Students Show Off Their Work During the 2017 Graduate Student Research Day

Release Date: April 13 2017

More than 200 judges, spectators, volunteers and poster presenters attended the 2017 Graduate Student Research Day on April 3 in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom.

Student competitors from all across campus brought posters showcasing their work and prepared short presentations for a series of volunteer judges called from faculty, administration and postdoc positions in every college. Competitors had the opportunity to win one of four monetary awards, and were also entered into a drawing for prizes like bluetooth speakers and a GoPro Hero camera. The winners were also invited to compete in the Statewide Graduate Research Symposium in Tampa on April 21.

Following a day of presentations, networking opportunities provided by the Career Resource Center's Melissa Lyon, a short video from UF President Fuchs, and keynotes by Dr. Julie E. Dodd (College of Journalism and Communications) and Dr. Alexander D. Sevilla (Heavener School of Business), two winners were chosen from both the STEM and Non-STEM categories. Our 2017 winners are:


1st Place: Abbi Hernandez
"The Ketogenic Diet as Therapeutic Strategy for Improving Motor and Cognitive Functioning in a Rodent Model of Senescence"

2nd Place: W. Alexander Fox-Alvarez
"Description of a Novel Technique for Gastric Decompression in Dogs Using an Iatrogenic Gastric Dilatation Model: Temporary Percutaneous Gastropexy and Continuous Decompressive Gastrostomy, Pilot Study and Early Clinical Use" 


1st Place: Jiahui Wang
"Instructor presence in mathematics instructional videos: Effects on learning, visual attention, and perceptions"

2nd Place: Amanda Kastrinos
"Print to Podium: How Uncertainty Clouded Newspapers’ Coverage of the Risks of the Zika Virus at the Olympic Games"

The UF Graduate School would like to congratulate the 2017 winners, and would also like to thank and congratulate the Organization for Graduate Student Advancement and Professional Development (OGAP) for their well-run day.

1st Place Non-STEM: Jiahui Wang

2nd Place Non-STEM: Amanda Kastrinos

1st Place STEM: Abbi Hernandez

2nd Place STEM: W. Alexander Fox-Alvarez

2017 GSRD OGAP Volunteers with Graduate School Dean Dr. Henry Frierson and OGAP Advisor Dr. Emilia Hodge