CNHS Undergraduate Research Symposium

Undergraduate Research Celebration Week

The CNHS Undergraduate Research Symposium provides an opportunity for students within the College of Natural and Health Sciences to present their current or recently completed research projects in a poster format. Research projects that are in progress or in the early stages of development are also encouraged. The research may have been performed as part of a course, an Honors Research Fellowship or an independent project conducted with a faculty mentor. The symposium will provide participants with outstanding preparation for graduate or professional school and future presentations, and will foster greater awareness of undergraduate research within the college.

The CNHS Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held on April 25, 2014. All participants are required to register by April 11.

  •  The Keynote Presentation will be held in Sykes Room 131 from 2-3 p.m.
  •  Poster presentations will be held in Fletcher Lounge in Plant Hall from 3-5 p.m.
    • The abstract booklet is available here.

Poster presentation

All participants will be eligible for an award for best poster presentation.

All participants will be eligible for an award for best poster presentation. The posters will be judged by faculty based on the following criteria:

  1. Clear focus or central research question
  2. Sound research methodology
  3. Clear presentation of results/product/performance or expected outcome and ability to answer questions
  4. Progress on the project to date
  5. Contribution to the field or discussion of potential impact

Suggested presentation guidelines
The purpose of the poster should be to engage audience members in a discussion of the research. It is recommended that the poster include a limited amount of text with the majority of the poster space be dedicated to graphics (graphs, photographs, schematics, maps, etc.).  The poster should be no larger than 3 feet tall by 4 feet wide. Posterboard and pushpins will be provided to mount the posters.

Keynote Seminar

From the Outside Looking In: Transitions in Medical Research. Summer Decker, Ph.D.

2014 Keynote Speaker

Summer Decker, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
College of Medicine Radiology
Director of Imaging Research
Morsani College of Medicine
University of South Florida

From the Outside Looking In: Transitions in Medical Research

Computed virtual models and rapid prototypes of anatomical structures are proving to be of increasing value in clinical medicine, education and research. With a variety of fields focused on human and non-human morphology, there is a need for accurate anatomical models. Recent technological advancements in computer and medical imaging technologies have provided the tools necessary to develop three-dimensional (3D) functional models of anatomy for use in medicine (surgical planning and education), biological research and engineering (computer-aided design (CAD) and finite element analysis). However, many experts have been reluctant to transition to 3D volumetric data until it can be validated as anatomically accurate.

The Division of Imaging Research at the University of South Florida's Department of Radiology has been working to test the technologies at several levels and in turn has developed new methods for accurately analyzing virtual anatomy for an array of disciplines. The results of the studies show a dramatic increase in accuracy using their novel protocols over current methods in the field. With accuracy validated, virtual and/or prototypic models can now be used with confidence to teach anatomy to students in a wide range of fields such as medicine, biological anthropology and the forensic sciences. While many researchers have declared the field of anatomy "dead," we have just scratched the surface of its potential and applications. Applying this data in fields that are outside the norm of radiology such as forensics and biometrics will be critical as those fields work to establish more quantitative standards and reproducibility.

More details about Decker’s research interests can be found here.


Register now!
All participants are required to register by April 11. Please complete the registration form.