Research Day

Medical Student Research Day is an annual event held each spring providing an opportunity for students to present posters showcasing their research efforts and compete for awards ranging from $300 – $1000.

The 2016 Medical Student Research Day, combined with the College of Medicine Celebration of Research, was held on February 27, 2017 at the O’Connell Center and was a great success.

To find out information about the next Celebration of Research Day event click here

Congratulations to the 2017 award recipients:

  1. The Alpha Omega Alpha Award in the amount of $1000: 

  • Carleigh Bruce (Class of 2019),  “Severity of diabetic retinopathy is not related to hemoglobin A1c in mitochondrial haplogroup UK” – Mentor, David Samuels, Ph.D. and Milam Brantley Jr., M.D., Ph.D., at Vanderbilt University, School of Medicine, UF faculty sponsor Sonal Tuli, M.D., Ophthalmology


  1. The Lawrence M. Goodman Trust Award in the amount of $500:

  • Stephanie Socias, (Class of 2019) “A predictive algorithm for the administration of novel therapeutic cancer agents” – Mentor, Brent Reynolds, Ph.D., Neurosurgery


  1. The Lawrence M. Goodman Trust Award in the amount of $400:

  •  Kartik Motwani, (Class of 2019), “Chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy of differentiated thyroid cancer” – Mentor, Christopher Wendler, Ph.D., Pediatrics and Scott Rivkees, M.D., Pediatrics


  1. The Lawrence M. Goodman Trust Award in the amount of $300:

    (tied for 4th place, both recipients will receive the $300 prize)

  •  Laura Bochner, (Class of 2019), “Dosimetric comparison of breast boost contribution to composite breast dose in the setting of oncoplastic reconstruction. ” – Mentor, Julie Bradley, M.D., Radiation Oncology
  •  Jordan Reasor, (Class of 2019), “Age-related object discrimination deficits are associated with lateral entorhinal cortical dysfunction” – Mentor, Sarah Nicole Burke, Ph.D. Neuroscience

We also had several semi-finalists we would also like to recognize. We have not ranked the semi-finalists.

  • Arelys Zamora, Class of 2019, “The temporospatial role of microcirculatory dysfunction in the prediction of ischemia or infarction in patients with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhages”, Mentor, Sylvain Dore, Ph.D., FAHA, Anesthesiology
  • Allison Good, Class of 2019, “Callosal disconnection neglect: Reassessment after 34 years”, Mentor, Kenneth Heilman, M.D., Neurology
  • Babatunde Carew, Class of 2019, “Frequency of Vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency in kidney stone formers: Comparison between pre/post-menopausal women and male cohorts”, Mentor, Victoria Bird, M.D., Urology
  • Aisha Elfasi, Class of 2019, “Confirmation of a large tandem duplication in Dystrophin”, Mentor, Peter Kang, M.D., Pediatric Neurology
  • Gwendolyn Gillies, Class of 2019, “Dandy-Walker malformation: Pathological analysis of the “tail sign”, a potential fourth diagnostic characteristic”, Mentor, Lucia Notterpek, Ph.D., Neuroscience
  • Mason Henehan, Class of 2019, “Activation of Protease-Activated Receptor 2 leads to impairment of keratinocyte differentiation and tight junction integrity”, Mentor, Anna De Benedetto, M.D., Dermatology
  • John Mayfield, Class of 2019, “Bursting the balloon: Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) without pre-balloon valvuloplasty”, Mentor, Thomas Beaver, M.D., Ph.D., Surgery
  • Kimberly Triplett, Class of 2019, “Opioid use in pregnancy: a retrospective review of the incidence, in-hospital length of stay, and the costs associated with treating neonatal abstinence syndrome.”, Mentor, Dikea (Kay) Roussos-Ross, M.D., Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Cyra Cottrell, Class of 2019, “Uterine Fibroids: Clinical impact, current medical and surgical therapies and the potential role of insulin like growth factor binding protein 5 (IGF-BP5)”, Mentor, Gregory Christman, M.D., Obstetrics and Gynecology
  •  Dustin Anderson-Terhune, Class of 2019,“RACE to the most appropriate stroke center: Can prehospital personnel appropriately use RACE scores to identify Large Vessel Occlusion (LOV) strokes?”, Mentor, Christine Van Dillen, M.D., Emergency Medicine

Student Information for Research Day:

Abstracts are due no later than January 8, 2018 (date subject to change) and should be submitted at the following link: not available yet.

