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RSHS Students Win Awards at 2018 Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Symposium


Held annually each spring, the Undergraduate Research & Scholarship 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 highly prestigious awards:

Center for the Catholic Faith and Culture
Center for Spiritan Studies

Lauren Hensler, Physician Assistant Studies
Addressing Dental Health Disparities through Community-Engaged Learning
Faculty Advisor: Bridget Calhoun, DrPH, PA-C

Honors College
Outstanding Poster

Christine DeAndrea, Physician Assistant Studies
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Health: An Ethical Approach to Non‐Biological Disparities in Health Care
Faculty Advisor: Bridget Calhoun, DrPH, PA-C

Office of Research
Video Competition Award

Alexis Papay, Physician Assistant Studies
Food Deserts in Pittsburgh
Faculty Advisor: Bridget Calhoun, DrPH, PA-C

Phi Kappa Phi

Tara Ferguson, Physician Assistant Studies
Documenting Knowledge and Disclosure of Medical Errors by Physician Assistants in Pennsylvania
Faculty Advisor: Bridget Calhoun, DrPH, PA-C

Rangos School of Health Sciences
Awards for Undergraduate Research

Ana Brandt - Physician Assistant Studies
Diversion of medications among college students enrolled in a faith‐based, private, urban university
Faculty Advisor: Bridget Calhoun, DrPH, PA-C

Mackenzie Rodgers, Caroline Agostino and Mary Rose Zoeckler - Occupational Therapy
A Comparison of Computerized and Paper and Pencil versions of the MoCA
Other Authors: Sarah Wallace, Ph.D., Richard Simpson, Ph.D., Alexander Kranjec, Ph.D., Kristin D'Acunto,
MPA, Elena Donoso Brown, Ph.D.
Faculty Advisor: Elena Donoso Brown, Ph.D.