Spotlight on Student Research Poster Competition

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—Check back soon for details on the 2018 Spotlight on Student Research event—

The Spotlight on Student Research Poster Event showcases original research by students at the Gillings School of Global Public Health.  Each year, the event is held in conjunction with the annual Fred T. Foard Jr. Memorial Lecture.  This year, the Foard Lecture will be held on April 27, 2017. 

Since 2009, Research and Innovation Solutions and the UNC Gillings chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health have partnered to nominate a student for the Delta Omega Student Poster Session at the American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting and Exposition.  The session will be held at the 145th APHA Annual Meeting from November 4-8, 2017 in Atlanta, GA.  The student nominated by the UNC Gillings chapter of Delta Omega  will receive $750 to attend APHA. In addition, if the nominated student’s abstract is also selected by the Delta Omega National Office, he/she will receive an additional $350 cash prize from Delta Omega and an invitation to present their poster the APHA Delta Omega Student Poster Session. Click here for complete information about the 2017 Delta Omega Student Poster Session at APHA.   UNC nominations for the Delta Omega Student Poster Session must be for original work that has not been previously presented.

In addition, one student will be awarded the 2017 Gillings Student Poster Award, which provides the awardee with $500 towards to attending a professional conference of the winner’s choice.  Posters for the Gillings Student Poster Award may be on work that is both previously and never before presented.

The poster event is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.  Please contact Christin Daniels ( with any questions about participating in this year’s event.  Poster submissions should be sent electronically to Christin Daniels by no later than 5 pm on Thursday April 20, 2017.


2017 Winners

2017 Gillings Student Poster Award

Lily Jones

Lily Jones, BSPH ’17

Poster Title: “Hold that spoonful of sugar: Higher sweetness does not correlate with increased desire to consume”

2017 Delta Omega Award

Paul Shafer

Paul Shafer, PhD candidate
Health Policy and Management

Poster Title: “Effect of advertising for a state-based health insurance marketplace on information-seeking behavior”

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Previous Winners


2016 Gillings Student Poster Award: Nelson Pace, PhD candidate, Epidemiology

Poster Title: “Antioxidant Consumption is Associated with Decreased Risk of Congenital Limb Deficiencies”

2016 Delta Omega Award: Pranati PanugantiBSPH ’16, Nutrition

Poster Title: A School-Based Intervention for Diabetes Lifestyle Management Among Adolescents in Chennai.  Obesity Reduction  and Awareness of Non-communicable diseases through Group Education (ORANGE) Phase II Study”


2015 Gillings Student Poster Award: Melissa Crane, Health Behavior
Ms. Crane also presented her work at the 2015 Society for Behavioral Medicine in San Antonio, Texas.
Poster Title: “Randomized trial of a men-only weight loss program: The Rethinking Eating and FITness Trial
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2015 Delta Omega Award: Gabriela Arandia, Health Behavior
Poster Title: “Immigrants and Refugees: Experiences with Health Care Reform in the United States”
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2014 Gillings Student Poster Award: Luma Essaid, Nutrition
Poster Title: “Weight loss prevents obesity-associated basal-like breast cancer progression: Role of hepatocyte growth factor/c-Met”
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2014 Delta Omega Poster Award: Maya Nadimpalli, Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Poster Title: “Nasal carriage of antibiotic-resistant staphylococcus aureus among livestock workers and household members in North Carolina”
Maya is also a 2014 recipient of a 2014 Dennis and Mireille Gillings Global Public Health Fellowship and is studying with Didier Guillemot at Institut Pasteur in Paris.
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2013 Gillings Student Poster Award: Nour Abdo, Environmental Sciences & Engineering
Poster title: “The 1000 genomes toxicity screening project:  Utilizing the power of human genome variation for population-scale in vitro testing”
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2013 Delta Omega Poster Award:  Karishma Oza, Maternal and Child Health
Poster title: “‘I was young, everything seemed easy’:  Understanding Early Factors Contributing to Poor Reproductive and Sexual Health among Female Sex Workers in Tijuana, Mexico”
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2012 Gillings Student Poster Award:  Jie Ting, Epidemiology
Poster Title: “HPV mRNA testing of Self-Collected Specimens for Cervical Lesions Detection, Kenya”
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2012 Delta Omega Poster Award:  Jennifer Shields, Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Poster title: “Hepatitis E Virus in Waters Proximal to Swine Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations in Eastern NC”
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