Graduate Student Association
The Cell & Developmental Biology Graduate Student Association (CDB GSA) focuses on strengthening student interactions, and student scientific and professional discussion. A major activity of the group is to identify and invite two speakers per year for the CDB seminar series and arrange all aspects of their visits. The GSA also meets once during each IGP rotation to introduce rotating IGP students to CDB Graduate Students in an informal environment. All meetings are relaxed, often with pizza and beer; many take place at a local restaurant within walking distance to Vanderbilt. A Town Hall Meeting occurs each fall, when the GSA meets with the Director of Graduate Studies and Graduate Program Manager. Issues related to student training are discussed and the GSA-invited speakers are selected. Elections are held for the leadership of the GSA at the yearly Spring Meeting. The GSA has one president, one president emeritus, and an events committee. A new president is elected each spring and is expected to stay on for a second year as president emeritus. A GSA representative to the graduate school is also selected. The GSA President is responsible for inviting and scheduling the student-chosen seminar speaker and coordinating with the event committee in charge of all social events. Students are eligible to become a GSA president only after passing the Qualifying Exam.
Natalia Ortolano, GSA Co-President Megan Merolla-Rasmussen, GSA Co-President
GSA Position Details
- Invites and hosts GSA invited speakers for Monday Seminar Series
- Organizes and oversees rotation/town hall and holiday parties with help of social committee
- Participates in IGP day activities
- Helps organize CDB retreat with retreat committee
- Sends out student related announcements and keeps GSA website up to date
Social Committee: Party planning committee
- Plans all rotation parties and town hall meetings including food, drinks, activities, and decorations
- Assists in CDB related events (Holiday party, IGP day, retirement parties, etc)
- Attends monthly Graduate Student Council (GSC) general body meetings to represent CDB, currently held the second Thursday of each month
- Receives information on GSC events and voices opinions and suggestions
- Can join GSC subcommittees to plan social and volunteering events
- Relays relevant information to the DGS who in turn shares this information with the department
GSA Events and News
May 31, 2018
Meet the new 2018-2019 CDB GSA executive members.
Congratulations to these students who were elected and will serve the CDB Graduate Student Program this year!
Co-Presidents: Natalya Ortolano + Megan Merolla-Rasmussen
Social Chairs: Isabella Gaeta + Alejandra Romero Morales
GSC Liaison: Karrie Dudek
Seminar Refreshments Runner: Alexander Pfannenstein + Trevor Hann
A/V Runner: Linh Trinh
Outreach Coordinators: Veronica Farmer + Meagan Postema
May 31, 2018
Welcome New CDB Students!
Cayetana Arnaiz Marija Zanic
Caroline Cencer Matthew Tyska
Christian de Caestecker Ian Macara
Trevor Hann Ethan Lee
Alexander Pfannenstein Ian Macara
Sara Ramirez Sabine Fuhrmann
Dylan Ritter Ela Knapik
Anthony Rossi Kathy Gould
Paige Spencer Ken Lau
Linh Trinh Mark Magnuson
Andrea Wojciechowski Bill Tansey
May 31, 2017 Meet the new 2017-2018 CDB GSA executive members
Congratulations to these students who were elected and will serve the CDB Graduate Student Program this year
- Co-presidents: Erica Tross and Meagan Postema
- Social chairs: Megan Dumas, Karrie Dudek and Cherie Scurrah
- GSA liaison: Allie Fuller
- Seminar refreshments: Bella Gaeta and Colbie Chinowsky
- A/V runner: Bryan Cawthorn
- Movie night coordinator: Tessa Popay
Thank you to the 2016-2017 CDB GSA executive members
May 31, 2017 Welcome New CDB Students!
