Student Research Day takes on new format

Students from the School of Medicine participating in the annual Student Research Day coming up on April 19 will have some company this year with a change in format that will bring together students from each of the UMKC health sciences schools for a day-long Health Sciences Student Research Summit.

This year’s Summit will take place at three different sites on the Hospital Hill campus — the School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, and at the Health Sciences Building. Students from the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Biological Sciences will participate in research poster sessions at the different locations throughout the day, allowing faculty from each of the schools to participate and view the posters as their time allows.

“This is more representative of what it’s like to go to a poster presentation,” said Mark Hecker, Pharm.D., M.B.A., director of research administration. “It will be more like a scientific meeting that they would attend.”

Nelson Sabates, M.D., ’86, chair of ophthalmology, will be the event’s keynote speaker at 11 a.m. at the Health Sciences Building. Nearly 20 students from the School of Medicine have submitted abstracts and almost 100 students from the five schools combined are expected to participate.

The School of Medicine’s old Student Research Day format of students giving oral presentations of their research projects in front of a panel of judges in one the School’s theaters has evolved in the last two years to a format that more resembles scientific meetings sponsored by outside organizations.

Last year, Student Research Day at the School of Medicine included poster sessions in addition to the traditional oral presentations. This year, the oral presentations have been eliminated and the poster presentation have been expanded to include students from the other health science schools at the various venues.

Hecker said the response from students following last year’s event was that they liked the poster presentations. He said the new format this year also brings the different schools together in a collaborative effort rather than each school conducting its own student research event.

“Scientific research is more about collaboration,” Hecker said. “This way, we can have everyone do one event on the same day.”

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