For the 16th year, the College of Allied Health Sciences highlighted undergraduate and graduate student research at the annual PRaISE (Presentation of Research and Innovative/Scholarly Endeavors) conference, held Friday, April 11, in Fifth Third Arena.
The daylong conference included student presentations, distinguished alumni awards and a keynote address. It also was the first year the undergraduate portion was combined with UC’s Annual Undergraduate Conference for Research, Scholarship & Creative Works.
All told, CAHS students showcased over 200 research projects through posters, oral presentations and displays, as part of the nearly 1,000 presentations that were given throughout the day by students from across the university.
"After 15 years of putting PRaISE on as its own event, we were excited to combine with the UGRC in an effort to have our students’ hard work seen by others across the university," says head of the PRaISE planning committee Susan Kotowski, PhD. "It was also a great opportunity for our students to see what their peers were doing and to present to such a large audience. The committee worked really hard and felt the day was a big success. "
Dean Elizabeth King, PhD, commented, "Our student research and creative work continues to be impressive and increase in numbers and reflect the effort and talent of our faculty. We can all take pride in their work.”
CAHS faculty and staff took a moment in the PRaISE ceremony to recognize King for her 12 years of service as the College of Allied Health Sciences’ first permanent dean. King will retire July 1.
Speaking at the ceremony, Associate Dean Tina Whalen, DPT, EdD, thanked King for her "selfless dedication to our college.”
"When she was appointed as dean in 2002, the college enrollment number was at 470 students who were distributed over a total of 11 graduate and undergraduate programs,” said Whalen. "In 12 short years, our college enrollment is now nearly 3,000 students and we offer currently 17 graduate and undergraduate programs, many of which are offered at a distance to students across the globe.
"It’s been Elizabeth’s vision to keep our college moving forward,” she added, "and without her vision and leadership, I don’t think we could ever, ever have accomplished this sort of feat.”