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GEMS (Graduate Epidemiologists & Biostaticians at MSU)

(Left to Right Yasi Zamani-Hank & Alyssa Vanderziel Co-Presidents, Mounira Ozoor, Vice President, Sarah Brewer, Secretary/Treasurer)

Graduate Epidemiologists and Biostaticians at Michigan State Organization (GEMS) is the primary organization of epidemiology and biostatistics graduate students at Michigan State University.

Thank you to those who purchased shirts.
An announcement will be made when the shirts are in

GEMS is organizing the annual department shirt sale!

Proceeds from the sale will help support future GEMS student events.

The design of the clothing (below) will have a variety of different color and style options:
With two different pocket design options for the left hand corner: 

With GEMS Logo (displays the spelling of “GEMS” in lowercase Greek letters):

Without GEMS logo:

Short Sleeve

Short-sleeve T-shirt - $13
Color options: Green, White
Sizes: S – 2XL



Long Sleeve

Long-sleeve T-Shirt - $15
Color options: Green, White
Sizes: S – 2XL


Long Sleeve Green

Crewneck Sweatshirt Grey

Crew neck sweatshirt - $20
Color options: Grey only
Sizes: S – 2XL


Purpose of GEMS:

1. Discussion forum for epidemiology and biostatistics graduate students
2. Advocate actions that enhance the science and practice of epidemiology and biostatistics among students
3. Promote professional student development through educational activities
4. Hold social events to encourage a friendly environment for networking and fun


Mission and History of GEMS

GEMS is the primary organization of epidemiology graduate students at Michigan State University. GEMS is dedicated to the promotion of a high quality epidemiology graduate education and research environment at MSU and to the promotion of public's health, in Michigan, elsewhere in the United States, and overseas.

GEMS was formally created in 1999 as an organization that serves the interest of the member-students: (a) through sponsorship of scientific meetings and journal clubs, (b) by providing a forum for discussions on any topic that concerns GEMS members and their educational and research activities, (c) recognizing outstanding contributions to the field, and (d) advocacy for issues pertinent to GEMS.


President of GEMS Responsibilities:

Responsibilities include: for month-to-month and semester-to-semester policy and programmatic decisions and for convening GEMS meetings; representing GEMS in negotiations with the department chair and other unit administrators pertinent to GEMS.

Vice President of GEMS Responsibilities

Responsibilities include: operational logistics for the bimonthly GEMS meetings and attendance at departmental graduate committee meetings, as scheduled. Assists the president in the planning of seminars and journal club activities regarding the applications of epidemiology, as well as social events.

GEMS Bylaws