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GEMS (Graduate Epidemiologists at MSU)

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

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

Annual Department Picnic

Wonch Park, Okemos
Friday, September 14th 5p.m.
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Yasi Zamani-Hank, GEMS Vice-President & Alyssa Vanderziel, GEMS President

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