Posts in Science Advocacy

The Vanderbilt MSTP hosts the largest mini MSTP event to date!

Krystian Kozek (G3), Gabby DiCarlo (G2), and Lindsay Klofas (G1)
May 19, 2017
Posted in Science Advocacy

This May, the MSTP hosted 160 students from twelve schools throughout Middle Tennessee for a one-day introduction to the Medical Scientist Training Program, known as the Mini-MSTP. Thanks to our 25 student volunteers, these visiting 5th- and 6th-grade students spent their day at Vanderbilt learning about science, medicine, and what it means to be a physician-scientist. 

The Three Minute Thesis®: Students present their Ph.D. work in the same length of time it takes to read this article

By Krystian Kozek (G3) and MariaSanta Mangione (G3)
April 25, 2017

On March 31, 2017, five Vanderbilt MSTP graduate-phase students participated in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition. Melissa Bloodworth (G4), Daniel Kashima (G4), Shan Parikh (G4), Krystian Kozek (G3), and MariaSanta Mangione (G3) all elected to condense years of Ph.D. work into less than 180 seconds of oral presentation with one static slide to a non-specialist audience. Their work was judged on the criteria of (1) comprehension, (2) engagement, and (3) communication style against 50 other competitors across many Ph.D. disciplines.

Science Policy and Advocacy – A Trip to Capitol Hill

In October, I attended a two-day workshop on federal STEM policy and advocacy in Washington, D.C., an incredibly eye-opening experience organized annually by Vanderbilt University’s Office of Federal Relations. My motivation to apply for this workshop was fueled primarily by my (for lack of a better word) ignorance of how science policy is influenced through advocacy by various stakeholders and how it’s ultimately created and implemented at the federal level.