Program Activities

UW MSTP students frequently meet formally and informally to share ideas and enjoy life outside of school. Some of the MSTP-sponsored events are:

2019 MSTP Entering Class

The 2019 entering class visit the MSTP office, home of the student lounge and journal club

MSTP Annual Retreat

MSTP students gather for the annual summer retreat

MSTP Retreat Poster Session

Students at the MSTP summer retreat participate in a poster session

Directors' Brunch

MSTP students catch up with Program Director Dr. Marshall Horwitz

White Coat Ceremony

New MSTP students receive their white coats

Q&A with the Directors

MSTP directors hold a Q&A at the annual retreat

MSTP Retreat

MSTP students and their families meet at one of the many state parks in Washington State for a summer retreat. We welcome incoming students and share science and fellowship. Recent locations have included Semiahmoo Resort, Fort Ebey State Park, Twanoh State Park, and Sleeping Lady Resort.

Weekly Journal Club & Monthly Dinner Meetings

These meetings focus on new journal articles and on the research of MSTP students and faculty mentors. The journal club is organized by and for students. The monthly dinners are open to MSTP students and faculty. All involve supper.

2021-22 MSTP Dinner Meeting Dates & Presenter Information

October 7, 2021

Faculty Speaker:  Jhimmy Talbot, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Basic Sciences Division, Fred Hutch

Student Speaker: Alec Wilkens (E-16), Riddell Lab, Molecular & Cellular Biology

November 18, 2021

Faculty Speakers: TBD

Student Speaker: TBD

January 6, 2022

Faculty Speaker: Smita Yadav, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology

Student Speaker: Allie Greaney (E-16), Bloom Lab, Genome Sciences

January 27, 2022

Faculty Speaker: Jennifer Davis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Departments of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, and Bioengineering

Student Speaker: Courtnie Paschall (E-16), Rao Lab, Bioengineering

February 10, 2022

Faculty Speaker: Benjamin “Beno” Freedman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Medicine – Nephrology

Student Speaker: Joe Janizek (E-16), Lee Lab, Computer Science & Engineering

February 24, 2022

Faculty Speaker: Devin Schweppe, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Genome Sciences

Student Speaker: Sam Regalado (E-16), Shendure Lab, Genome Sciences

April 21, 2022

Faculty Speaker: David Baker, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biochemistry, and Director, Institute of Protein Design, UW

Student Speaker: Ryan Carlson (E-16), King Lab, Genome Sciences

Quarterly Directors’ Suppers

1st and 2nd year students have informal suppers with our directors to discuss lab choices, coursework, and any other issues. Students will have met individually with directors between these supper meetings.

Directors’ Brunches

In the fall, we meet at the home of one of the directors for brunch and conversation.