We got it – you love you some neuroscience. That’s why you’re here! Even we hasten to admit, however, that there comes a time when we’d like to chat with someone has never even heard of the Nernst equation, but who may know more about the cell cycle than we’d ever imagined (how many kinases?). There comes a time, too – for us, generally Tuesdays around 7 – when we’d like nothing more than to hear our friends expound at length about the profound and lasting impact of Eero Saarinen on the direction of modern architecture. For these and other pressing social interests, check out the organizations and opportunities below.
Biomedical Graduate Student Association (BGS). Over the course of your graduate career, you’ll have the opportunity to meet graduate students from a variety of research disciplines, whether in lab, or in classes, or through mutual friends. BGSA events are an excellent way to develop and maintain these connections, and offer you the opportunity to get involved in leadership initiatives that directly effect the quality of biomedical graduate student life – in other words, your life! If you have an idea for a BGS student activity, academic or social, you can apply for funding from BGSA! Subscribe to BGSA’s events calendar to find out more.
Penn Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA). The university-wide student leadership body represents the myriad social and professional interests of the over 11,000 graduate and professional students at Penn. From tango lessons to networking opportunities to discount museum and movie tickets to the ever-popular end-of-year boat cruise – if you’ve wanted to do it at Penn, GAPSA’s probably got a way. If you’re looking for a way to travel to that conference you’ve been eyeing, take a look at the GAPSA travel grants! Sign up for the weekly email digest or subscribe to the GAPSA events calendar to find out more.
Ernest E. Just Biomedical Society – This organization aims to foster diversity in the biomedical sciences and offers BGS students of underrepresented backgrounds professional, academic, and social development opportunities. All BGS students are welcome to join!
Penn Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (PGWISE) – PGWISE is a group of Penn students dedicated to community outreach and professional development with the mission to recruit and retain women in STEM fields.
UPenn SACNAS Chapter – The Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science provides support and academic and professional development for underrepresented graduate trainees in the sciences. Any student is welcome to join!
Nerd Nite Philadelphia – Part lecture series, part social hour, and part discussion group, the monthly Nerd Nite Philadelphia features three talks by scientists from the greater Philadelphia area. Past events have covered astronomy, the history of American beer-making technology, and the impact of science on society. Always entertaining, and never the same twice. Hope to see you out there soon.
Frequency: Once a month, Wednesday night
Venue: Frankford Hall @ Frankford & Girard
Time: Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 cover
Science on Tap – These monthly meet-ups feature a presentation by scientist or expert, followed by a lively discussion on the topic. The informal bar setting promotes spirited and enthusiastic engagement with modern science while at the same time makes that science accessible to interested members of the public. Grab a beer and tune your science hat!
Frequency: Second Monday of the month
Venue: National Mechanics @ 22 S. 3rd
Time: Doors open at 5 p.m., discussion starts at 6 p.m.
Cost: no cover