A Look Back At 2023 Graduate & Professional Student Appreciation Week

Graduate Medical Sciences and the Community Catalyst Center were thrilled to celebrate our students during this year’s Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week, recognized from April 3 to 7.

Throughout the week, GMS, C3 and our collaborators hosted a variety of events that brought students together for networking, professional development and community connection.

Check out a full recap of the week’s program:

Monday, April 3: 

Coffee, Conversation & Coffee Cake with the GMS Associate Provost & Dean

Students had two opportunities to chat with Dr. Jamie McKnight, associate provost and dean of Graduate Medical Sciences, to mark the first day of GPAW.

Dr. McKnight was excited for the chance to chat with students across many GMS programs over a breakfast or lunchtime coffee and coffee cake snack.

The event was hosted in L-311 from 11 a.m. to noon and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, April 5:

Professional Headshots with C3 and the WPDC

The Community Catalyst Center teamed up with the Women’s Professional Development Committee for this year’s Professional Headshot Event.

Hosted in the Godley Digital Media Studio (L-302A), the three-hour event saw registration slots fill fast. However, BUMC

Photographer David Keough ran the event so smoothly that he could fit in several walk-in headshots, too. Overall, 64 students arrived for headshots.

Attending students told us that they appreciated the opportunity to take an updated headshot, and that they’re looking forward to more headshot opportunities in the future.

BUMC First-Gen Graduate & Professional Student Networking Dinner

The Newbury Center came to campus on Wednesday, April 5 to host a networking dinner for first-generation graduate & professional students at BUMC.

Students were invited to register in advance for the event, which was sold out on Eventbrite. The event was hosted in Hiebert Lounge, on the 14th floor of the Instructional Building.

It provided an opportunity for students from GMS to mingle with first-gen peers from the School of Public Health, the Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine and the Goldman School of Dental Medicine.

Ultimately, it was a chance to come together and celebrate the BUMC Terrier F1RSTs community.

Thursday, April 6

Grab ‘N Go Cookies

GMS Student Affairs teamed up with Chobanian & Avedisian SOM Student Affairs and School of Public Health Graduate Student Life for a grab-and-go cookie event in the L-Building Lobby.

Students from all three schools could stop by the table anytime from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to pick up a free cookie, provided by Chequers.

By the end of the event, the table was almost completely out of cookies!

Friday, April 7

Outdoor Fun Raffle

Students who stopped by the GMS Suite (L-317) on Friday, April 7 had the chance to enter a raffle for one of two outdoor prizes: a BU-themed cornhole set or a BU-themed Kubb Viking Chess set.

The raffle was open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. We’ll select winners throughout the next week and notify the lucky students!

We are excited to celebrate the skills, strengths and successes of our GMS student community during Graduate & Professional Student Appreciation Week and every week.

Check out the GMS Calendar to see even more events happening on our campus and beyond through the end of the semester.