The MSTP Student Council is an elected body serving essential organizational, programmatic, and social roles for the students and administration of the CU Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). This student-led advocacy organization represents the unique perspectives and needs of a growing student population on the Anschutz Medical Campus. The core roles and functions of the MSTP Student Council are listed in the following tabs, divided into Four Prongs: Advice, Communication, Policy, and Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Advocacy (IDEA).
Advice series

(Meals & Mentorship advice event)

Advice: The MSTP SC compiles and consolidates advice, resources, and wisdom of senior students and hosts events to help all students navigate MD/PhD transitions and milestones. Events are planned and implemented by MSTP SC.

  • Associated events: Meals & Mentorship (M&M) Series (MD-to-PhD & How to Publish; PhD-to-MD & How to Succeed in Clinic; MSTP-to-Beyond: Preparing and Applying for Residency).
park day 2

(MSTP-Park Day)

Communication: The MSTP SC is a conduit for reciprocal communication between the MSTP student body and the MSTP administration. MSTP SC also serves to promote program cohesion, community building, and peer mentorship through social events. The Communication Committee is responsible for overseeing the social, interactive, and messaging program of MSTP SC.

    • Associated events: MSTP Park-Day, Social Hours, Annual MSTP Retreat, Revisit Weekend
    • Initiatives: MSTP-Pods, SWAG
    • Resources: SC-Slack, MSTP Intranet (repository of MSTP resources), Quarantine Chronicles Newsletter, Twitter

Policy: The MSTP SC studies issues related to current program structure and makes recommendations for programmatic change to the MSTP administration. Policy changes are recommended only after careful consideration and consultation of the MSTP student body and all relevant stakeholders. 

    • Associated events: Quarterly MSTP SC Business Meetings.
    • Current Topics for Study: New curriculum, Return to Clinic Refresher Course

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Advocacy (IDEA): The MSTP SC serves to facilitate a broad awareness of how and why diversity is unequivocally linked to all MSTP areas of concern such as intellectual freedom, education and continual learning, literacy and fairness of access; to support our current and future students in all aspects of equity and justice; and to foster the development of a diverse MSTP student community. 

    • Studies diversity issues affecting MSTP students, recommends policy changes, advocates for students facing discrimination, collaborates with other campus advocacy groups, and interfaces with Community Outreach

Co-President and Communication Chair

Sarah Zych (she/her)

Co-President and Communication Chair
GS4, Neuroscience
Fun Fact: Sarah creates new plants through propagation to share with friends!

Lily Nguyen

Lily Nguyen (she/her)

Co-President and Advice Co-Chair
GS2, MCDB Boulder
Fun Fact: Lily likes non-licorice flavored licorice!


Austin Jolly

Austin Jolly (he/him)

Advice Co-Chair
GS3, Pharmacology
Fun Fact: Jolly is left handed so everything in the cell culture hood is backwards for him!

Conor Hughes

Connor Hughes (he/him)

Policy Co-Chair
GS3, Pharmacology
Fun Fact: Connor has played percussion and the drumset for 19 years (and pictured here with Dr. Peter Agre)!

Andy Tekriwal

Andy Tekriwal (he/him)

Policy Co-Chair
GS4, Neuroscience
Fun Fact: Andy enjoy spending time outside and foraging for wild foods - especially porcini and chanterelles!

Hans Anderson

Hans Anderson (he/him)

IDEA Co-Chair, Treasurer, Tech Director
MS4, Bioengineering