More than 300 Gather to Present and Participate in Research Day

By Sholnn Freeman,
Office of University Communications

WASHINGTON (April 1, 2013) – Dr. John Ruffin, director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), encouraged more faculty and student researchers at Howard University to seek funding for research projects through the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Ruffin, a well-respected leader and visionary in the fields of minority health and health care disparities, served as the keynote speaker at Howard University’s second annual inter-disciplinary Research Day.

Ruffin, known for developing and supporting programs to increase the cadre of minority scientists, physicians and other health professionals, encouraged students to particularly apply for NIH funding that repays student loans.

Ruffin provides leadership for minority health and health disparities research activities at NIH, which gives out billions of dollars annually for projects around the globe.

During Research Day, faculty, graduate students, post-doctorates, residences and researchers throughout Howard gathered to present their scientific research. The wide array of research topics included health disparities, women’s health, educational disparities, obesity, new media, social justice and achievement for minorities in the STEM fields.

The daylong event included a poster session, oral presentations, a reception and an award ceremony. Prizes were awarded for the following categories: undergraduate, graduate, professional student, postdoc/resident/fellow and faculty.

More than 325 faculty members, undergraduate and graduate students participated this year. Their projects encompassed research in the fields of education and outreach, health sciences, physical sciences and engineering, humanities, ethics and religion, and business, among several others.

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