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

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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.

This semester GEMS has been involved with the annual department picnic, Uncle Johns Cider Mill, EPI Seminar Information on career opportunities by former Epi Students and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics clothing, Blood Drive and Soup Luncheon.


Goals of the Organization are the following:

1. Serves as a forum of discussion for the EPI graduate students,

2. Advocates actions that enhance the science and practice of epidemiology among students.

3. Promotes the professional development of the students through educational activities,

4. Develops a network among the students to promote epidemiology as both a discipline and profession.

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.

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