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The MIT Chapter of Minority Association of Pre-medical Students (MAPS), under the guidance of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is committed to supporting under-represented minority pre-health students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. MITMAPS provides a connection for students with interests in science and medicine and grants an opportunity for undergraduate students to come together to design and implement a plan to further pursue a career in medicine. Together we aim to increase the number of clinically excellent and culturally competent conscious medical physicians and scientists, for our nation and the world.

Benefits of joining MITMAPS.

Through this organization, you will be proved many opportunities to interact with multicultural students interested in medicine from across the MIT, the Boston area, the Region IV area, and the nation. You will network with pre-medical students, medical students  and medical professionals from around the nation through participation in SNMA’s national and regional conferences. The SNMA member also provides other perks such as scholarships, internships, learning opportunities, and discounts on MCAT prep material. As a member of this individual chapter, you will be able to play an active role in developing the direction of the chapter by proving consistent feedback as well as through active participation in our Communication and Programming Committees, and any other special committee formed. 

How to join.

Email maps-eboard@mit.edu for more information and we’ll get you involved as soon as possible!

Meet the Executive Board for the 2014-2015 Academic Year

President

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Stephanie Ihezie ’15

Course 9: Brain and Cognitive Science + Course 21M: Theater Arts (minor)

I speak 7 different languages! Okay, not really…yet, but wouldn’t that be cool if I could? Aside from my main career goal to become a doctor, some of my life goals include: becoming a Jeopardy champion, learning a certain number of languages throughout my life but the most critical ones before I hit 30, and traveling to 5 countries in all continents that aren’t North America, Australia, and Antarctica. It brings me great happiness to learn about new cultures and embrace people who may initially seem different from me. I want to be a doctor because I want to help heal the hurt people feel. A full explanation of this would require a conversation with me. In the meantime, I have a great love for theater and enjoy shows /series like Boys Before Flowers, Deception, and Switched at Birth. I like volunteering and Wikipedia-ing and plan to take both to the next level. Most importantly, there is nothing that I love more and want more of than God.

Vice-President

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Verónica Toro ’16

Course 20: Biological Engineering

I was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. My favorite place to be at is the beach and I will never get used to the crazy Boston weather (especially rowing with the Women’s Open Weight Crew team when it is 30 degrees outside). Besides going to the beach, I really enjoy helping others and especially working with children. Because of this, I am a reading tutor for the MIT ReachOut program at the Cambridge Community Center, I am a big sister for Big Sister of Greater Boston and I am a mentor for MIT Best Buddies. In the future I want to become an orthopedic pediatric surgeon (I work building synthetic bone scaffolds at MGH!) At MIT I find that my biggest support system is the Association of Puerto Rican Students (I am their social chair and they are like my family :)) so I believe that peer support is super important and thus I fully endorse MIT MAPS mission of providing guidance from minority pre-meds to minority prs-meds. besides being Vice-President of MAPS, I am the MedLinks resident director for Simmons and I am Vice-President of Colleges Against Cancer. I hope that as an executive member I will be able to make MAPS a bigger organization on campus so that we may encourage many other minority students to pursue their goals in the field of medicine.

Treasurer

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Jaqueline “Jamir” Thompson ’16

Course 3: Material Science and Engineering

I was born in Maryland and raised in San Antonio, TX. On campus, I am the PreCollege Initiative Chair of the National Society of Black Engineers and participate in the Black Women’s Alliance and the Black Students’ Union. As you can see I am the only engineering major on the executive board; I believe that an engineering background gives a problem-solving mindset that I believe can be interfaced with medicine. I have always been interested in looking inside things, seeing how they work, and learning how to fix them. Currently I am interested in emergency medicine and orthopedic surgery. I hope that as a MITMAPS member I can encourage and help foster minority students on campus to pursue their medical goals.

Executive Secretary

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Chimdimma “Amma” Okwara ’16

Course 9: Brain and Cognitive Science + Chemistry (minor)

I was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. On campus, I play on the Varsity Women’s Soccer team. I am also a part of various clubs including the African Students’ Association, Black Women’s Alliance, and BrainTrust. I am affiliated with the Sigma Kappa sorority, and also serve on the Baker House Executive Committee as Social Chair. I have wanted to be a doctor since I was in lower school. The appeal of directly saving a life really appeals to me, especially in the global health context. Everyone should have a right to health care; it is integral in leading a fulfilling life. My life goal is to join Doctors Without Borders to deliver medical care to those lacking the proper resources.

