Loyola Undergrads Present Research at Stritch School of Medicine
On October 24th, thirty Loyola undergrads boarded a bus along with some graduate and faculty mentors and headed to the Stritch School of Medicine on Loyola's Maywood campus. The students carried large, rolled-up research posters in plastic sleeves. Those who had presented at research conferences before offered last-minute pointers to those presenting for the first time.
The students had been accepted to Stritch's St. Albert's Day Research Conference, the first time such a large number of undergrads had been accepted to present at the conference for health-related research. Those twenty-six undergrads joined over 300 presenters from the graduate school, the Stritch School of Medicine, and other area institutions.
After they arrived at Strich, the students checked in, received their name tags, and began to set up their posters, which took up one room at the conference. Some reviewed their posters, preparing for their presentation. Others took the time to view each other's posters.
The first session began at 4 pm. Since the undergrads were all slated to present during the second session at 5:15, they visited other rooms and listened to health-related research presentations from medical students and other graduate students. Along with judges carrying clipboards and doctors in white lab coats, the students visited the poster presentations, which fit tightly onto two floors of the medical school.
After a brief reception during which several students met with a colleague who graduated last spring and is currently a first-year student at Stritch, the second session began. The students delivered their research presentations to doctors, med students, and others, discussing the work they had done with their colleague and mentors. Judges with clipboards evaluated each presentation.
When it was over, the students rolled up their posters while continuing to talk about their projects with each other, and walked out to the bus to head back to the lakeshore campus.
Congratulations to Neil Kuehnle, whose poster presentation the judges named best presentation from the lakeshore campus.
This experience was made possible by Kate Peterson at the Stritch School of Medicine, Dr. Bob Morrison who recruited undergraduates to attend, and Dean Samuel Attoh in the Graduate School, which provided the bus for transportation.
Below is a list of the undergraduates who presented at St. Albert's Day.
Mark Brayne and Jake Kola
Ryan Brisson and Amanda Sweis
Dana Dahhan and Cheyenne Frosti
Bianca Wells and Natalie Mandel