The MSTP hosts a variety of academic events throughout the year to which the UIC faculty and student community is cordially invited. These events include various seminar series every year: a bi-weekly Lunch Seminar, a monthly Dinner Seminar (reservations required), a series of  student Grand Rounds at various times throughout the year, and student Thesis Defense seminars.

In early spring, to chase away the blahs of too much winter, the students organize a gala charity social event called the Soiree. Held in a swank venue with good food and drink, the Soiree raises funds through "admission" donations from students and faculty and a silent auction for the students' favorite charity, the Student Run Free Clinic at Community Health Center. It is a fun evening, as evidenced in the photo above.

In August, the student body travels to an off-site resort for a 2-day Retreat filled with intellectual stimulation provided by a distinguished keynote speaker and interactive break-out sessions, as well as recreation and relaxation. In February, the MSTP student participate in the annual all-COM Student Research Form to which they append their own Research Symposium featuring talks by several of the advanced students. The calendar below will be updated as new events become scheduled.

Tuesday, November 19, 5:30 pm, Research Symposium Oral Presentations: In conjunction with the COM Research Symposium, Nov 20, the MSTP will have a program of student oral presentations. Four current M3s will present highlights of their recent thesis defenses. Here is the schedule for this evening. 6:00pm Sarah Berth-M3, 6:15pm James Frencher M3, 6:30pm Marisa Young M3, and 6:45pm Joseph Zapater M3  



Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 5:30 pm, 300 CSN
Gail Prins, PhD, Michael Reese Professor of Physiology and Urology, Director, Andrology Lab, Dept. of Urology
“The Endocrine Disruptor Bisphenol A (BPA) Reprograms Human Prostate Stem Cells and Increases Prostate Cancer Susceptibility”

Thursday, May 8, 2014, Graduation Banquet Seminar, 5:30 pm
Uzma Samadani, MD, PhD (UIC 1999)
Chief Neurosurgeon, New York Harbor Health System; Co-Director, Steven & Alexandra Cohen Veterans Center for PTSD and TBI; Assistant Professor, Departments of Neurosurgery, Psychiatry and Physiology & Neuroscience, NYU School of Medicine
“Development of an Eye Tracking Biomarker for Concussion”

Thursday, April 24, 2014, Moss Auditorium - 2014 Chicago Inter-MSTP Dinner Seminar: “Physician Scientist Pathways in 2014”

Greetings & Lecture: 6:00 – 7:30 pm; Reception: 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Kevin Shannon, MD, American Cancer Society Research Professor, Auerback Distinguished Professor of Molecular Oncology, Department of Pediatrics, UCSF

Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 5:30 pm, 300 CSN
K. Luan Phan, MD, Professor, Associate Head of Clinical and Translational Research, Director of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Clinic and Research Program, Dept. of Psychiatry
“Emotional Brain Targets for Treating Pathological Anxiety/Fear”

Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 12:30 pm, 303 CSN
Miljan Simonovic, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics
“Selenocysteine synthesis and human health“”

Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 5:30 pm, 300 CSN
Lewis Hsu, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Pediatrics; Director, Sickle Cell Center
What did MD-PhD prepare me to do in sickle cell disease?
(a) Mathematical models and mouse models
(b) Multicenter clinical trials
(c) Summer camp
(d) Advocacy for social justice
(e) Fundraising

Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 12:30 pm, 303 CSN
David Ucker, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology
“Innate Apoptotic Immunity and Pathogenesis“

Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 5:30 pm, 300 CSN
MSTP Student Oral Presentations for COM Research Symposium

Thursday, October 17, 2013, 5:30 pm, 303CSN

David Perkins, MD, Professor, Department of Surgery; Visiting Professor, Dept. of Medicine: Nephrology; Director for Research for Transplantation "The Microbiome"

Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 12:30pm, Room 303 CSN
Jie Liang, PhD, Professor, Department of Bioengineering: Bioinformatics

Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 5:30 pm, 303 CSN

Olu Ajilore, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
"Why Psychiatry?"

Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 12:30 pm, 303 CSN
Xiaoping Du, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology
“Integrin signaling and new concept in anti-thrombotic therapy”

Friday, September 6, 2013, 10:15 am
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Thesis Defense: Marisa Young,  Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics: "Scale-up of Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention in Nyanza Province Kenya: Risk Compensation Following Adult Male Circumcision and Introduction of Infant Male Circumcision Services"

Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 12:30 pm, 303 CSN
Kamal Sharma, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Anatomy & Cell Biology
“Neural Control of Motor Behaviors: Lessons from Development”

Monday, August 19, 2013 5:30 pm
, Dinner Seminar: Larry Tobacman, MD, and R. John Solaro, PhD, Distinguished University Professor and Head, Department of Physiology & Biophysics: "Molecular Mechanisms and Translational Medicine”