Medical Scientist Training Program

annual combined degree retreat

The Penn MSTP program holds an annual retreat for all MD/PhD and VMD/PhD students, as well as, our program's directors, steering committee and staff.

2018 Retreat

Thursday, August 2, 2018 (full day)
Villanova University, Villanova, PA

Featuring keynote speaker:

Shirley M. Tilghman, PhD
President of the University, Emeritus
Professor of Molecular Biology and Public Affairs

Information about Dr. Tilghman's work:

Shirley M. Tilghman was elected Princeton University’s 19th president on May 5, 2001 after serving on the Princeton faculty for 15 years. Upon the completion of her term in June of 2013, she returned to the faculty. During her scientific career as a mammalian developmental geneticist, she studied the way in which genes are organized in the genome and regulated during early development, and was one of the founding members of the National Advisory Council of the Human Genome Project for the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Tilghman is an Officer of the Order of Canada, the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Developmental Biology, the Genetics Society of America Medal, and the L’Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science. She is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine and The Royal Society of London. She serves as a trustee of Amherst College, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. She is a director of Alphabet Inc. and The Broad Institute, and a Fellow of the Corporation of Harvard College.

Below is the transportation information to Villanova’s campus. The retreat will take place in the Connelly Center (#9 on the Campus Map)

By Car:

Directions and a map to Villanova’s campus

Parking:
Attendees are to park in the Main Lot (the one on Lancaster Ave, enter off S. Ithan Ave) and use the Guest Parking permit for access.

Public transportation:
Take SEPTA’s Regional Rail Paoli/Thorndale Line to Villanova Station – directly on campus.

Directions to Connelly Center after exiting the train:
The Connelly Center is about a 5 minute walk from the train. When exiting the train you’ll need to go to the other side of the tracks via the pedestrian tunnel at the station. You will then see a building straight ahead, Mendel Science Center #36, which has an archway. Walk under the archway, then turn left onto the first road, proceed to the first road on the right and turn right. Follow that road which bends around to the left and brings you to pavement. Dead ahead is a large, black and white (3-disc) sculpture, "The Oreo". The Connelly Center is the building directly behind the Oreo, and the entrance to the upper level is another 40 yds at the front of the building. Registration will be downstairs on the lower level of the Connelly Center.

Past Speakers

Take a look at our list of previous retreat speakers

past combined degree retreats

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