Breakfast for lunch with Mackenzie Lemieux (WUSM Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon)

April 25, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Breakfast for lunch with Mackenzie Lemieux (WUSM Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon)

When : April 25th, 12:00-1:00PM

Where : Needleman Library (South Building 3907)


Mackenzie is a WUSM MD-PhD student who started WUSM Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon in 2022 to improve, revise and expand the visibility of women in science and medicine in Wikipedia. 

During this time, Mackenzie will talk about

  • Bias in STEM and how we use Wikipedia to address that bias
  • Short intro on why editing Wikipedia matters to increase the visibility of women in STEM

More about Mackenzie Lemieux

Mackenzie Lemieux is 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.