Tri-Institutional Outreach Committee – a culture of science outreach
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Ifeh Akano, Co-Chair
Ilana Kotliar, Co-Chair
Gianna Stella, Co-Chair
Alexa Strauss, Co-Chair
TPCB students are engaged in a wide range of outreach programs to bring the wonder and power of science to underserved communities and to support the next generation of scientists.
The Tri-Institutional Outreach Committee (TOrC) is led by Ifeh Akano (Weill Cornell Pharmacology, David Lab), Ilana Kotliar (TPCB, Sakmar Lab), Alexa Strauss (TPCB, Levitz Lab), and Gianna Stella (TPCB, Marraffini Lab). TOrC aims to make science more accessible by spreading awareness about careers in science, inspiring others to follow their passion in STEM, and providing them with resources to help them excel. In parallel, we strive to bridge Weill Cornell Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering, and The Rockefeller University by connecting members of the Tri-I with a common passion for outreach and mentorship.
In 2020, TOrC student leaders founded the Tri-I Mentorship Initiative (TIMI) to empower those interested in applying to graduate programs through one-on-one mentoring. Current Tri-I graduate students are paired with undergraduates or recent graduates who are applying to biomedical PhD programs. Mentors receive training and dispatch their own experiences with the application process to help mentees select schools to apply to, craft their personal statements, and improve their interviewing skills. This year, TIMI matched over 40 mentor-mentee pairs and included participants from all over the globe. Over 65% of TIMI mentees self-identified as an underrepresented minority and/or qualify as disadvantaged by the NIH. TIMI hopes to arm its mentees with the tools necessary to be successful PhD applicants.
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