Research Day to
spotlight student medical research
diabetes, cancer and more featured at OU-HCOM’s
By Nick Piotrowicz
Sept. 15, 2009
management, glycemic index control, and
biomarkers for ovarian cancer are a few of many
topics to be highlighted at the eighth annual
Research Day of the Ohio University Heritage College of
Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM).
which will be held Friday, September 18 from 11
a.m. to 1 p.m. in Irvine Hall, will showcase 43
posters featuring research by OU-HCOM and other
OHIO students working with OU-HCOM faculty.
Research Day gives student presenters an
opportunity to gain invaluable experience
conducting research and presenting it to a panel
go on to national conventions; several students
have even won awards at national conventions,”
says Jessica Wingett, Research Day
coordinator and accounting specialist in
OU-HCOM’s Office of Research and Grants.
will be judged by the panel based on
professionalism, clarity of the presentation,
ability to answer questions and the readability
and visual impact of posters.
be judged in two categories of research—clinical
and basic science—with a $200 prize awarded to
the winner of each group. Presenters must win
over judges during 15-minute time-slots, during
which they showcase their findings for the first
ten minutes and answer judges’ questions for the
take place on Thursday evening, before Friday’s
event, which is open to the public.
represents the fruition of many hours—often well
over 400—of work for students and faculty who
“I can’t speak
for everyone, but students in RSAF (the Research
and Scholarly Advancement Fellowship at OU-HCOM)
work for 40 hours a week for ten weeks, and
another 20 plus hours completing their paper and
poster,” Wingett says. “These are very
are just starting to delve into the exhaustive
process of research, Wingett said. From Research
Day, students hope to go on to bigger things.
“The goal is to
disseminate these projects to a state or even
national level,” Wingett says. “This is only the
beginning of what OU-HCOM students can do.”