WTS Scholarship Program

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The WTS Scholarship Program covers meeting registration for the STS Annual Meeting plus hotel accommodations for three nights and up to $500 in air and ground travel-related expenses. The application for the WTS Scholarship Program opens in mid to late September, Closes in late October.

This award allows women medical students,  general surgery residents and cardiothoracic surgery residents enrolled at an accredited institution, with an interest in cardiothoracic surgery, the opportunity to attend the STS Annual Meeting, and to be mentored throughout the meeting by a WTS/STS member. In addition, women postdoctoral candidates in a research or other gap year who have graduated medical school and are interested in cardiothoracic surgery are eligible to apply.

The application process for the 2022 WTS Scholarship Program is closed. Interested applicants must apply online at https://STS.smapply.io/prog/wts_scholarship_program/. In addition to completing an online application form, applicants will be asked to upload a current CV,  a letter of recommendation and a letter of support from their institution. The application submission deadline is November 9, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. CT.

For U.S. and Canadian applicants, your letter of recommendation must be from a STS member. For international applicants, those outside of the United States and Canada, your letter of recommendation must be from your Program Director, your Medical School Dean, or a CT surgeon faculty member. In addition, an applicant’s letter of recommendation will be part of the review process.

A letter of support should indicate that the applicant has permission from their institution to attend the STS 58th Annual Meeting in Miami Beach, FL, Saturday, January 29- Monday, January 31, 2022, should they be awarded a WTS Scholarship.

**During STS 2022 (the 58th Annual Meeting), the Society will require that all professional registrants, exhibitors, guests, and STS staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to their attendance. Please note that if you are awarded a WTS Scholarship, you will need to be vaccinated to attend the STS 58th Annual Meeting in Miami Beach, FL.

Additional details about STS 2022 COVID Protocols can be found on the STS website by clicking on the link below:


The WTS scholarship program has awarded over 100 scholarships since its inception in 2005. In awarding this annual WTS scholarship, Women in Thoracic Surgery is fulfilling one of its stated missions “to enhance the education of women thoracic surgeons.”

Make a tax-deductible contribution to the WTS Scholarship Program. Your support will help WTS continue its mission of developing women thoracic surgeons through this annual mentoring program.

Contact WTS Headquarters at help@wtsnet.org with questions.

WTS Scholarship Program for Attendance at the STS Annual Meeting

Meeting Dates

January 29-31, 2022


Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, Florida


The scholarship covers meeting registration fees and a three-night stay at a STS-designated hotel.  In addition, the scholarship includes up to $500 to cover air travel (one round-trip coach class airfare), ground transportation (shuttle, taxi and Uber/Lyft),  and meals (not already provided by WTS/STS). 

Award Payout

Following the STS Annual Meeting, up to $500 in travel (air and ground) and meal expenses will be reimbursed upon completion of a post-meeting survey, and receipt of an expense reimbursement form and receipts.




Women medical students, general surgery residents, and cardiothoracic surgery residents enrolled at an accredited institution.  In addition, women postdoctoral candidates in a research or other gap year who have graduated medical school and are interested in cardiothoracic surgery, are eligible to apply.

Previous recipients of any of the following scholarships/awards are not eligible to apply:

  • WTS Carpenter Scholarship to attend the STSA Annual Meeting
  • WTS Scholarship Program to attend the STS Annual Meeting
  • WTS Thistlethwaite Scholarship to attend the WTSA Annual Meeting
  • STS Looking to the Future Scholarship to attend the STS Annual Meeting
  • STSA Brooks Scholarship to attend the STSA Annual Meeting

A WTS/STS member will be assigned prior to the STS 58th Annual Meeting.


Congratulations to the 2020 WTS Scholarship Program Recipients!

Clara Angeles, NYMC Westchester Medical Center
Christina Costantino, Massachusetts General Hospital
Megan Evans, Indiana University
Katherina Fetten, Creighton University
Samantha Halpern, Duke University
Kendall Lawrence, New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell University
Danielle O’Hara, Stony Brook University
Shamini Parameswan, Yale New Haven Hospital
Kankanit (Connie) Thanapuasuwan, University of Michigan
Janani Vigneswaran, University of Chicago

Congratulations to the 2019 WTS Scholarship Program Recipients!

Geena Wu, University of Arizona
Marlena Sabatino, Rugers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Lilamarie Moko, Staten Island University Hospital
Monical Blundell, Ponce Health Sciences University
Ariana Goodman, University of Rochester
Lauren Salgueiro, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Sarah Clarke, University of Virginia
Young-Ji Seo, UCLA
Rosanne Thornhill, Loma Linda University
Emily Zurbuchen, University of Nebraska

Congratulations to the 2018 WTS Scholarship Program Recipients!

Emily Bond, University of Louisville
Anee Sophia Jackson, Medstar Georgetown University
Caitlin Demarest, Columbia University
Danielle Aronowitz, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
Kimberly Song, Rush University
Alicia Taase, University of Arizona
Anna Olds, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Megan Schultz, Alberta Einstein College of Medicine
Alyssa Mazurek, University of Michigan
Kortney Robinson, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Congratulations to the 2017 WTS Scholarship Program Recipients!

Jinny Ha, John Hopkins University
Sarah Hatch, Ohio State University
Lily Kuo, UT San Antonio
Xiaoying Lou, Emory University
Rebekah Macfie, Oregon University
Jessica Ruck, John Hopkins University
Brienne Ryan, Jacobs SUNY Buffalo University
Lori Soni, Columbia University,
Katherine Su, Indiana University
Barbara Williams, University of California
Shirley Yang, University of Michigan

Congratulations to the 2016 WTS Scholarship Program Recipients!

The WTS is pleased to announce the 2016 recipients of the Scholarship Program.

Jennifer Burg, OHSU
Betsy Colwell, Medical College of WI
Vicky Dhooge, University Hospital of Antwerp, Belgium
Catherine Gilbert, University of MI
Taylor Hodge, University of Louisville
Alcina Lidder, University of Rochester
Joyce Loh, University of MI
Jessica G.Y. Luc, University of Alberta
Emily Tibbits, UC Davis
Natalja Rosculet, University of MI

Congratulations to the 2015 WTS Scholarship Recipients!

Megan Loo, medical student at University of Southern California
Brandi Scully, General Surgery resident at Baylor
Christina Lineback, medical student at the University of Michigan
Heather Palomino, medical student at University of California, San Diego
Emi Manuia, medical student at Dartmouth
Sara Kim, General Surgery resident at University of North Carolina
Mansi Shah, General Surgery resident at University of North Carolina
Janani Arun, 4/3 Resident at Mayo
Julia Tolentino, medical student at Temple
Gal Levy, General Surgery resident
Sophie Hofferberth, General Surgery resident
Erin Schumer, General Surgery resident

Congratulations to the 2014 WTS Scholarship Recipients!

Navjit Dharampal, MD, University of Calgary
Christina Saikus, MD, Emory University
Kimberly Vogelsang, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Alison Ward, MD, New York University
Tessa Watt, University of Michigan

Congratulations to the 2013 WTS Scholarship Recipients!

Janet Edwards, University of Calgary
Natalie Gukasyan, Tulane University
Hyaehwan Kim, University of Utah
Gita Mody, Bringham and Women’s Hospital
Danielle Smith, Northwestern University
Jane Yanagawa, Kettering Cancer Center