|From left are, Dina Helina, Katie Yoder and Chris Kirchgesner. Submitted photo|
Out of hundreds of abstracts submitted from across North America, six students from Saint Louis University were chosen to attend the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) annual meeting June 8-12 in Vancouver, Canada. Three of those students took home top awards for projects researching methods to increase safety for patients.
Students presented papers to professionals and peers in their fields related to research they had completed over the course of the year, which were judged by a panel of professionals and academics.
"Vancouver was an amazing experience and I am so glad I was able to go," said Helina. Yoder, Helina and Kirchgesner traveled with three other SLU students and shared costs to make sure everyone was able to attend.
The students' faculty mentors were William Hubble; Medhat Osman, M.D., Ph.D.; Crystal Botkin; Austin Turner; and Debra Hewing. Each student practiced presenting their findings in fewer than five minutes to be ready for the conference in front of faculty and friends and received feedback to be ready for the judges' panel.
This is not the first time students have attended the SNMMI annual meeting; SLU students have submitted presented more than 45 abstracts since 2006, when the department began its undergraduate research program.
Next year's SNMMI annual meeting will be June 7-11 in St. Louis.