PHHP Research Day 2015

The College of Public Health and Health Professions hosted its 28th annual Research Day on April 8, featuring 109 poster presentations by undergraduate and graduate students.

The event included an opportunity for students to see a mock National Institutes of Health study section review by PHHP faculty members who have served on funding agency study sections. Participants demonstrated how study sections review, approve and prioritize research proposals, followed by a discussion between panel members and the audience.

Students could also present a two-minute personal pitch on their work and receive feedback from a faculty panel and audience members to help fine tune their networking skills.

Donna J. Petersen, Sc.D., the senior associate vice president of USF Health and dean of the University of South Florida College of Public Health, presented the keynote address: “Framing the Future: Your Research Matters.”

Petersen publishes, lectures and provides technical assistance and training in the areas of needs assessment, program evaluation and systems development. She is emeritus editor of the Maternal and Child Health Journal, immediate past-president of the National Board of Public Health Examiners, chair of the Education Committee for the Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health, and incoming chair of the Council for Education in Public Health. She is leading ASPPH’s Framing the Future Task Force. Among her many honors, Petersen received Johns Hopkins University’s Distinguished Alumna Award in 2011.

2015 PHHP Research Day awardees

Names within each category appear in alphabetical order

Highest ranking abstract (tie) ($800 travel award)

Alison Barnard, department of physical therapy
Helena Chapman, department of environmental and global health
Dominique DuBose, department of physical therapy

Top Abstracts

Harneet Arora, department of physical therapy ($600 travel award)
Elizabeth Kacel, department of clinical and health psychology ($400 travel award)
Chukwuemeka Okafor, department of epidemiology ($600 travel award)
Thomas Alex Weppelmann, department of environmental and global health ($600 travel award)

Travel Awards ($300 award)

Alexandra Brandimore, department of speech, language, and hearing sciences
Genevieve Harris, department of speech, language, and hearing sciences
Yun Shen, department of epidemiology
Erin Trifilio, department of clinical and health psychology
Eliza Warren, department of clinical and health psychology

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