The Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapeutics located in the Doisy College of Health Sciences is proud to announce that five students received $5,000 undergraduate travel awards and two received $2,000 graduate research travel awards from the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging - Technologist Section. The research awards will help cover the student’s expenses to present their scientific research at the 61st Annual SNMMI Conference held in St. Louis, Missouri on June 7-11, 2014.
The undergraduate awardees are Emily Daugherty, Ann Havrilla, Areti Marko, Christine Van Alstine and Chloee Wendorf. The graduate awardees are Harsh Gandhi and Lejla Sarajlic, both of whom are enrolled in the Master of Science Program in Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics.
Award-winning undergraduate student research in the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapeutics is an outcome from a research initiative that began at Saint Louis University in 2004. This is the first year that graduate students from the new Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics Program have participated and received research travel awards. All students in the Department perform their research under the guidance and direction of MIRT faculty.
"It is wonderful that our students are being recognized for conducting meaningful undergraduate and graduate research in the imaging and therapeutic sciences," said Bill Hubble, Department Chairman and Nuclear Medicine Technology Program Director. "I congratulate our students and faculty for their commitment and dedication to maintaining our reputation for producing high quality research in the radiology sciences."
In 2013, Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapeutics students received several awards for their research, including 1st and 2nd place in presenting their scientific abstracts in the student technologist category. MIRT students have received more than $41,000.00 in monetary research awards over the past seven years. They have created scholarly works and peer-reviewed journal articles that have contributed to the advancement of the medical imaging and radiation therapy professions.