2014 Senior Scientific Session Winners

68th Annual Senior Scientific Awards

On May 22, 2014, members of the Class of 2014 participated in the 68th annual Senior Scientific Session. The event was founded in 1946 by Dr. Leon Jacobson to provide senior medical students with a forum to present their research. The event was chaired by Dr. Vinay Kumar, Chairman of the Department of Pathology. The following students were honored for their exceptional scholarly work.

The Franklin McLean Medical Student Research Award, granted to the non-PhD student who has performed the most meritorious research in the medical field

PhilipJennifer_0.jpgJennifer Philip

The Role of GRK2 and β-Arrestins in Maladaptive Post-Infarction Ventricular Remodeling

Faculty Mentor: Shahab A. Akhter, MD; University of Wisconsin, Department of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

The Medical & Biological Science Alumni Association Prize, for the best presentation made by a student in the area of Applied Scholarship

MottMelissa_0.jpgMelissa Mott, PhD

Medical Students as Hospice Volunteers: Reflections on an Early Experiential Training Program in End-of-Life Care Education

Faculty Mentor: Stacie Levine, MD; Department of Medicine

The Catherine Dobson Prize, for the best oral presentation given by a student in the area of Scientific Investigation in clinical or social sciences

KotwalAshwin.jpgAshwin Kotwal, MS

Colon Cancer Screening Behavior in a Nationally-Representative Sample of Married Couples: Do Spouses Influence Each Other?

Faculty Mentor: William Dale, MD, PhD; Department of Medicine

The Leon O. Jacobson Prize, granted to the MD/PhD student whose basic science research is judged to be the most meritorious from among session participants

DistlerMargaret.jpgMargaret Distler, PhD

The Glyoxalase System Regulates GABA-A Receptors and Anxiety

Faculty Mentor: Abraham Palmer, PhD; Department of Human Genetics

Leon O. Jacobson Basic Science Prize, for the best oral presentation given by a non-PhD student in the area of the basic biological sciences

VoceDavid.jpgDavid Voce

An NF-kB Dependent Gene Set Identifies the Long Non-Coding RNA, MALAT1, as a Novel Target for Use in Malignant Glioma

Faculty Mentor: Bakhtiar Yamini, MD; Department of Surgery

The Award for the Best Poster Describing Applied Science

KumarRupali.jpgRupali Kumar

GOTMeDS? Designing and Implementing an Interactive Module for Trainees on Reducing Drug Costs

Faculty Mentor: Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP; Department of Medicine

The Award for the Best Poster Describing Basic Scientific Investigation

ArnoldsDavid.jpgDavid Arnolds, PhD

TBX5 Drives Scn5a Expression to Regulate Cardiac Conduction System Function

Faculty Mentor: Ivan Moskowitz, MD, PhD; Departments of Pediatrics, Pathology, & Human Genetics

The Award for the Best Poster Describing Scientific Investigation in Clinical Research or Social Sciences

GarneauJonathan_0.jpgJonathan Garneau

Development of a Novel Tool for Measuring Upper Airway Inflammation

Faculty Mentor: Jayant Pinto, MD; Department of Surgery