Spotlight on Research: Promoting GW Research Day
GW Research Days are an annual event providing an opportunity for students and faculty to share their research. This year, Himmelfarb Library launched a Research Day video series capturing students discussing their research. Collaborating with GW’s Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Milken Institute School of Public Health, and School of Nursing, we obtained permission to conduct 2-3 minute interviews asking participants to share their experiences. Each interviewee was given the following three prompts: (1) briefly explain your research topic, (2) the main take-aways you would want people to know about your research, and (3) what you learned through your experience of conducting research and preparing for GW Research Days.
The videos were edited and a total of 15 participants provided final approval for their videos to be shared publicly. The 2017 Research Day video series is posted on the library's website and social media platforms.
Here are a few highlights from student interviews:
“I got to work with the National Cancer Institute, so that was huge. I didn’t know that being in the MPH program was going to give me that kind of opportunity…” ~ Stephanie Purnell/Milken Institute School of Public Health
“I’ve had really great mentorship at GW. I’ve enjoyed working alongside the attendings, the fellows, the residents -- it’s been a really great atmosphere for me here.” ~ Alex Sullivan/School of Medicine and Health Sciences
“... really important to GW is having this great collaborative environment and letting medical students work with residents and researchers who have been doing this for a very long time and letting them (students) start research early in their medical career.” ~ Spencer Brodsky/School of Medicine and Health Sciences
“I have learned a lot about how to be a real professional scientist and ask those hard questions…” ~ Laura Venner /Milken Institute School of Public Health
“...I think it’s great to see how nursing can really bridge into research. As new to the nursing field, I never really realized that was an option or what it entailed, so I thought that was a really great experience to have in my last semester.” ~ Laura Hink/ School of Nursing (BSN)
Please go to Himmelfarb’s Highlights of GW Research Day 2017 or go GW Research Day 2017 to to view all 15 videos.