|Constance Mietus, left, receives her award from Pamela Carmines, Ph.D.|
In addition to allowing undergraduates to highlight their research, the event introduced them to opportunities available at UNMC. A panel discussion with four graduate students -- Brady Sillman (neuroscience), Opeoluwa "Ope" Oyewole (pathology), Tyler Kambis (genetics) and Krysten Vance (cancer research) -- gave the undergraduates insight into the life of a graduate student at UNMC.
Another panel discussion, hosted by Bio Nebraska and its executive director, Phil Kozera, included Karin Gilgallon of Zoetis, Niraj Patel of Neogen and UNMC graduate Chris Connelly, Ph.D., of Streck. The panelists fielded questions from undergraduates and graduates about their careers and opportunities within their respective companies. The panelists also discussed the array of differences between working in industry and working in academia.
|Alex Wiesman, left, receives his award from Pamela Carmines, Ph.D.|
"It was wonderful to witness these students' enthusiasm for science," said Pamela Carmines, Ph.D., executive associate dean of graduate studies. "The research presented was impressive and the students were well spoken and knowledgeable in their areas of study.
"I think the event was enlightening for some of the undergraduates who became more aware of the scope of opportunities available to them because they completed a research project -- regardless of the nature of the project," Dr. Carmines said. "Experience with the process of research, such as applying the scientific method and developing creative and critical thinking skills, is the key takeaway from undergraduate research."
Prizes were awarded to graduate students in the categories of clinically relevant and non-clinically relevant research. The top prize in each category was $500 and a $1,500 travel award, donated by Bio Nebraska.
The winners were in the non-clinically relevant category:
- First: Constance Mietus, M.D./Ph.D. program
- Second: Daniel Mitteer, Applied Behavior Analysis
- Third: Jaime Larson, UNMC College of Public Health
The winners in the clinically relevant category were:
- First: Alex Wiesman, neuroscience
- Second: Shashank Shrishrimal, biochemistry and molecular biology
- Third: Justin Grassmeyer, M.D./Ph.D. and pharmacology and experimental neuroscience
In the undergraduate competition, awardees were:
- First: Connor Diaz, Creighton University, for a poster "Hydrogel template for guided tissue engineering of shoulder tendon." (Diaz won a cash prize and admission into the Summer Undergraduate Research Program.)
- Second: Quinn Nelson, University of Nebraska at Omaha, for a poster titled "Probing RNA Structure in the 5' Untranslated Region of Coxsackievirus B3 Genomic RNA."
- Third: Del De Souza, UNO, for a poster titled "Effects of atrazine and a simulated herbicide mixture on two North American sentinel species, the northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens) and the fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas)."