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Nearly 50 Students Present Research Posters This Week

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By Karen Guin

Nearly 50 students from the College of Health and Public Affairs presented research posters during UCF's 2015 Research Week, held March 30 to April 2 on the Orlando campus.

Thirty students in master's and doctoral degree programs in the college presented posters at the annual Graduate Research Forum on March 31 in the Student Union's Pegasus Ballroom. Their areas of study included communication sciences and disorders, criminal justice, governance and policy, health services management, nonprofit management, physical therapy, public administration, public affairs, social work, and urban and regional planning.

Erika Nicsinger, a doctoral student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Track of UCF's Doctor of Philosophy in Education program, took second place in the "Education" poster competition for her presentation titled "Teaching Social Skills to Promote Community Inclusion and Independence."

For a list of graduate student participants from the college, see selected pages of the 2015 Graduate Research Forum program. For photos of several of these students at the forum, see

Nineteen undergraduate students made poster presentations at the annual Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence on April 2 in the Pegasus Ballroom. They represented programs in communication sciences and disorders, health professions, public administration and social work.

Sophia Luna-Webb, a communication sciences and disorders major, took third place in the "Health Sciences" poster competition for her presentation titled "Comparison of Acoustic Measures in Discriminating between Those with Friedreich's Ataxia and Neurologically Normal Peers."

For a list of all undergraduate participants, see the 2015 SURE program. For photos from the forum, see

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The health care informatics master's program at UCF really helped me connect with the industry, meet people at conferences and sit for the most-desired certification exams."
— Michael Neimann M.S. in health care informatics ('14)
My internship with the District 9 Medical Examiner’s Office was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I gained an excellent understanding of the medical examiner’s office and the criminal justice field in general."
— Adam Stubley B.S. in criminal justice, criminal profiling certificate ('11)
UCF provides its physical therapy students with an excellent education and prepares them to work in the most challenging of settings."
— Jamie Dyson Rehabilitation Supervisor, Orlando Regional Medical Center
UCF's program provided me the opportunity to expedite my student experience while attaining practical experience working within local health systems."
— Daniel Barr V.P. at National Children's Hospital; M.S. in health sciences, health services administration track ('04)
My master's education helped me see the big picture of the nonprofit industry. UCF showed me how to see the different fundraising tools within the Central Florida area."
— Krysti Griffith Executive Director of Growth from Grief; Master of Nonprofit Management ('12)
The course opened my eyes to grant writing ... I learned a great deal and you [Barbara Howell] are truly an excellent instructor."
— Deborah Reith Master of Public Administration student who secured a $10,000 federal grant through a course project; B.S. in criminal justice ('86)
The skills I learned during my time at UCF are what made my transition to law school so seamless."
— Jacqueline Iaquinta Touro Law Center student; B.S. in legal studies ('10)
As an inaugural graduate of the M.R.A. program at UCF, I can attest to the outstanding curriculum developed for research administrators. "
— April Heyward Post Award Services Coordinator, University of South Carolina; Master of Research Administration ('13)
It was at UCF that I first learned many of the skills that I’ve since honed, including mapping with GIS software - an ability I found invaluable to my search for internships, graduate-level coursework, and employment."
— Richard "Ben" Hagen Research and Communications Associate, New Economy Project, New York City; B.S. in public administration ('10)
I am excited to be able to give back to the program that invested so much in me. It is truly and honor and a privilege."
— Carlos Gual Instructor of Athletic Training; B.S. in athletic training ('09)
The faculty advisor [at my medical school] was amazed that I had the opportunity to truly participate in the full spectrum of research as an undergraduate. "
— Chase Cavayero, medical student at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicince, B.S. in health sciences - pre-clinical ('13) 
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