Students Present at Symposium

May 26, 2011

GSO Secretary Ximena Paez presents her poster to Assistant Professor Dr. Robert Alaniz.

(BRYAN, TX) — Sixty-one Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) students presented their scholarly research on Friday, May 6 as part of the 16th Annual Graduate Student Organization (GSO) Student Research Symposium at the Health Professions Education Building on the TAMHSC Bryan campus.

By providing students an opportunity to showcase scholarly research in a collaborative, peer-reviewed structure, the Graduate Research Symposium is the only event of its kind that emphasizes a professional approach to the science behind medicine across all TAMHSC components.

Oral presentations at the 2011 Graduate Research Symposium.

“It’s very exciting that we have the opportunity to host the Symposium at the new Bryan campus,” said Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Studies Van G. Wilson, Ph.D.  “This is also an entirely student-run program that gives a varied group of students a chance to present their work to an academic audience.  Ultimately, the collaboration between schools, colleges and components provides the intellectual stimulation so vital to our research endeavors.”

A diverse group of graduate, post-doctoral, medical, dental, pharmacy and public health students, residents and one undergraduate student submitted abstracts of their research, and 10 presented their research to the attendees throughout the day.  The remaining students displayed posters of their work.

Thirty-seven participants were from the School of Graduate Studies, including 22 graduate students from the College of Medicine, eight from the School of Rural Public Health in College Station, three each from the College of Pharmacy in Kingsville and the Institute for Biosciences and Technology in Houston, and one from the Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas.

This year for the first time, medical students from the College of Medicine, 14 in all, were given their own poster category in which to compete.

After a day of of oral and poster presentations, students gather before the award ceremony.

The students’ posters and presentations included clinical research on cellular therapy for cancer, surgical methods, community health, pharmacology, molecular bases of diseases and pathogenesis, among other topics from across the TAMHSC.

Award winners in the following categories include:

Oral Competition

1st place: Janeu Houston (IBT)
2nd Place: Vaidehi Agrawal (COM)
3rd Place: Chunfang Gu (IBT)

Medical Student Poster Competition

1st Place: Jeff Burkeen
2nd Place: Tony Lu
3rd Place: Kyle Mueller

Junior Graduate Poster Competition



1st Place: Kelly Churion (COM)
2nd Place: Jui Dave (COM)
3rd Place: Megan Morales (SRPH)

Senior Graduate Poster Competition

1st Place: Lesley Gardiner (COM)
2nd Place: Christi Parham (COM)
3rd Place: Heather Clark (SRPH)

Farida Sohrabji, Ph.D., Professor of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics, was recognized with the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award.

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