Harvard Social Activites

Harvard has a nearly unlimited number of social activities and personal/professional resources for graduate students. 


Biomedical Graduate Student Organization.  BGSO exists to foster a sense of community among graduate students in the life sciences at Harvard Medical School.  BGSO sponsors a wide range of activities, from ski trips to movie nights to a formal dance on a boat that tours Boston Harbor.  BGSO also provides funds for DMS-related student groups that range from social groups like Anime Eyecatch to more serious pursuits such as Seeding Labs (a student organization that collects donated and surplus equipment to send to labs in developing countries).  If you can imagine it, BGSO may well help you fund it.


Dudley House.  Dudley House, located in Harvard Yard in Cambridge, is the Graduate Student Center for all Ph.D. and Master’s students at Harvard.  Dudley House provides everything from jazz bands to movie nights to knitting circles to blood drives.  Activities are as serious as a rape aggression course, or as educational as an outing to celebrate the Battle of Lexington and Concord, or as quirky as a concert by a hurdy gurdy band. 


Harvard Graduate Women in Science and Engineering.  HGWISE is a social/professional group dedicated to promoting the professional, academic, and personal lives of graduate women in science adn engineering.  They hold talks with invited speakers, networking and social events, training sessions, and coffee hours.


Minority Biomedical Scientists of Harvard.  MBSH exists to meet the needs for career develoment of biomedical scientists from groups traditionally underrepresented at Harvard and its affiliates.


Science in the News.  SITN is a student-run organization that connects scientists and non-scientists by providing free seminars, social events, podcasts, and written materials on a variety of science topics for the general public.


Journal of Emerging Investigators.  JEI is a scientific journal for middle and high school students, run entirely by Harvard graduate students.  JEI serves graduate students by providing them with the opportunity to participate in the editorial, review, and publication process.


Harvard GSAS Science Policy Group.  The Science Policy Group gives graduate students the opportunity to investigate the intersection of science and public policy.  They do this by hosting topical discussions, practical workshops, panel discussions, and career events.


GSAS Harvard Biotechnology Club.  The Biotech Club seeks to build relationships between academia and biotech by hosting courses, events and career fairs.  Participants include students from the GSAS life sciences programs, Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, and Harvard College.


Harvard LGBTQ at GSAS.  LGBTQ seeks to provide a community and space space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer graduate students.  They accomplish this through social gatherings, educational workshops on topics of interest, and activism to engage in real-world issues.


Religious Organizations.  A wide variety of faiths is represented at Harvard.  Students can easily find a congregation that shares their faith.


Cultural Organizations.  Numerous student organizations exist to allow students to meet with others from their own cultures:  The Chinese Students and Scholars Association; the Near East Society; the Graduate Student Canadian Club; the GSAS Iranian Student Association; the GSAS Latinx Association, the GSAS Singaporean and Malaysian Association; the GSAS Taiwan Student Association; the GSAS Turkish Student Association; the GSAS Italian Society; the GSAS Korea Society.


Harvard Dragon Boat Team.  A GSAS student organization focused on … dragon boating!  The group competes internationally and has been very successful.







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