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Want to make an impact? The MSTP High School Mentoring Program is recruiting!

Posted by on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 in Science Advocacy .

By Thao Le (G4)

This summer marks one year since the start of the Vanderbilt MSTP High School Mentoring Program, which aims to provide high school students from underprivileged backgrounds with exposure to careers in medicine and biomedical research as well as opportunities for mentorship that will affirm their potential for success. Piloted during a year of social distancing and virtual learning, the program successfully paired 10 Vanderbilt MD-PhD student “mentors” with high school student “mentees” from Hillsboro High School. Throughout this past academic year, mentor-mentee pairs connected over zoom and emails where they learned about each other and discussed hobbies, goals, as well as stressors and concerns. Originally led by Thao Le (G4), Avery Bogart (G1), and Ariel Thorson (M2), the program is currently recruiting a new group of student leaders and volunteers led by Yasminye Pettway (G2) in the upcoming academic year. If you are interested in either (or both!) positions, please don’t hesitate to email Yasminye at to express interest and be on the lookout for more email communication in July and August – MSTP students at all levels of training are welcomed!