Past Events

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged WiMSTP to host their events online from 2020 – 2022. However, we were grateful for the chance to convene our community and unite members of the ISMMS to celebrate women in science and think critically about how the pandemic has impacted the lives of women.

September 2021

Coffee and Chats with Dr. Uraina Clark 

Joy Jiang, MS2

We had the opportunity to get to know our new Associate Co-Director of our MSTP. We were inspired by her commitment to addressing racism and discrimination through her research and hospital leadership. We are excited to welcome Dr. Clark to our MSTPhamily and look forward to having her mentorship and guidance!

August 2021

WiMSTP MS1 Welcome Picnic 

Joy Jiang, MS2

To welcome first-year MSTP students to Mount Sinai, WiMSTP hosted a happy hour and picnic outdoors in Central Park. We had a wonderful time catching up and enjoyed an incredible splay of cheese, crackers, fruit, hummus, and wine.

March 2021

Murder Mystery Virtual Party 

Amara Jennings-Plaza, MP3

Women in MSTP hosted a virtual murder mystery party on March 11th! It was a Jazz Age themed party where the owner of a jazz club, Felix Fontano, was murdered and we had to investigate to figure out who did it. In the end it was discovered that Edgar Fitzpatrick, played by WiMSTP’s very own Michelle Tran, had murdered him in a fit of rage when they argued over Felix threatening to pull his funding from Edgar’s new Broadway production. It was a very fun night filled with mystery and intrigue. Attendees were able to order dinner courtesy of UberEats gift cards and were given mini champagne bottles to toast the evening. 

Girls in Science and Engineering Day 

Audrey Lee and Joy Jiang

On March 6, members of WiMSTP joined the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum for their annual Girls in Science & Engineering Day. WiMSTP, along with several science-based organizations, discussed a variety of topics about the biomedical world. The event began with live conversation with molecular biologist and science communicator Raven Baxter, followed by various special sessions. WiMSTP additionally hosted a special session at GSED about the science behind vaccines as well as careers in medicine and biomedical research. We are proud to support and provide mentorship to female students, no matter their stage of training!

January 2021

Winter Social Hour 

Some attendees at our Winter Social Hour 🙂

Joy Jiang, MS1

Women in MSTP hosted a Zoom social hour on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 7 pm! Attendees congregated to discuss topics surrounding women in science, particularly as it pertains to challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and met other community members interested in these issues. We  discussed of possible action items to address challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially for women and people of color.

See the following latest press releases that inspired conversation that evening:

Coffee and Chats with Miriam Udler, MD/PhD 

Joy Jiang, MS1

WiMSTP were elated to speak with Dr. Miriam Udler, Director of the MGH Diabetes Genetics Clinic and an attending in the MGH Endocrine Tumor Genetics Clinic.

December 2020

Book Club Discusses Inferior by Angela Saini

Book Club leaders (L-R) Joy Jiang, Ali Mills, Michelle Tran

Joy Jiang, MS1

WiMSTP convened a book club to discuss Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story by Angela Saini. Saini scrutinizes studies and opinions from prominent scientists that have relegated women as the weaker and less competent sex. She then takes readers on discussion of data from anthropology, comparative biology, genetics, physiology, and psychology that demonstrate a different depiction of female intelligence and strength. 

Inferior was recognized as Physics World “Book of the Year” for 2017, a finalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards for “Best Science and Technology”, and recommended by Scientific American. On Thursday and Sunday evenings from October to December, Joy Jiang, Ali Mills, Jessica Tan, and Michelle Tran led conversation and critique among Master’s, MD/PhD, and PhD students as well as alumni about key themes and applications of this book.

November 2020

Members Volunteer at 2020 GAINS Conference

Joy Jiang, MS1

WiMSTP assisted at the 2020 GAINS Conference on November 19, 2020, an event geared towards highlighting high school girls’ interest in STEM topics. We were proud to represent ISMMS in volunteering at this program! 

October 2020

Coffee & Chat with Alumnus Dr. Noura Abul-Husn 

WiMSTP conclude their conversation with Dr. Abul-Husn

Michelle Tran, MP1

On October 15, 2020, WiMSTP had an inspirational Coffee and Chat session with Dr. Noura Abul-Husn, M.D., Ph.D. and Associate Professor of Medicine and of Genetics and Genomic Sciences! She shared her insights about leveraging her MD/PhD training to carve her own career path at Mount Sinai. She shared her story of how she founded the relatively new Division of Genomic Medicine in the Department of Medicine and the innovative projects and collaborations they are working on. The students who attended left invigorated and inspired to explore fields during their training with an open mind to discover and nurture their own research and/or clinical niche!