• Dr. Frances Weaver at a podium
    Keynote speaker, Dr. Frances Weaver.

Research and scholarship are creative works of the imagination that provide a platform from which original thought and communication can take place.

The second annual UWM Health Research Symposium, held on May 4th in the Union Ballroom, was a great success!

Dr. Frances Weaver, Professor in the Public Health Sciences Division, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University, shared her important research on changing care in Health Services Research and the Veterans Health Administration.

Graduate and undergraduate students UWM health related programs also showcased their research projects in a public setting before their peers, professors, and the community, some for the very first time. There were 66 posters representing the work of over 80 students and their faculty/staff mentors.

Ten students were selected to present their research projects to the faculty, staff, and students in attendance. Their oral presentations were evaluated by a panel of judges, who ranked the presentations based on the potential contribution of the research to the scientific literature, and the clarity of the purpose, research methodology, analyses, results, quality of thought and writing.

The students whose oral presentations and research were among the top three in the judges’ rankings received monetary awards.

Congratulations to the winners!

1st place

Rose Hennessy, UWM Zilber School of Public Health
“A Unified Model to Prevent Sexual Aggression on Campus”
Faculty Sponsor: Paul Florsheim, PhD

2nd place

Tajammal Yasin, UWM Helen Bader School of Social Welfare
“Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Sexual Initiation and Pregnancies in a Diverse, Low-income Sample: Findings from the Families and Children Thriving Study”
Faculty Sponsor: Joshua Mersky, PhD

3rd place

Kade Lenz, UWM Zilber School of Public Health
“Anabaenopeptins and cyanopeptolins induce systemic toxic effects in a model organism the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans”
Faculty Sponsor: Hongbo Ma, PhD

It is an honor to be a part of your research journey. May your discoveries enrich the lives of those in our communities and the world!