The SBSA Mission Statement

It is the belief of the Stanford Biosciences Student Association (SBSA) that each Stanford graduate student is valuable and is capable of realizing a self-defined vision of success.

Therefore, the mission of SBSA is to empower Biosciences graduate students to make the most of our graduate experience by building a united community, promoting student wellness and happiness, facilitating student-run programs, and advancing student interests.

SBSA Constitution

Who we represent

Our constituency includes the approximately 800 students in approximately 14 research departments here at Stanford University. In addition to the biological sciences, SBSA has members in the departments of physics, applied physics, chemistry as well as departments in the school of engineering.

What we do

Our most visible function is to bring students together for a monthly social hour (normally Thursday 5-7), where we provide drinks and snacks for students after a long week of work. We also plan a yearly camping trip for incoming 1st year students to encourage them to meet peers from other departments. This is a two night trip and is responsible for starting many friendships over the years.

Beyond the obvious social functions, SBSA also serves as an advocate at Faculty Senate Meetings, liaison to the Lane Library, and an advisor to the Career Center about how they can best serve biomedical graduate students. Informally, meetings are also a forum where we can discuss pertinent graduate issues like how to improve graduate life at Stanford, mental health issues, bike safety among many other things. 

Come join us at our monthly meetings and enjoy free food and see for yourself what SBSA is all about. All of our activities are graciously supported by the Dean's Office in the School of Medicine, the Office for Student Life, the School of Medicine Alumni Association, and the Graduate Student Council. We work closely with other organizations on campus as well, including the School of Medicine Career Center, Lane Library, the Vice Provost for Graduate Education, and LKSC.