Winning Abstracts

More than one hundred researchers from schools and colleges at University of Maryland campuses submitted posters that represented a wide range of public health issues. Undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral level presenters received awards.

Doctoral Student Winners
1st Place: Dina Huang, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Title: Outdoor and Indoor Play Predictors in Washington DC Metropolitan Children
This research examines demographics as predictors of children’s physical activity.

Doctoral honorable mentions: Zahra Saboori, Ashley Pantaleao, Priscilla Novak

Master’s Student Winners
1st place: Melissa DeSantiago
Title: Bridging the Gap: Raising Environmental Health Awareness Among Spanish-Speaking Childcare Providers to Reduce Children’s Exposures to Indoor Environmental Contaminants in Child Care Settings
The objective of this study is foster awareness of environmental hazards in childcare settings, particularly in low-income, Spanish-speaking communities. The project supports the expansion of Eco-Healthy Child Care® (EHCC), a training program to Spanish-speaking child care professionals.

Masters honorable mentions: Constance Raab, Khondakar Bhaskhar, Elizabeth Bell

Undergraduate Winners
1st Place: Corey Michelson
Title: The Effects of Acute Exercise on Executive Function in Older Adults
The study examines the protective effects of exercise on cognitive decreases associated with aging, as well as exercise’s potential to enhance cognitive performance and executive functions.

Undergraduate honorable mentions: Rachel Knobel, Abigail Myers, Maria Ayoub