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Doisy College Represented at Sigma Xi Research Symposium

Doisy College of Health Sciences had several students chosen from numerous applicants to compete in the annual Saint Louis University Sigma Xi Research Symposium. 

The Sigma Xi Research Society is an honor society that was founded in 1886. The society has over 500 chapters worldwide — the SLU Chapter has been in existence since 1944.

At the annual research symposium, undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty from the areas of math, social and behavioral sciences, physical science, biological and life sciences, and engineering present their research for a group of more than 30 judges. After the judges convene, awards are given to the best research in three categories. There is both an undergraduate and graduate division, for a total of six awards.

The DCHS students participating in this year's Sigma Xi Research Symposium include:

• Temitope Adeyeni, Master of Science in Health Sciences
• Jeffrey Allison, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
• Arjun Kaverimanian, Bachelor of Science in Investigative and Medical Science
• Natasha Khatwani, Bachelor of Science in Investigative and Medical Science
• Tommy Lucas, Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics
• Kathryn Murden, Bachelor of Science in Investigative and Medical Science
• KayKay San, Bachelor of Science in Investigative and Medical Science

Jeffrey Allison, a senior in the health sciences program, presented his team's research on pain management. He said he was excited to have the chance to examine pain in a different way.

"Our research was less about the physiological aspect of pain and more about the sociological implications," said Allison. "It gets me thinking of how I would react in certain situations if I were a physician."

The program also included a panel discussion on efforts being made to positively promote equity in the sciences.

This year's panel members included: Dr. Thomas Cecil, Professor Emeritus - Biomedical Engineering; Dr. Donald Lawrence, Post-Doctoral Fellow - Pathology; Dr. Laurie Shornick, Associate Professor - Biology; Dr. Jonathan Smith, Assistant Professor and Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Community Engagement; and Dr. Robert Woods, Professor - Biology.

2016 Sigma Xi Research Symposium Program