Summer 2018 MSRP Students – please also submit your abstract to:



UF Poster Template 56 x 34 WHITE

​Poster Boards are 4’tall & 6’wide.  Posters should be ~ 56 x 34.

Poster Printing available on Campus: (there is no requirement on who you choose to print your poster)

1.  Architecture Computer Lab: 352-392-1009Located on 1st floor of the Architecture Bldg, room 118 on Inner Rd.; Open 24/7; Cost is ~$3.00 per foot

2.  Academic Technology Printing Services: Located in the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Building Ground Floor, Rm. 211 (Behind the Hub); Open Sun.-Mon. until Midnight; Cost is ~$3.00 per foot

3.   UF Document Services: 392-1134 or email: Located on the Ground Floor of the MSB Bldg. at the HSC Post Office; Open M-F 8:00-5:00; Cost is ~$50.​

Research Day Winners and Photos

2016 Award Recipients:

  • The Alpha Omega Alpha Award in the amount of $1000:

    Martin Wegman (MD/PhD), “Differences in drug relapse rates between alternative rehabilitation programs in Malaysia” – Mentor, Frederick Altice

  • The Lawrence M. Goodman Trust Award in the amount of $500:

    Hassan Ashraf (Class of 2018), “Decellularized embryonic hearts to investigate congenital heart disease” – Mentor, Hideko Kasahara

  • The Lawrence M. Goodman Trust Award in the amount of $400:

    James Fleming (Class of 2018), “AAV9 gene transfer rescued heart failure of cardiac myosin light chain kinase knockout mice” – Mentor, Hideko Kasahara

  • The Lawrence M. Goodman Trust Award in the amount of $300:

    Cris Min, (Class of 2018), “Significant impact of fibroproliferative microenvironments in orthopaedic combat blast induced heterotopic ossification” – Mentor, Youngmi Ji

    Kelly Costopoulos, (Class of 2018), “Retrospective assessment of coarctation of aorta repair in a tertiary pediatric cardiac center” – Mentor, Mark Bleiweis

2014 Research Day Photos

(Photos by Charles Poulton)

2014 Award Recipients:

  • AOA Research Award – $1000: Amanda Sacino, Class of 2016

Mentor: Dr. Ku-Lang Chang, Community Health and Family Medicine

Abstract Title: “Patient intake triage versus linear intake at UF Equal Access Clinics”

  • Lawrence M. Goodman Trust Award – $500: Jodi-Anne Wallace, Class of 2016

Mentor: Dr. Robert Cook, Epidemiology

Abstract Title: “Prevalence of depression and association with ER visits among HIV Patients in a developing Florida cohort”

  • Lawrence M. Goodman Trust Award – $400: Peter Cai, Class of 2016

Mentor: Dr. Sylvain Dore, Anesthesiology

Abstract Title: “The Serine Protease Cathepsin G is Detrimental in Low Reperfusion Subset of Ischemic Stroke”

  • Lawrence M. Goodman Trust Award – $300: Samuel Lipten, Class of 2016

Mentor: Dr. Lou Ann Cooper, Office of Program Evaluation

Abstract Title: “Use of 3rd Party Internet Videos by Preclinical Medical Students”

  • Lawrence M. Goodman Trust Award – $300: Jaclyn Smith, Class of 2016

Mentor: Dr. Ashley Lentz, Plastic Surgery

Abstract Title: “’Antibiotic Use in Cleft Lip Repair”

Past Research Day Photos and Winners