The Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program Student Association
The Cell and Molecular Biology Student Association is a student organization involved in promoting the cellular and molecular sciences through:
- Career speakers from leading industry companies
- Social events with the CMB students
- Interaction with the faculty regarding the curriculum, recruiting, and changes to the program
The CMBSA is open to all CSU students, undergraduate and graduate alike. All members generally have a focused interest in the life sciences, but it is not a requirement. Membership is free.
Throughout the year, CMBSA holds socials, meetings, and seminars. Recently, we have planned trips to a corn maze, evenings at a local bar/restaurant with free appetizers, and brought in career speakers from leading biotech industry companies. We also set up a table during finals week for free coffee and hot cocoa as a perk for the students and faculty.
Generally we have one meeting per month and a handful of events in addition throughout the semester. The CMBSA serves to enhance the molecular biology experience, not to be all consuming. There are also opportunities to serve on committees concerning research, curriculum, activities, and recruitment, so it is a wonderful way to get involved as a graduate or undergraduate student in the field you intend to study.
To encourage and unite students academically, socially, and in the area of community service by enriching scientific interactions through the promotion of interdisciplinary collaborations, working closely with the recruitment of new graduate students, and building a sense of unity. The CMBSA allows students to interact with others that they may not be in contact with otherwise, to get ideas and help with their own scientific interests and open up fields in which they may lack experience. The CMBSA also interacts with faculty to determine curriculum and potential changes to the program.