“There’s nothing that brings me more happiness than having the chance to mentor students about the opportunities within science and medicine.”
Students come from all over the world to study at Weill Cornell’s Graduate School of Medical Sciences (WCGS), drawn by our reputation as one of the top institutions for research and patient care, our unique partnerships with other leading healthcare institutions, and the collaborative environment that they foster. As a scientist with a doctorate in biomedical science, Dr. Marcus Lambert was drawn to Weill Cornell for these same reasons, and for the opportunity to be part of pivotal moments in students’ lives—from orientation through commencement.
In his role as the WCGS’ Director of Diversity and Student Services, Dr. Lambert oversees diversity initiatives, immigration, and housing services for over 400 students. World-class physicians, researchers, educators, and administrators support these students, and in turn, our students support each other. “Sometimes you’d think—especially at larger institutions—that students would be really competitive, but students help to create a collaborative and welcoming environment here.”
Dr. Lambert’s diversity work includes serving as an advisor to WCGS student groups—including Women in Science and the Tri-Institutional Minority Society—and overseeing outreach efforts to local middle schools, high schools, and undergraduate programs. One of his biggest initiatives is the ACCESS Summer Internship Program, which offers underrepresented and disadvantaged college students an opportunity to spend 10 weeks in the laboratory of a research mentor. “Diversity initiatives like this have really made a difference for students. We nearly doubled the number of underrepresented students in our incoming graduate school class compared to recent years. It's been a real honor to be a part of that effort.”
The one thing at the heart of Dr. Lambert's work with both Weill Cornell graduate students and students within the community is mentorship. As the next generation of scientists and researchers, he knows that their work has the potential to have an extraordinary effect in their respective fields and in the lives of patients around the world. “There’s nothing that brings me more happiness than having the chance to mentor students about the opportunities within science and medicine.”
What would Dr. Lambert tell someone who is considering a career at Weill Cornell Medicine?
“I often tell people who are not residents of New York City that everyone should experience New York City if they have the chance. I feel the same way about Weill Cornell. Everyone should experience it. It’s an opportunity to see what it’s like to work at a world-class institution with people who really care about the individuals around them.”