Please note: The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio will now be called "UT Health San Antonio."

Graduate Student Association

Graduate school can be tough, so we are here to make things a bit easier for you.

The GSA is a student-led organization with the sole purpose providing assistance for career development, organizing social events for the graduate student body, and addressing key issues that can have a direct effect on your life as a graduate student.

Please visit our new website, where you can find our meeting minutes, event details, and subscribe for email updates!


President – Jodie Gray

Vice-President –  Chris Kabat

Treasurer - Thu Duong 

Secretary – Laura Avena

Student Ambassador- Alex Kirkpatrick

Mikiten Research Symposium 

One event led by the Graduate Student Assocation is the Terry M. Mikiten Graduate Research Symposium. The forum organized by the Graduate Student Association promotes excellence in research through mentorship, collaboration, and student interaction.

The forum is made possible through the Dr. Terry Mikiten Endowment for Excellence in Graduate Education. As a tribute to Dr. Mikiten and his zeal for learning, his family, friends, and former colleagues established the endowment in 2008. The endowment helps foster an open discussion of intellectual pursuits in an inviting atmosphere.

In 2016, we hosted the first joint UT System Mikiten Graduate symposium with UTHSC-Houston, UT-Southwestern, UT-Austin, UT-Dallas, UT-Arlington, UTSA, UTMB, UT-RGV, and UTHSC-Tyler. It also featured poster sessions, career workshops, networking, three minute thesis (3MT) presentations, and multiple winners for cash prizes. There was also a Q& A Session with Co-Founder and CEO of Rackspace Graham and Director of The Rivard Report's Robert Rivard.

This event is open to all biomedical disciplines. Here is a quick look at the 2016 program (including schedule of events and an event map).

Science Fiesta 

Science Fiesta is an event to showcase science in San Antonio. The idea for Science Fiesta was conceived by Travis Block, a graduate student at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UT Health Science Center San Antonio and was organized by graduate students from the Graduate Student Association. 

“We wanted a way to bring together the research community, policy-makers and the general public to celebrate science in San Antonio,” said Block, a Texan native and a biomedical engineering graduate student.

In addition to highlighting San Antonio growth as a national hotspot for bioscience research, Block’s vision for the festivities of Science Fiesta was to make science fun and accessible for all attendees. and innovation. Visit for more information.

Science Fiesta World Periodic Table of Elements

In the weeks leading up to Science Fiesta, the UT Health Science Center Graduate Student Association partnered with  118 local school classrooms to break the world record for the largest periodic table of elements! 

The  schools created 12 by 15 feet size tarps of all 118 periodic elements with the help of the Voelcker Biosciences Teacher Academy. The entire periodic table was more than 22,000 square feet in size. 

During the grand unveiling event on March 2, school groups, friends, and family members of participants watched as we combined all element squares at Gustafson football stadium to officially break the world record. 

Science Fiesta

Science Fiesta is an annual was a free, family-friendly event on March 5 at La Villita Historical Arts Village. The event featured a science fair with posters by San Antonio scientists, a panel on science policy, science-themed artwork and an interactive area for children. In addition, best-selling author and journalist, David Epstein delivered the keynote presentation and hosted a book signing. 

News articles about Science Fiesta 

San Antonio Express News To see the PDF version, click here.

Texas Public Radio

News articles about Science Fiesta World's Largest Periodic Table

KENS 5 &

News 4 San Antonio


Northside Independent School District

KENS 5 Video

Photos from Science Fiesta World Record Attempt

To see more photos from the World Periodic Attempt, see

Photos From Science Fiesta