Kai BraceyIrina – Kaverina Lab
Colbie Chinowsky – Tyska Lab
Isabella (Bella) Gaeta – Tyska Lab
Nicole Kendrick – R. Ohi Lab
Alejandra Romero Morales – Gama Lab
Abbigail (Abby) Neininger – Burnette Lab
Edwin Morales Obregon – Tyska Lab
James OConnor – Page-McCaw Lab
Yoojin Sohn – Goldenring Lab
June 20, 2016
Casey Nielsen (MacGurn) received “The Ubiquigent Young Scientist Award” at the recent FASEB Ubiquitin meeting. The award was given for the “best student poster” out of 82 total posters across two sessions.
May 25, 2016 Welcome new CDB students!
Cassandra Awgulewitsch – Hatzopoulos Lab
Veronica Farmer – Zanic Lab
Megan Merolla – Gama Lab
Anne Meyer – Goldenring Lab
Natalya Ortolano – Gama Lab
Claire Strothman – Zanic Lab
Michael Yarboro – Reese Lab
Bryan Cawthon – will begin in August as a direct admit student in the Page-McCaw Lab
May 24, 2016
The CDB GSA held our annual business meeting today. The new officers for 2016-2017 are :
President – Angela Howard
Vice President – Karrie Dudek
Social Committee – Meagan Postema
Social Committee – Cherie Scurrah
GSC Rep – Amrita Banerjee
Movie Night Coordinator – Karrie Dudek
Monday Seminar Refreshment makers – Erica Tross, Meagan Postema
Monday Seminar A/V caretaker (picks up pointer and microphone) – Nilay Taneja
Congratulations to the new officers! We appreciate the officers and the volunteers for your willingness to serve this year.
June 4, 2015
Welcome new CDB students! And congratulations to our new 2015-2016 GSA representatives.
President: Erica Shannon
Social Committee: Meredith Weck, Heather McCartney, Chuck Williams
GSA rep: Alex Andrews
July 15, 2015
New from Andrea Page-McCaw: My student, Erica Shannon, won an award for “Emerging Scientist Best Short Talk” at the 19th International Symposium on Calcium Binding Proteins and Calcium Function in Health and Disease.” Erica’s talk was titled, “Calcium Dynamics as a Potential Readout of Mechanotransduction at Epithelial Wounds”. Her award included a $100 prize as well as a certificate.
May 1, 2015
Lots of play to go along with all our learning at the 13th Annual CDB Retreat!
April 29, 2015
Save the date! June 4 at 4pm. We will be having our new student welcome party as well as our spring town hall meeting. We will have plenty of pizza, snacks, beer, wine, and soda so come with an appetite. We will be electing new GSA reps and nominating speakers for Spring 2016. See you there!
February 27, 2015
SAVE THE DATE! The 13th Annual CDB Retreat will be held May 1, 2015.
February 10, 2015
Join us in welcoming IGP/QCB rotation students to the department. Free food and drinks will be served!
January 22, 2015
Save the date! CDB IGP/QCB Rotation party, February 12, 2015 4-6 pm
Details and invitation to follow.
January 19, 2015
Dr. Bruce Goode from Brandeis University has accepted our invitation to speak in our Fall 2015 seminar series.
January 19, 2015
GSA invited speaker Dr. Adam Martin will be visiting Vanderbilt on January 26, 2015.
January 10, 2015
Reminder! January 14 is the last day to submit your vote for the Fall GSA invited speaker. Please follow the SurveyMonkey link sent in original email to cast your votes!
December 10, 2014
Remember to stop by the CDB Holiday Party, Dec 16 from 4-7 at the Commons Center! Drinks and appetizers will be served.
October 31, 2014
Awesome costume turn out for our Halloween rotation party!
And the winner of the costume contest is…Erica Shannon!
October 20, 2014
CDB IGP/CPB Rotation Students and CDB Graduate Students
Please join us for a rotation student welcome and Halloween party! Free food and drinks will be served. Prizes awarded to best costume-so go all out!
Friday, October 31st, 2014
MRB III 4th floor Atrium
October 20, 2014
GSA invited speaker Dr. Melissa Moore will be visiting Vanderbilt on Oct 27.