GSA hosted the 37th GRC and it was GREAT!
by Amber Mueller
On March 9, 2015, the GSA hosted the 37th annual Graduate Research Conference (GRC) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. This conference offers student researchers the opportunity to present their discoveries to a diverse audience. Our unique combination of research across various professional schools and disciplines allows basic scientists, informaticists, social scientists, nurses, and policy researchers to intermingle and discuss their research in an interdisciplinary setting.
This year we received abstracts from over sixty students and postdoctoral fellows in a wide range of studies for 3 oral and 5 poster presentation sessions. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Nathaniel Comfort of Johns Hopkins University Institute of the History of Medicine, gave an interesting talk entitled "Our Genomes...Ourselves? Genetics, eugenics, and human identity". He captivatingly introduced the study of genetics in a unique historical context and addressed issues of racial discrimination and eugenic implications that researchers should be wary of in the future.
For the second time, the GSA held a candidacy ceremony to acknowledge those PhD students who have successfully passed their qualifying exams and have advanced to candidacy in their programs. Senior student, Christina Ross gave a rousing speech to new candidates congratulating them on becoming "part of the club" that is candidacy. Each candidate thanked their mentor and described their research focus to their peers, coordinators, and faculty devotees. The GSA awarded 8 session awards to the top scoring individuals in each session: Bre-Onna DeLaine, Angela Nguyen, Haley Simpson, Thao Tran, Aimee Cunningham, Kara Moser, Christina Perry, and Alexandria Reinhart. Further, the Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research Program (GGEAR) recognized 2 individuals for their extraordinary research on aging: Adam Fisch and Laura Bozzi.
The event concluded with a well-attended social hour and reception in the SMC Campus Center. On behalf of the GSA we would like to thank all of the students, judges, volunteers, and attendees for participating in this years' GRC! We had a blast and will be happy to see this conference continue to grow and inspire in years to come!