Posts in Student Spotlight

Meet the Vanderbilt MSTP incoming class of 2017!

Ayesha Muhammad (Rising M2)
June 27, 2017

The Vanderbilt MSTP is excited to introduce the incoming class of 2017, who started the program orientation on June 20th. They hail from all over the world, and we are delighted to have such a diverse group of people join our program. Welcome, new M1s!

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.

Second Year MSTP Student Brad Reinfeld Joins Tumor Immunology Band - The CheckPoints

To remain engaged in science while completing my first year of medical school, I began to follow journals, prominent scientists, and science organizations on Twitter. Through Twitter, I was able to complement my lectures about autoimmune disease like Ankylosing Spondylitis  with the latest trials published using monoclonal antibodies against IL17a antibodies. When I changed my Twitter from following sports teams to science, I never predicted that it would allow me to have a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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.