Student Events & Activities

Events & Activities

The MSTP students at UVA are a close-knit group,with many friendships from year to year and especially within each year. Most maintain close friendships from Med School classes and also develop new friendships in lab. We host many events during the year to foster a sense of continuity and camaraderie. A great deal of these events are planned by one or more of our student committees. Check out some highlights here!

Research in Progress

Most months, UVA MSTP holds a Research in Progress dinner on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. The Student social committee coordinates fantastic meals for us. Two students present on their research for about 45 minutes each, including discussion time. MSTP mentors also attend the dinner and speak briefly about their research and labs.

During the course of their graduate work, each of our students will give an RIP, have short presentations on summer rotations and clinical clerkships, and participate in Hot Seat and Methods Round Tables. Thus, a student interested in honing their presentation skills can have many opportunities to vet their research with their peers and with MSTP faculty. Most degree-granting departments have training grant and departmental Journal Clubs, Research in Progress opportunities, UVA poster sessions and other events.

Med 1 and 2 Lunches

Each month, students will meet with the Director of the Program as well as associated faculty leadership to discuss living, surviving, and thriving during this phase of their training.

Annual Retreat

Held in July every year, MSTPs gather for a weekend of Science and Fun atop Wintergreen Mountain. Even in the middle of Summer, Wintergreen boasts cool nights and a lush, wooded landscape only about 45 minutes from Charlottesville. It is truly the heart and soul of the area filled with delightful cafes, craft breweries, popular wineries, and an abundance of outdoor sports activities. Coordinated by the Scientific committee, this amazing venue has been the setting of the event for several years and we plan outdoor fun as well as a full day of MSTP focused career development discussions, clinical case presentations, and the annual poster session. Through out the weekend, all levels of students gather and learn about one another’s research interests and projects.

Student Lecture Series| Distinguished Lecturer

The MSTP Student Lecture Series and the yearly MSTP Distinguished Lecturer are chosen and hosted by the MSTP Students’ Scientific Advisory Committee. The Student Lecture Series features bench or translational scientists from within UVa, often accompanied by colleagues providing clinical perspectives. The Distinguished Lecture occurs in late spring and brings in a high-profile physician-scientist selected by the Committee to meet with students and lecture over a two-day visit.

Recent MSTP Distinguished Lecturers include:


Dr. Roger Greenberg, University of Pennsylvania, Associate Professor of Cancer Biology, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, “Connecting DNA Repair to Cancer Susceptibility”


Dr. Larry Steinman, Stanford University, George A. Zimmermann Professor of Neurological Sciences, Neurology, Genetics, and Pediatrics


Dr Deepak Srivastava, Younger Family Director, Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease, Director Roddenberry Stem Cell Center for Biology and Medcine at Gladstone, Departments of Pediatrics and Biochemistry & Biophysics, University of California- San Francisco


Dr George Perry, Dean, College of Sciences, Professor of Biology, Univsersity of Texas at San Antonio


Dr Steven Shoelson, Harvard Medical School, Joslin Diabetes Center


Dr Marc Rothenberg, MD, PhD, Director, Division of Allergy and Immunology, Director, Cincinnati Center for Eosinophilic Disorders, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine


Dr. Jennifer R. Grandis, FACS, Professor of Otolaryngology and Pharmacology, Director, Head and Neck Cancer Program, Vice Chair for Research, Dept of Otolaryngology, UPMC Endowed Chair in Head and Neck Cancer Surgical research, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, “The Glamour Life of the Physician Scientist: Combining Research with Clinical Medicine”


Dr. Helen Hobbs, Eugene McDermott Distinguished Chair, Director, McDermott Center for Human Genetics, University of Texas-Southwestern, “Rare Mutations in Complex Diseases: Not So Rare and Not So Complex”


Dr. Walter J. Koch, W.W. Smith Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Translational Research, Thomas Jefferson Medical College, “Myocardial GRKs: Translational Studies in Heart Failure”


Dr. William E. Evans, Director and CEO, St. Jude’s Research Hospital, “Cancer Pharmacogenomics: Childhood Cancer as a Model”