The Minority Graduate Student Network (MGSN) is an organization founded and maintained by underrepresented minority graduate students in the biomedical and natural sciences.  


We have established a community for graduate students to interact with their peers as well as with post-doctoral fellows, established scientists, and other professionals. Members of MGSN include Master's, Ph.D., and M.D./Ph.D. students who attend academic institutions in the NYC metropolitan area and conduct research in a variety of fields, including cancer, immunology, neuroscience, and microbiology.  Although our membership is made up of minority graduate students, our events are open to and can benefit students from all fields and backgrounds.


Our mission is to create a community to help retain and increase the number of underrepresented minority graduate students pursuing graduate degrees in the sciences.  To achieve this aim, we provide the following:


  • Academic/research support
  • Mentoring opportunities with established scientists
  • Career and personal development workshops
  • Mixers to foster networking and collaborations
  • Community outreach projects 


Institutions which current and former MGSN members have attended include: 


  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM)
  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Cornell University-Weill Medical College
  • Gerstner Sloan-Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • City College of New York (CUNY Graduate Center)
  • Hunter College (CUNY Graduate Center)
  • Brooklyn College (CUNY Graduate Center)
  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • NYU School of Medicine-Sackler Institute
  • Rockefeller University