Research event lets undergrads, grad students network

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By Misty Pocwierz-Gaines, Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center

On April 28, in conjunction with the Nebraska Science Festival, the UNMC Office of Recruitment and Student Engagement hosted the first undergraduate and graduate research poster presentation in the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center.

Thirty-eight undergraduates attended the event from eight college campuses across Nebraska, presenting research on a wide range of topics.

In addition to allowing undergraduates to highlight their research, the event introduced them to opportunities available at UNMC. A panel discussion with four graduate students — Brady Sillman (neuroscience), Opeoluwa “Ope” Oyewole (pathology), Tyler Kambis (genetics) and Krysten Vance (cancer research) — gave the undergraduates insight into the life of a graduate student at UNMC.

Another panel discussion, hosted by Bio Nebraska and its executive director, Phil Kozera, included Karin Gilgallon of Zoetis, Niraj Patel of Neogen and UNMC graduate Chris Connelly, Ph.D., of Streck. The panelists fielded questions from undergraduates and graduates about their careers and opportunities within their respective companies. The panelists also discussed the array of differences between working in industry and working in academia.

The afternoon session featured a poster presentation. Forty graduate students from across the spectrum of graduate studies presented posters and discussed their research with undergraduates.

“It was wonderful to witness these students’ enthusiasm for science,” said Pamela Carmines, Ph.D., executive associate dean of graduate studies. “The research presented was impressive and the students were well spoken and knowledgeable in their areas of study.”

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