About SBSA

The Stanford Biosciences Student Association represents all students studying biology-related fields within the Schools of Medicine, Engineering, and Humanities and Sciences.

How SBSA is organized and run

SBSA leadership is composed of three main groups: Executive Board members, Special Chairs, and Home Program Representatives. These positions are filled by a Biosciences wide election held each spring quarter or through mid-year elections.

The Executive Board helps set the vision, manage finances and advertising, and plan out events with the help of Special Chairs (who run events and activities) and Home Program Representatives providing input and help with the Proposal Program.


The Executive Board is composed of the President, Vice President, Financial Officer, and Communications Chair(s).

The current Special Chairs are: Social, Fellowship, Mentoring, Alumni (liason to SMAA), Camping Trip, Orientation, Teaching and Mentoring Academy representative, and Wellness Matters liaison.

Home Program Representatives currently represent the following Biosciences Home Programs:

  • Biochemistry 
  • Bioengineering 
  • Biology 
  • Biomedical Informatics 
  • Biophysics 
  • Cancer Biology 
  • Chemical & Systems Biology 
  • Developmental Biology 
  • Genetics 
  • Health Research & Policy
  • Immunology 
  • Microbiology & Immunology 
  • Molecular & Cellular Physiology 
  • Neurosciences 
  • Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine 
  • Structural Biology 


Program Proposers are not formally voted in by the student body but are composed of students who work with SBSA to help run programs initiated through the Proposal Program (find out more here).

Our History

SBSA was formally known as BioMASS. BioMASS, the BioMedical Association of Stanford Students, was founded by Gregory Frank and Ed Rock in 1990 to represent graduate students at the Medical Center.

BioMASS officially assumed a larger student leadership role at the School of Medicine in 2010, transitioning into the Stanford Biosciences Student Association. SBSA continues on in the finest traditions of BioMASS, creating opportunities for students to connect and excel while providing the social network necessary for a well-connected and interdisciplinary research program.

Empowering graduate students to make the most of their graduate experience

Enhancing the Biosciences Experience

SBSA aims to improve the student experience throughout all stages of graduate school through social, professional, mentoring, and other events, activities, and programs.