Milken Institute SPH Students Participated in 22nd Annual Research Days

Milken Institute School of Public Health students were among those who participated in this year’s Research Days, the annual two-day celebration of student research at GW.

Students from across the university submitted posters on topics in the arts, business, education, engineering, humanities, law, mathematics, health, medicine and more. Nearly 70 Milken Institute SPH students submitted posters this year, which saw record-high participation.

Milken Institute SPH Dean Lynn R. Goldman said that the quality and volume of this year’s research posters was impressive. Next to commencement, Research Days is her favorite time of the year, she said. “I love it when I see students engaged, developing their ideas, creating posters.”

For Kennethea Wilson, a graduate student in the Global Health, Epidemiology and Disease Control program, this experience gave her a greater appreciation for qualitative research. “I learned that qualitative research is really difficult—very time consuming—but the benefit of it, honestly, is that you get a true understanding of what’s really going on, on a more grassroots level,” said Wilson, whose research looked at the involvement of romantic partners in the prostate cancer treatment decision process.

You can watch more Research Days participants talk about their experiences at the links below:  

SPH student award winners were honored following a keynote address by LaQuandra Nesbitt, director of Washington, D.C.’s Department of Health, who’s working to make the district the healthiest city in America.

Research Days award winners pose with dean and faculty
From left: Joy Eckert, Shawn Chiang, Director of D.C.'s Department of Health LaQuandra Nesbitt, Kristiann Fry, Atlang Mompe, Professor and Interim Associate Dean for Research Melissa Perry and Dean Lynn R. Goldman 

This year’s Milken Institute SPH Research Days winners included:

Judge's Choice Award


Kanchan Misra
Department: Division of Rheumatology
“QuantiFERON-TB Gold Testing in Hidradenitis Suppurativa Patients”


Kristiann Fry
Department: Epidemiology
“Persistent Organic Pollutants and Mortality in the United States”


Kan Gianattasio
Department: Health Policy & Management
“Evaluating the Patient-Centered Quality of Cancer Survivorship Care Models”

Video Submission

Monica Zdanukiewicz
Department: Prevention & Community Health
“Household Chemicals and Prostate Health: Serum Prostate Specific Antigen Levels and Urinary Benzophenone-3, Bisphenol A, and Triclosan Levels in Males: NHANES 2005-2010”

Community Engagement Award

Atlang Mompe
Department: Epidemiology
“An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) #LetsTalkAboutPrep Campaign Among Black Women Living in Washington D.C.”

Policy and Practice Impact Award

Joy Eckert
Department: Health Policy & Management
“Promotion of New Diabetes Products in the District of Columbia”

People’s Choice Award

Shawn Chiang
Department: Prevention & Community Health
“E-Cigarettes and Smoking Cessation Among Pregnant Women: Insights From a Secondary Analysis of a Randomized Controlled Trial”