Tri-I Outreach Committee (TORC)

Tri-I Outreach Committee (TOrC) focuses on STEM outreach initiatives for K-12 through undergraduate students, primarily for underrepresented minorities and students from low-income families.

TOrC is led by Ifeh Akano (Weill Cornell Pharmacology, David Lab), Ilana Kotliar (TPCB, Sakmar Lab), Alexa Strauss (TPCB, Levitz Lab), and Gianna Stella (TPCB, Marraffini Lab). TOrC aims to make science more accessible by spreading awareness about careers in science, inspiring others to follow their passion in STEM, and providing them with resources to help them excel. In parallel, we strive to bridge Weill Cornell Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering, and The Rockefeller University by connecting members of the Tri-I with a common passion for outreach and mentorship.

In 2020, TOrC student leaders founded the Tri-I Mentorship Initiative (TIMI) to empower those interested in applying to graduate programs through one-on-one mentoring. Current Tri-I graduate students are paired with undergraduates or recent graduates who are applying to biomedical PhD programs. Mentors receive training and dispatch their own experiences with the application process to help mentees select schools to apply to, craft their personal statements, and improve their interviewing skills. This year, TIMI matched over 40 mentor-mentee pairs and included participants from all over the globe. Over 65% of TIMI mentees self-identified as an underrepresented minority and/or qualify as disadvantaged by the NIH. TIMI hopes to arm its mentees with the tools necessary to be successful PhD applicants.

For more information about TOrC, please contact For more information on TIMI, please contact Ifeh Akano at:

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