HST Joint Council 

The HST student association, known as the Joint Council, sponsors activities and creates policies that improve student life. The Joint Council Chairs, one MD student and one PhD student, are elected each year along with other officers and student representatives to various HST committees. HST has a rich tradition of including student voices in policy making as well as in admissions, curriculum design, and alumni relations.

Student Officers and Representatives (AY 2021 - 2022)

Council Chairs
Responsibilities include calling and presiding over regular meetings of the Joint Council (JC), managing the HST Joint Council budget, assembling and distributing meeting agendas.

Hornick, Amanda Claire

Amanda Hornick
PhD Chair

SimranHanda

Simran Handa
MD co-Chair

Mesyngier, Maia

Maia Mesyngier

MD co-Chair

Treasurer

Works with the Chairs to oversee the HST Joint Council budget and works closely with Graduate Administrator to ensure that expenses are properly accounted for.

Krupczak

Brandon Krupczak

Secretary

Works with Chairs to communicate on behalf of the JC. Coordinates meetings and takes minutes at JC meetings.

Gao

Xining Gao

Social Chairs

Work with the Chairs and administrators to plan events that build community. Examples of events are the TGIFs, Formal dinner and the Retreat.

Hoying

Madelyn Hoying

Vaidya, Anurag

Anurag Vaidya

Zhu, Lillian

Lillian Zhu

Public Service Chairs

Organize public service activities for student, staff, and faculty participation. List of opportunities available here.

Eberly, Gari Liu

Gari Eberly

Sayo Eweje

Sayo Eweje

Olchanyi, Mark David

Mark Olchanyi

Ami Thakrar

Ami Thakrar

Constantine Tzouanas

Constantine Tzouanas

Professional Events Coordinator

Organize professional development events such as interview/CV workshops, discussions with representatives from local industry/startups/other life sciences-focused businesses, and site visits.

Krupczak

Brandon Krupczak

Aditya Misra

Aditya Misra

Representatives to the HST-IMES Committee on Academic Programs (HICAP)

Responsibilities include attending regularly scheduled meetings of HICAP, providing student input, and communicating information regarding issues before HICAP to the student community.

Ariziti Sanz

Jon Arizti Sanz

Gao

Xining Gao

Neha Kapate

Neha Kapate

PhD Representatives to the HST MD Curriculum Committee

Responsibilities include attending the monthly meetings of the HST MD Curriculum Committee, providing student input, and communicating details of MD Curriculum Committee deliberations to the student community.

Taylor Cannon

Taylor Cannon

Kumar

Ashwin Kumar

Kristen Rodrigues

Kristen Rodrigues

MD Representatives to the HST MD Curriculum Committee

Responsibilities include attending the monthly meetings of the HST MD Curriculum Committee, providing student input, and communicating details of MD Curriculum Committee deliberations to the student community. Each entering MD class has two representatives

Carly Ziegler

Carly Ziegler
MD Class 2018

Sarah Weiss

Sarah Weiss
MD Class 2019 

Angela Zhang

Angela Zhang
MD Class 2019 

David Cookmeyer

David Cookmeyer
MD Class 2021

Rahul Gupta

Rahul Gupta
MD Class 2021

Alaina Bever

Alaina Bever
MD Class 2022

Evans

Kathryn Evans
MD Class 2022

Brian Chang

Brian Chang
MD Class 2023

Deitrich

Chris Deitrich
MD Class 2023

Lee

Gha Young Lee
MD Class 2024

Mather, Rory Vu

Rory Mather
MD Class 2024

Ramirez

Nereida Ramirez
MD Class 2024

Crowdis, Jett P

Jett P Crowdis

MD Class 2025

Akshay Jaggi

Akshay Jaggi

MD Class 2025

Representatives to MIT’s Graduate Student Council

Responsibilities include attending the meetings of the MIT Graduate Student Council to represent HST student interests, and making reports to the HST graduate council at their meetings on issues discussed by the GSC.

Hornick, Amanda Claire

Amanda Hornick

Mather, Rory Vu

Rory Mather

Palepu

Anil Palepu

MD Advocacy Chair

Responsibilities include leading and coordinating student advocacy efforts, including but not limited to diversity, equity, & inclusion, mainly on the HMS side of HST in collaboration with HST/IMES leadership. This involves coordination with the PhD Advocacy Chair and other groups working on these issues and forging relationships with many different resources across HMS/MIT.  

SimranHanda

Simran Handa

PhD Advocacy Chair and 4th HICAP Rep

Responsibilities include leading and coordinating student advocacy efforts, including but not limited to diversity, equity, & inclusion, mainly on the MIT side of HST in collaboration with HST/IMES leadership. This requires coordination with the MD Advocacy Chair and other groups working on these issues to forge relationships with many different resources across HMS/MIT. The PhD Advocacy Chair also serves as a fourth student representative to the HST-IMES Committee on Graduate Programs (HICAP). 

Mendez, Keegan

Keegan Mendez

HST/IMES Diversity Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee

Working with the faculty, administrative staff, and research staff members of the DEI Committee (DEIC), student representatives represent thoughts and concerns of the IMES/HST student body to the DEIC

Rachel Bellisle

Rachel Bellisle

Garwood, Indie

Indie Garwood

Mendez, Keegan

Keegan Mendez