Mikafui Dzotsi has been here before – it’s her second time presenting at Ohio State’s Denman Forum, which has grown into one of the largest undergraduate research forums in the country. Today she stands alongside nearly 800 other students who’ve come here to showcase their hard work.
“I feel like it’s a high point to my time here at Ohio State,” said Dzotsi, a public health major who became interested in preventive medicine during a high school service trip to Nicaragua that involved working in poor communities.
“Plus, both of my parents come from developing countries. My dad is from Ghana and my mom is from Dominica. That also drove my interest in preventive medicine – trying to find solutions to things before they got really bad.”
Dzotsi’s research focused on university protocols for meningitis vaccines. She traveled abroad, interviewed public health officials and combed through pages and pages of data. Now, at the Denman Forum, she proudly displays her project that’s been two years in the making.
Dzotsi recognizes a couple slowly making their way down the aisle toward her. The Denmans stop and chat with various students, listening intently and asking detailed questions. Eventually, they end up in front of Dzotsi and take notice of her project, listening as she explains her work.
“I never even realized this was such an issue,” Rick Denman says after she finishes.