by Kevin Sanders
The success of the
college’s Research Day on Sept. 21 was demonstrated by its
growth. The sixth annual Research Day featured 54 poster
presentations — eight more posters than last year. Forty-one
students participated in the 30 student projects; 24 posters
were by faculty.
Also this year, the
Office of Research and Grants created a new student summer
research program, the Early Research Experience Fellowship,
which added to the number of students who presented posters on
This year, there
were 18 student clinical posters, up from 12 last year. There
were 12 basic science posters, up from eight last year.
Students participating in the Research and Scholarly Advancement
Fellowship and Early Research Experience Fellowship programs
contributed 10 clinical posters. Nine of the 12 basic science
posters resulted from student participation in these programs.
“Research Day this
year was the biggest and best yet,” said R.V. Balaji, M.B.A.,
grants development coordinator for the Office of Research and
“Most of the medical
schools are moving in the direction of having more of their
students’ time invested in research. The environment we are
creating here allows students and faculty to brainstorm and
collaborate in research efforts. That’s great.”
projects were Michael Gerardo, D.O. (’01), M.P.H.; Stevan
Walkowski, D.O. (’89); Mitchell Silver, D.O. (’89); Jane
Hamel-Lambert, M.B.A., Ph.D.; and Leonard Calabrese, D.O. Basic
science judges were Mark Berryman, Ph.D.; Audrone Biknevicius,
Ph.D.; Ken Goodrum, Ph.D.; and Susan Williams, Ph.D.
Two awards were
given for the top clinical posters: