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AΩA SLU Student Research Forum

Started in 1966, each year the Alpha Omega Alpha SLU Student Research Forum provides medical students who have performed research with the opportunity to present their findings. All participants will present a poster on their research to faculty and fellow medical students.

The poster presentations will then be judged and winners selected. Two weeks later, 5-6 finalists will give short (15 minutes) talks before fellow students and faculty. Prize money is awarded for the best presentations. The first prizewinner is sent to the National Student Research Forum in Galveston, Texas to compete nationally for additional honors. Finally, participants will also be eligible for the Distinction in Research Award presented at commencement.

Student abstract submissions are typically due at the end of November, with the poster session occurring in mid-January and the final platform presentations occurring at the end of January.

Drs. Paul Hauptman (Dean for Clinical and Translational Research) and Joel Eissenberg (Associate Dean for Research) are Co-Organizers of the program.

Past Student Awardees at the SLU AOA Medical Student Research Forum

2018 Winners

1st Place: Alysia Johnson (“Perspectives on Reproductive Health Decision-Making Among Formerly Incarcerated Women: A Qualitative Study”)

2nd Place (tie): Samiksha Tarun (“Pre-Clinical Evaluation of Potency and Efficacy of Anti-CD33 and Anti-CD123 Chimeric Antigen Receptor Expressing T Cells for Treatment of Acute Myeloid Leukemia””) and Emily Cybulla (“Mechanisms of Replication Fork Rescue in BRCA1-Deficient Cancer Cells”). Ms. Cybulla was also a finalist last year

Honorable Mention: Caressa Hui, Amisha Patel and Nicole McLaughlin

2017 Winners

1st Place: Kevin Bockerstett (“Interleukin-17A Acts Directly on Gastric Epithelium and Promotes Atrophy and Metaplasia” under the guidance of Rich DiPaolo PhD)

2nd Place: Ariel Axelbaum (“A Mechanism by which Menopause Promotes Low-Grade Chronic Inflammation”, under the guidance of Rajeev Aurora, PhD)

3rd Place: Emily Cybulla (“Inflammatory Response in Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome: Implications for Normal Aging Progression”, under the guidance of Susana Gonzalo PhD)
Honorable Mention: Wint Yan Aung, Natalie Gaio and Taryn White.

2016 Winners

1st Place: Rebecca Rohde ("Assessing university students’ sexual risk behavior and knowledge of the human papillomavirus (HPV) and HPV vaccine")

2nd Place (tie): Amanda Waltos ("Evaluation of text messaging as an educational method to improve healthcare utilization") and Shiragi Patel ("Mucopolysaccharidosis IVA: Gene Expression Analysis of Extracellular Matrix in Mice")

Honorable Mention: Jahnavi Trivedi ("TcREG regulate osteoclastogenesis and osteoclast resorption activity through IFN? induced by T-bet and Eomesodermin") and Rusdeep Mundae ("Peripapillary Choroidal Thinning in Healthy and Glaucoma" Perry Xu "Investigating a thickened pituitary stalk in children: A retrospective review and prospective treatment paradigm")