Our goal is to make STEM exciting while providing an educational experience.

Bridge to College and Career Success Mentoring Program

GSBS Outreach has started a new mentoring this fall called the Bridge to College and Career Success Mentoring Program. It is a longitudinal mentoring program that pairs local underrepresented minority high school and college students with current GSBS students to learn more about the STEM field. Our GSBS students provide their insight on their own STEM journey and provide personalized advice on how these students can seek out opportunities to learn more about future careers in STEM.

Thank you to our 2021-2022 mentors!

Heather Tsong
Michelle Winkler
Taylor Halsey
Raisa Reyes
Nicole Paige Stevens
Chioma Odo
Amanda Warner
Takese McKenzie
Maxsam Donta
Rocio Zorrilla
Lan Phi
Melissa Frasca
Soleil Hernandez
Jose Enriquez
Mason Thomas Ruiz
Alexandra Buckner
Rachel Van Drunen
Swami Kumar
Anna Naglis
KC Chen
Yiming Cai
Sujanitha Umamaheswaran
Jamie Tran
Xu Zhang
Mary Figueroa
Shun-Ming Ting
Josue Pineda
Kai Huang
Cana Quave
April Nguyen