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Student Committees (2020-2021)

Wellness Committee

The MSTP Wellness Committee is a student-run committee that builds peer-support within the MSTP. This committee organizes informal gatherings to provide students’ perspective on decision making during key transitions within the program. The Wellness Committee also organizes MSTP buddies, pairing senior trainees with junior trainees. This committee also provides programming for one student-only MSTP Monday event each semester.

Riley Behan (Co-Chair)
Jane Buchanan (Co-Chair)

Tina Arke (2018-2020 Co-Chair)
Elliot Burghardt
Lucy Evans (Co-Secretary)
Frida Teran (2018-2020 Co-Chair)
Kristin Weeks (Co-Secretary)

MSTP Mondays

The MSTP Mondays Committee is charged with defining programming for the biweekly Monday meeting. One representative is selected from each MSTP entering class to works with the Directors and Administrative Director to identify topics relevant for MSTP training. 

Sahaana Arumugam (Chair)
Lola Lozano (Co-Chair)

Lucy Evans
Daniel Pape
Shakoora Sabree
Frida Teran
Hannah Van Ert
Keyan Zarei (Chair Emeritus)

Women's Group

The MSTP Women’s Group is a student-run group that builds community among female and female-identifying students of the MSTP. Our meetings are held twice monthly and cover a range of topics from needs-driven discussions to introductions to female community leaders, presentations on resources for women on campus, and open conversations about issues relevant to women. Activities serve to raise awareness and build skills that relate to challenges at work and at home.Our mission is to promote the professional and personal development of female and female-identifying students in the Iowa MSTP. 

Membership is open to anyone of any gender who supports these goals.

Hannah Van Ert (Chair)
Gabby Bierlein-De La Rosa (Co-Chair)

Aline Sandouk (Founder & Chair Emeritus)


Retreat & I 'Heart' Science

The formats and themes are chosen by the student-run Retreat Committee, reflecting their interests and creativity. The MSTP Summer Retreat includes oral presentations that highlight research accomplishments by trainees, a presentation by an accomplished invited keynote speaker who embodies career success, career development sessions, panel discussions with MSTP alumni and PSTP trainees, and social activities. 

I ‘Heart’ Science is a second required annual MSTP retreat that is held close to Valentine’s Day. This student-initiated and organized event highlights student research accomplishments through poster presentations. Importantly, the MSTP Seminar Committee invites one speaker who provides a presentation that weaves his/her career path with their scientific accomplishments.

Daniel Pape (Chair)
Miranda Schene (Co-Chair)

Elliot Burghardt
Akansha Jain
Gage Liddiard
Laura Marquez Loza
Maddie Mix
Ellen Voigt
Qi Wang
Amy Whillock (Emeritus Chair)

MSTP Medley Committee

Medleys are program-wide social events that were developed in response to MSTP student desire for informal gatherings. MSTP Medleys are organized by students, with topics reflecting their interests and creativity. Recent activities have included Trivia Night, Bowling, Karaoke, and Science Jeopardy.

Qi Wang (Chair)

Sahaana Arumugam
Lucy Evans
Andrew Kalenkiewicz
Joey Vecchi


Seminar Committee

The MSTP Seminar Committee invites one speaker for our Summer Retreat and/or the I Heart Science event in winter, who provides a presentation that weaves his/her career path with their scientific accomplishments.

Andrew Kalenkiewicz (Chair)
Akansha Jain (Co-Chair)

Thomas Pak

Applicant Task Force

Students willing to meet with any applicant that shows up and wants more information about the program.

Elliot Burghardt
Lucy Evans
Andrew Kalenkiewicz
Laura Marquez Loza
Joey Vecchi
Ellen Voigt

MSTP Podcast Crew

Planning for a future podcast along the lines of the Short Coat Podcast: 
"All about Medical Scientist Training Programs"

Aline Sandouk (Chair)

Sahaana Arumuigam
Lola Lozano
Miranda Schene
Hannah Van Ert
Ellen Voigt

APSA Institutional Representatives

Akansha Jain
Amy Whillock

2022 RAGBRAI Planning Team

If you are interested in planning, please email mstp@uiowa.edu