The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences has a wealth of detailed and useful information about diversity at Harvard, graduate education, all aspects of the application process, and financial aid resources, as well as descriptions of the activities of some of the student organizations at Harvard. 


You can download Perspectives (PDF), a brochure for minority students considering GSAS programs at Harvard.


There is a broad range of opportunities in various industries for those graduating with a graduate degree in the Biomedical Sciences. The Career Services Office offers workshops on grant writing, presentation delivery, interviewing and negotiating skills and developing your CV.


New Student Resources

Summer Institute

The Summer Institute is an optional program offered to students from underrepresented groups across Harvard. The Summer Institute leverages existing programs such as the MATLAB boot camp to bring students from multiple programs together to help them learn statistics and programming. Additional activities include panel discussions by senior graduate students about topics such as transition to graduate school, navigating Harvard, being a 1st generation student, managing familial pressures, being the outsider in your home community, and the imposter syndrome. Participating students engage in a paper reading boot camp that exposes them to the type of discussion classes they will see in their first year. Additional workshops cover topics such as mentoring up, choosing rotations, and experimental design.


Culture and Community Workshop

All first year students participate in a 2.5 hour Culture and Community Workshop during the DMS Orientation in late August. The goal of the DMS Culture and Community Workshop - organized by the GSAS Diversity and Inclusion Fellows and facilitated by DMS graduate students - is to equip incoming DMS students with the tools to establish and sustain an inclusive culture and community across DMS and in their individual programs through dynamic and in-depth discussions and activities.


Student Groups

W. E. B. Du Bois Graduate Society is an organization of GSAS students and others devoted to addressing minority issues.


Minority Biomedical Students at Harvard (MBSH) is a student organization of the Division of Medical Sciences, the Graduate School’s interfaculty PhD program with Harvard Medical School.


The Multicultural Student Alliance is comprised of six minority student health-related organizations. It implements programs and addresses issues that have an impact on current and prospective students in programs based at Harvard Medical School.


Harvard Native American Program brings together Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students and interested individuals from the Harvard community for the purpose of advancing the well-being of indigenous peoples through self-determination, academic achievement, and community service.


Biomedical Graduate Student Organization (BGSO)


LGBTQ@GSAS provides a community and safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer graduate students.


Harvard GSAS Latinx Student Association is an interdisciplinary organization committed to building community and providing intellectual and social support among students currently enrolled in graduate programs at Harvard University.


The Harvard Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (HGWISE) is a graduate student organization within GSAS that is committed to enhancing the personal, academic, and professional development of women in science, social science, and engineering at Harvard University.


Harvard University Disability Services (UDS) welcomes students, faculty, staff and visitors with disabilities. UDS provides leadership to University efforts to ensure an accessible, welcoming working and learning environment for individuals with disabilities while ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations.


Additional Student Groups are listed on the GSAS Diversity Student Groups page.


Off Campus Recruiting

The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)
The Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

Quick Links

Harvard and GSAS Resources


Resources on Allyship
Harvard GSAS Student Handbook
GSAS Calendar
Harvard University Health Services
Tax Information
Bureau of Study Council
Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
Office of Career Services
Center for Writing and Communicating Ideas




MBTA. Boston’s public transportation system is called the MBTA and is widely used by its residents.  Students can receive a discounted MBTA pass each semester.

Harvard M2. The M2 shuttle bus runs from Harvard Medical School to the Cambridge campus (Harvard Square) via MIT and is free to all of our students.

Harvard Shuttle. These buses run on five different routes, covering most of the main streets of the Cambridge campus.

Biking. Biking around Boston is one of the best and fastest way to explore the city. Students can register their bike with the Harvard Parking Office to receive access to the Longwood Medical Area bike cages.  Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition provides maps of bike trails as well as other information regarding bike travel in Boston.

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