Scott MacGuidwin ('19), Chair

Hometown: Okemos, MI

Major: Computational Biology // Wharton Concentration: Finance

What are your 3 favorite aspects of the LSM program?

1. Ample access to alumni and leaders in biotech and pharma.

2. The close-knit LSM community.

3. Free coffee and printing in the LSM lounge!

What makes the LSM community unique compared to other academic communities around Penn?

The LSM community is unique in that its small size and proseminar/capstone courses allows you to know all of the students extremely well. The community provides such an extensive support network, that it really seems more like a family. LSMers work together on group projects, advise each other on course selection, and provide an incredible amount of love and support throughout all four years. Other academic programs share resources and advice, but few foster the same degree of friendship, especially across years. Recent graduates visit Penn regularly, and I frequently meet with and have dinner with alumni in New York, Boston, and once even in my hometown of Okemos!

What internships have you completed?

The summer after my sophomore year, I worked in the Elemento Lab at Weill Cornell Medicine, working on machine-learning based approaches to drug discovery. My lab’s main goal was to improve the percentage of drugs approved by the FDA through adverse event prediction and target deconvolution. My work involved compiling and engineering many different types of clinical and structural data together to build a new model predicting the immunotherapeutic potential of many existing drugs.

Next summer, I will be working in healthcare banking at Houlihan Lokey in New York.

What extracurricular activities do you do at Penn?

I am the current Chair/President of the LSM Student Advisory Board, the group responsible for planning and coordinating LSM’s academic initiatives, panel discussions, social events, apparel orders, annual banquet and retreat, and more!

I also serve as the Vice President of Marketing for the Penn Undergraduate Biotechnology Society, an organization which hosts talks by industry leaders, presents on the finance and science of biotechnology, plans Penn’s annual Biotech 101 Conference, and consults for local biotech startups.

Finally, I’m a member of Penn Curling (National Champions 2016!), and Sigma Nu Fraternity.