S.N.M.A. Liaison

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Itoro Atakpa ’17

Course 9: Brain and Cognitive Science

I am from Atlanta, Georgia. I research in John Gabrieli’s lab and tutor at the Cambridge Community Center, and I am starting an organization to help educate the homeless. I am intrigued by the brain and mental health, and I hope to contribute meaningful research to the field of neurodegenerative diseases. I also like twizzlers, Batman, and heated debates…

Meet the Executive Board for the 2013-2014 Academic Year

President

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Eloho Fidelia Akpovi ’14

Course 9: Brain and Cognitive Science + Chemistry (minor)

I was born in Nigeria but grew up in Boston (but somehow never got used to the cold =/). I’ve always had a passion for pursuing medicine, especially Pediatrics. More recently, I’ve discovered my inner activist and have become an advocate not just for greater representation of URMs in the STEM field but also for the advancement of minorities in all walks of life. I decided to start a pre-med organization for minorities at MIT because 1) NSBE just isn’t for pre-meds no matter how much network exposure you get (lol), 2) learning from your peers is usually more beneficial and time efficient than learning from the Pre-health office, and 3) I’ve learned that my biggest support system has been the minority community at MIT, so why not allow others reap the same benefit? I live in New House 2 and I’ve found myself involved (actively; it’s not just a resume-building thing) with the Black Students’ Union (did I mention I served on the eboard twice), Black Women’s Alliance (again, second time on the eboard lol), Gospel Choir, Finance Board (Finboard), Senior Ball Committee, and of course MAPS.

Vice-President

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Salvador “Sal” Esparza ’14

Course 9: Brain and Cognitive Science + Course 21M: Theater Arts (minor)

I was born in Orange County, California and raised in a small suburb just outside of downtown Chicago. I’m very passionate about minority and LGBTQ advocacy and do a lot of work with Latino organizations and the Women’s and Gender Studies department of MIT. I’m a huge theater enthusiast and have been performing since I was 12 years old. I’m very interested in medicine because it’s the knot that holds together the two strands of ambition in my life — to apply science and to directly influence people’s lives. As an MIT student, learning about the brain (and the nervous system in general) has interested and kept me engaged to no end. I think the human mind is so fascinating, and across my studies the subject of mental deficits has been a recurring theme. I look forward to the day that I can apply my knowledge and I want to see myself changing people’s lives for the better through medicine.

Treasurer

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Jaqueline “Jamir” Thompson ’16

Course 3: Material Science and Engineering

I was born in Maryland and raised in San Antonio, TX. On campus, I am the PreCollege Initiative Chair of the National Society of Black Engineers and participate in the Black Women’s Alliance and the Black Students’ Union. As you can see I am the only engineering major on the executive board; I believe that an engineering background gives a problem-solving mindset that I believe can be interfaced with medicine. I have always been interested in looking inside things, seeing how they work, and learning how to fix them. Currently I am interested in emergency medicine and orthopedic surgery. I hope that as a MITMAPS member I can encourage and help foster minority students on campus to pursue their medical goals.

Executive Secretary

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Chimdimma “Amma” Okwara ’16

Course 9: Brain and Cognitive Science + Chemistry (minor)

I was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. On campus, I play on the Varsity Women’s Soccer team. I am also a part of various clubs including the African Students’ Association, Black Women’s Alliance, and BrainTrust. I am affiliated with the Sigma Kappa sorority, and also serve on the Baker House Executive Committee as Social Chair. I have wanted to be a doctor since I was in lower school. The appeal of directly saving a life really appeals to me, especially in the global health context. Everyone should have a right to health care; it is integral in leading a fulfilling life. My life goal is to join Doctors Without Borders to deliver medical care to those lacking the proper resources.

S.N.M.A. Liaisons

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Grace Assaye ’16

Course 9: Brain and Cognitive Science

I’m from Lawrenceville, Georgia but my hometown is Phoenix, Arizona. I’m also involved in the Black Women’s Alliance as the treasurer, and I work in the Residential Life and Dining Office and at my UROP in the Early Childhood Cognition Lab. I’m hoping to become either a neonatologist or pediatric neurologist in the future. I think medicine is my calling; I’ve never imagined myself doing anything else.

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Eduardo Maury ’16

Course 9: Brain and Cognitive Science

I was born in Cuba, moved to Chile when I was 8 years old, and I’ve been in the states for 6 years. Seeing  a patient pass away while I was volunteering at the ER, made me realize about how medicine still had a lot of room for improvement. I  reasoned that had there been better technologies and procedures, the patient could have survived. Thus, I want to be a medical doctor and researcher to develop future procedures and technologies to increase the patient’s chances of survival. Besides MAPS I’m in the cabinet of Brain Trust and I’m the VP of External Relations of Colleges Against Cancer and I’m a Medlink. I also UROP at the Alzheimer’s Research Unit of Massachusetts General Hospital.