Graduate Student Ambassador

Do you…


Want to further develop your leadership potential and skills?


Want to share your experiences as a graduate student and member of the APS with local undergraduates in your area?


Want to help other students see how useful being a member of APS is?


If so, apply to the Graduate Student Ambassador (GSA) program organized by the APS Trainee Advisory Committee (TAC). This program seeks to foster communication between APS graduate trainees and undergraduates in your geographic area. Program activities include a two-year GSA fellowship, program training, and visits to undergraduate institutions to promote: careers in biomedical sciences, and APS membership, programs and awards. TAC is recruiting the next passionate and dedicated group of graduate students to become part of the Graduate Student Ambassadors.


Benefits of becoming a GSA:

  • Refine your leadership, teaching, and public speaking skills.
  • Network and build professional relationships with scientists and students at other universities.
  • Become more involved in your professional society and learn more about APS programs, awards and opportunities.
  • Gain local and national exposure within the scientific community.
  • Receive travel support to the Experimental Biology meeting during your 2-year term as a GSA 


What Do Graduate Student Ambassadors (GSA) Do?

GSAs will serve as liaisons between the APS and local undergraduate and graduate students. The primary goals of the program are to 1) build GSA leadership and outreach skills, 2) increase awareness of the numerous benefits of APS membership, 3) encourage students to become APS members, particularly underrepresented minority students. 


GSA activities will include:

  • Leadership and professional development training
  • Promoting APS programs and awards for undergraduate and graduate students
  • Encouraging student involvement in local and national APS meetings (e.g., chapter meetings and Experimental Biology)
  • Establishing contacts, organizing and implementing visits to undergraduate institutions (including Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic- Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges, and other underrepresented minority-serving institutions) to promote careers in biomedical science and membership in the APS
  • Presenting material on how, and why, it is important to become involved with a professional society
  • Sharing information on APS web-based training opportunities  for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Promoting  APS student resources and opportunities through the use of social media platforms
  • Developing and submitting an annual report to the Trainee Advisory Committee (TAC) on your accomplishments as GSA. 


What Does the APS Provide?

The APS Trainee Advisory Committee (TAC) will provide web-based training to all GSAs to enhance their knowledge of APS programs and membership benefits, leadership and presentation skills, and prepare them for other GSA responsibilities.

Course content materials (i.e. PowerPoint presentations, brochures, handouts, etc.) needed for outreach presentations will be provided by TAC.

Reimbursement of up to $1200 per year in registration and travel costs to Experimental Biology for the two year term as a GSA.

Please note that APS cannot reimburse the GSA for travel related expenses to other institutions to give presentations and complete their GSA responsibilities. GSAs are encouraged to work locally and regionally on their outreach activities.



Experimental Biology (EB)

The annual EB meeting is a multi-society interdisciplinary, biomedical, and scientific meeting that features plenary and award lectures, symposia, oral and poster sessions, a placement center, and an exhibit of scientific equipment, supplies, and publications.