Professional Development Event
Improving the Visibility of Women in STEM
24 August 2022 • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM PDT | Marriott Marquis, Marina Ballroom F/G 
Open to all attendees.

Join in this thought-provoking presentation hosted by SPIE Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion. Stick around to share your ideas with other community members during the reception.


Mackenzie Lemieuxis a MD-PhD student at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis where she is pursuing her medical degree as well as a PhD in neuroscience and immunology. She completed her undergraduate degree in biological sciences with a distinction in research at Cornell University. Mackenzie was a research assistant in the lab of Dr. Kay Tye at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies where she studied the neural circuits underlying social behavior and reward learning.

While at MIT and Salk, Mackenzie hosted a seminar series highlighting the barriers and the accomplishments of women in science and medicine. Hoping to make a more tangible impact, Mackenzie started writing Wikipedia biographies of women in STEM to increase their visibility online. Mackenzie wrote one Wikipedia page per day for 100 days highlighting women in STEM. She has hosted Wikipedia Edit-a-Thons teaching her community how to edit Wikipedia and inspiring them to improve the visibility of women and combat the gender and racial biases that exist in STEM.

Mackenzie focuses her time outside of medical school on research surrounding gender and racial bias on Wikipedia and leads a seminar series at Washington University focused on anti-racism and social justice in medicine and science.