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OCTOBER 2012, VOLUME 2, ISSUE 1 ASSOCIATION FOR GRADUATE STUDENT DIVERSITY NEWSLETTER PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE By Stephen C. Murray CONTENTS: President’s Message Finding a Voice High Achieving Scientist: Dr. Richard Sifers Social Activities Featured Member: Rossi Irobalieva AGSD Officers: 2012-2013 1 2 3 5 6 8 This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercialNoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Hello there! My name is Stephen Murray and I am the president of the Association for Graduate Student Diversity for 20122013. I want to welcome you to another fine edition of our newsletter and tell you a couple of the news stories for this issue. But first I want to tell a bit about our organization. The Association for Graduate Student Diversity (AGSD) at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) strives to increase diversity, promote retention and graduation of graduate students in the biomedical sciences, and foster professional and career development of our members. What does this mean to you? Well, it means we are an organization by the students, for the students. We try to provide a platform for leadership opportunities and networking and we hold many activities (both academic and just fun) and are always working to have more. This is where you can help out! Have a good idea or just want to get involved here at BCM? Send us an email at and let us know! So what is new and exciting with our organization? Well the first big news story is that we are officially a graduate school organization, the first at BCM! Another exciting piece of news is our new Enhancing English Communication Skills groups that meet several times a week- keep reading to find out more information on this exciting opportunity. For more information on our activities both past and present, read on to other articles written by our officers and members. AGSD mission statement: We strive to increase the diversity of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at BCM, by involving students and post-docs of all cultural, ethnic, and educational backgrounds. If you are interested in joining AGSD, contact Those interested in opportunities like writing articles, editing or designing of the newsletter, or suggesting names for the High Achieving Scientist column contact: 1

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