More than 100 faculty, students, and alumni attended ATSU-ASHS’s Inaugural Research Symposium at the Arizona campus on Nov. 6. Several years of discussions, hard work, and planning allowed the school to hold the event, which showcased interdisciplinary research efforts within ATSU.
The day included a continental breakfast; opening remarks from Randy Danielsen, Ph.D., PA-C, dean of ATSU-ASHS; student oral presentations; a keynote speech by Pat McKeon, Ph.D., ATC, ’01; poster presentations; and an award ceremony and closing remarks from ATSU President Jack Magruder.
“Having Dr. Magruder present made us very proud, and showed the university’s support and commitment to the promotion of scholarship and interdisciplinary efforts,” said Pamela Bosch, PT, Ph.D., chair, physical therapy.
Student presenters included Matthew D. Kuehl, M.S., ATC, PES, ’09; Derek Bunker, M.S., CSCS, ’08; Dana Stumpp, OTS, ’10; Tiffany Reyes Nall, D.P.T., ’09; and Troy Hale, Au.D, ’08. The students were chosen by their program faculty members using guidelines such as having their work accepted for state or national meetings and/or having their work published.
The presentations were judged, and each student was awarded a plaque. Hale was recognized as this year’s winner and received a check for $400. Certificates were also given to the 15 students who participated in the poster presentations, which ranged from “Perceived Stress and General Health of Student and Practicing Nurses Internationally” to “A Comparison of Health-Related Quality of Life Between Male and Female Adolescent Athletes.”
“I was so impressed with all the student research presentations at the symposium,” Dr. Danielsen said. “This is a watershed moment for ASHS and certainly for the university as we expand our opportunities for student research.”