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Interdisciplinary health students present at conference

July 9, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Students, faculty and community members are invited to see first hand the contributions of research conducted by interdisciplinary health sciences doctoral students when the program presents the 2008 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Research Conference Friday, July 18.

The biennial conference, initiated in 2004 and held at the WMU College of Health and Human Services on the Oakland Drive Campus, will showcase 10 of the program's graduate students as they orally present their research practicum studies and make poster presentations of their dissertation progress from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A panel of judges will select two award recipients from among those presenting.

The student whose presentation best represents the highest level of research presented in the oral format will receive the Janet I. Pisaneschi Prize, named after the former dean who headed the college from 1989-2006. The Scientific Poster Award will be presented to the current or former interdisciplinary health sciences student with the best scientific poster presentation.

The doctoral program in interdisciplinary health sciences is a research-intensive program developed specifically for those pursuing careers in health and human services and who are also interested in becoming researchers, higher educators and leaders of interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving. The program admits a new cohort of about 12 students every other year, with no more than three from any one discipline.

Among this year's presenters are doctoral candidates Amy L. Freeland, Dawn L. Anderson, Theresa M. Green, Dae Kim, Stephanie A. Combs and Patricia J. Tattersall.

For more information on the conference or program, contact Dr. Kieran Fogarty, associate professor in the interdisciplinary health sciences program, at kieran.fogarty@wmich.edu or (269) 387-3342.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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