Research forums a rite of passage for many students

Not all students have the honor of competing in research forums, which makes being selected to participate an achievement in and of itself.

By: 

  • Janaya Greene
May 15, 2018
Mikafui Dzotsi and Christopher Weghorst, PhD
Mikafui Dzotsi explains her research on meningococcal disease on college campuses at the 2018 Denman Undergraduate Research Forum. Dzotsi was awarded first place in the “Science for the Public Good” category.

In March, three of the college’s doctoral students placed in the top three in their respective categories at the Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum.

Brittany Keller-Hamilton (epidemiology) placed second for her research on the effects of outdoor tobacco advertising on young males; Seungjen Lee (environmental health sciences) placed second with his research on microcystin accumulation in vegetables; and Igor Mrdjen (environmental health sciences) placed third for his research on cyanotoxins.

At the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum in April, 27 CPH students competed with research ranging from governmental responses to the HIV epidemic to mental illnesses in Tanzania.

Leah Sadinski, a fourth-year undergraduate student of public health sociology, won first place in the "Solving Complex Population Health Issues" award category for her research on sexually transmitted infections on college campuses. Mikafui Dzotsi, a fourth-year undergraduate student of public health sociology, was awarded first place in the “Science for the Public Good” category for her research on meningococcal disease on college campuses.

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About The Ohio State University College of Public Health

The Ohio State University College of Public Health is a leader in educating students, creating new knowledge through research, and improving the livelihoods and well-being of people in Ohio and beyond.  The College’s divisions include biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health behavior and health promotion, and health services management and policy.   It is ranked 23rd among all colleges of public health in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report, and also includes the top 7-ranked MHA degree program.  The College provides leadership and expertise for Ohio and the world through its Center for Health Outcomes, Policy and Evaluation Studies (HOPES), Center for Public Health Practice, and the NCI-funded Center of Excellence in Regulatory Tobacco Science (CERTS).