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KGI Student News - WEPP Spotlight
From the humble beginnings of a Facebook conversation arose the Journal Club, a small organization of then-first year students interested in going above and beyond KGI’s innovative curriculum to further their own personal learning. Devised initially as a small loose organization providing group feedback for writing, editing, and topic selection, the Journal Club rebranded itself during the beginning of the 2010-2011 academic year to become WEPP; Writing and Editing for Professional Publication. WEPP is the first student-managed activity supported by the administration as an independent study, allowing students to further develop their writing skills in topics of personal and professional interest.
WEPP Co-chairs Wah Yan (MBS ’11) and Ryan LaRanger (MBS ’11) initially started the group with just seven people. Since then, WEPP has now expanded to over ten members comprising of MBS ’11 and MBS ’12 as well as Post-baccalaureate Pre-medical Certificate (PPC) students writing on diverse and interesting topics ranging from health policy to disease reviews to biofuels. The organization’s first big success came in the spring of 2010, when authors Boris Gites, Mona Chughtai, and Jessica Chang published ‘Benefits of the Orphan Drug Act for Rare Disease Treatments’ in Tuftscope, the Tufts University Journal of Health, Ethics, and Policy.
For the 2010-2011 academic year, WEPP hopes to continue the momentum of its initial success with further publications. Currently, the organization is working on projects in bio-ethanol production, health economics of HIV, and a cancer disease review in teams consisting of both MBS ’11 and MBS ’12 students. Additionally, the organization hopes to become a living fixture at the institution, continuing to provide student led experiences in writing, editing, and publishing in the future.
Article submitted by Wah Yan (MBS '11)