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RSHS Students Win Awards at 2017 Graduate Student Research Symposium


Held annually each spring, the Graduate Student Research Symposium provides Duquesne University students the opportunity to share their research and other forms of scholarship with faculty, peers, and the local community.

The Symposium encourages students from all areas of study to engage in research opportunities early-on in their academic career.


Several RSHS students won awards:

Provost's Award for Best Oral Presentation
Hayley Stettner, Physician Assistant Studies
The Recognition of HPV Infection as a Risk Factor for Cardiovascular Disease in Men
Faculty Advisor: Kristin D'Acunto

Rangos School of Health Sciences Award for Undergraduate Research
Joanne Kinney, Speech-Language Pathology
Drawing conclusions on aphasia: An examination of the relationship between word retrieval, drawing and semantics
Faculty Advisor: Sarah Wallace


2016 Winners:

Office of the Provost - Best Formal Presentaiton and Rangos School of Health Sciences Award for Undergraduate Research
Julia Marn, Physician Assistant Studies
Blood Brain Barrier Integrity in a Murine Model of BCR-ABL Induced Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Faculty Advisor: Bridget Calhoun

Rangos School of Health Sciences Award for Undergraduate Research
Rachel Sweetnich - Physical Therapy
Relating Structure and Function: A Histological Characterization of the Human Piriformis Muscle
Faculty Advisor: Matt Kostek

Center for African Studies Award for Undergraduate Research
Molly Edward and Chase Ratliff - Occupational Therapy
Critical Perspectives on Occupational Therapy Practice in Resource-Scarce African Contexts
Faculty Advisor: Anne Marie Hansen

Gumberg Library Award for Undergraduate Research
Emily Nelson and Alyse DePaola - Athletic Training
The Effects of High Intensity Warmups on Athletes with Diagnosed Exercise Induced Asthma: A Critically Appraised Topic
Faculty Advisor: Sarah Manspeaker