Graduate Students Present Research While Honing Presentation Skills at Annual Event

Amanda Mather at symposium
Amanda Mather presents her research about the influence of catchment characteristics on event-based stream turbidity behavior.

03/19/14 Portland, Ore.

OHSU graduate students Cassandra Clark, Amanda Mather, Kelly Chacon, and postdoctoral fellow Christine Romano garnered top awards at this years research symposium put on by OHSU Institute of Environment Health.

The 8th annual research symposium was held for the first time on the OHSU Marquam Hill Campus in the BICC Gallery on March 14, 2014. The event showcased a wide range of research from 14 graduate students and four postdoctoral fellows.

“Our new location in the BICC Gallery was a much nicer venue for the research symposium,” said Karen Watanabe, Ph.D., IEH faculty member and coordinator of the event. “All the posters fit into one room with good traffic flow, which made it much easier for visitors to learn about the research being presented.”

The symposium is part of the educational experience students receive in the OHSU Institute of Environmental Health. Dr. Watanabe teaches a course that helps students improve their scientific communication skills including the creation and presentation of effective research posters. The symposium gives them an opportunity to apply what they learned to showcase their research.

The categories of presenters this year were master’s student, doctoral students, and postdoctoral fellow. Ten judges evaluated the student presentations based on the criteria of quality, clarity, organization, and the presenter’s ability to communicate the research.

“This year we also invited two alumni Kelley Barsanti and Vaish Sarathy to be part of our judging panel,” Watanabe said. “This provided the students with real world feedback from professionals working in the field of science.”

The winners in each category went to:

Cassandra Clark, Best Master’s Student Poster
Kelley Chacon & Amanda Mather, Best Doctoral Student Posters
Christine Romano, Best Postdoctoral Fellow Poster