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

The inaugural UWM Health Research Symposium, held on May 5th in the Union Ballroom, was a great success! Graduate and undergraduate students from the College of Health Sciences, the College of Nursing, the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health, and the department of psychology in the College of Letters & Science, showcased their research projects in a public setting before their peers, professors, and the community, some for the very first time.

Podium presenters (from left): Martin Mikell, Omid Jahanian, Linda Wesp, Gabriel Serafin, Anna Luterbach, Kristi Lenz, Katherine Reichel, Noelle Serketich, Gretchen Natter, Yiqing Zhao, Elise Olson, and Rachel Lecher.

Dr. Emily Rogalski, Associate Professor and Director of Neuroimaging for the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, shared her important research on Primary Progressive Aphasia and SuperAging.

The symposium highlighted the current research of both graduate and undergraduate students. There were 38 posters representing the work of over 60 students and their faculty/staff mentors.

Eight 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

Linda Wesp, Nursing
“Don’t Dehumanize Me”: Recommendations from Transgender or Gender Non-Conforming Youth for Health Care Providers
Faculty Sponsor: Peninnah Kako

2nd place

Gabriel Serafin, Kinesiology
“Fat People Exercise Too!” The Perceptions and Experiences of Women Shopping for Plus-Size Exercise Apparel
Faculty Sponsor: Christy Greenleaf

3rd place

Omid Jahanian, Occupational Science & Technology
Evaluation of Passive and Active Orthoses for Lofstrand Crutch-Assisted Gait
Faculty Sponsor: Brooke Slavens

From left: Gabriel Serafin, Linda Wesp, and Omid Jahanian

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!