A student's reaction
"The forum was extremely worthwhile," said Jocelyn Herstein, a graduate student in the UNMC College of Public Health. "It allows students to present their research internationally - something I don't think most students have the opportunity to do. Not only does it look great on a CV, it also highlights the work that is being done at UNMC.
"UNMC is a global leader in my field, and many of these students/universities wouldn't know about the work that has been done and is currently happening on campus without this forum."
"The ISRF is an incredible event for students," said Keith Swarts, special assistant for international programs, international health and medical education for UNMC. "It gets them started in their research endeavors and exposes them to other budding researchers from around the world. It also is an excellent way for them to begin collaborating with other scientists. Our UNMC/UNO students make us proud every single year."
The mission of the International Student Research Forum is to provide an international stage for graduate students to collaborate beyond the boundaries of disciplines and borders. The forum aims to attract the world's brightest, upcoming scientists and provides an opportunity to showcase world-class education and cutting-edge research.
By building relationships with international colleagues at forums such as these, students are forging relationships that can positively yield scientific advances, which could affect countless people around the world, Swarts said.
Swarts and Jayme Nekuda, Ph.D., associate director, human resources, attended the ISRF and were responsible for the coordination of the UNMC delegation as well as assisting Griffith University in the organizational and educational actives associated with the forum. They have served as co-coordinators of the ISRF for UNMC since its inception.
Topics for this year's ISRF included molecular medicine and biology; epidemiology and public health; infectious diseases and immunology; neuroscience, biomedical imaging and natural sciences; and oncology.
UNMC students included Zijian Qin, Jocelyn Herstein, Shashank Shrishrimal, Jeffrey Moffat, Justin Grassmeyer, Krysten Vance, Richard Sleightholm and Rachel Utter. The UNO student was Matthew Martens.
UNMC has hosted the forum three times and has been considered the leader in the governing body for providing guidance for the forum. The organizational structure for UNMC's ISRF activities are conducted within the UNMC Department of International Health and Medicine.