The Office of Graduate Education in the College of Medicine hosted the 36th annual Graduate Student Research Forum Oct. 27, 2015. The forum brings together graduate students, postdoctoral students and faculty for a poster session, speaker and awards ceremony.
This year’s event drew 81 student poster presenters, as well as 56 faculty and postdoctoral judges to the CARE/Crawley Atrium for scientific discourse. Each student poster was scored by two different non-affiliated judges, and the scores were combined to determine the top presenters.
After the morning poster session, students and faculty enjoyed the event’s keynote speaker, Bruce McEwen, PhD, Alfred E. Mirsky Professor, the Rockefeller University. He presented the talk "Sex, Stress and the Brain: Hormone Actions over the Life Course via Novel Mechanisms.”
Graduate students in UC programs also received awards for their poster presentations.
Two first-place awards were given to Carolyn Rydyznski, immunology and Eric Smith, Cancer and Cell Biology and the MSTP Program. Second place was awarded to Nina Bertaux-Skeirik, systems biology and physiology, and third-place honors went to Marie Matrka, Cancer and Cell Biology. Four students were received honorable mentions: Vicky Gomez, molecular and developmental biology; Brittany Kopp, neuroscience; Amanda Stover, MPH in biostatistics, and Raghav Pandey, Cancer and Cell Biology.
Mark Baccei, PhD, associate professor in the Neuroscience Graduate Program, was awarded the Richard Akeson Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award.