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Community Health senior Tyler Roberson gave an oral presentation on housing insecure students.

AHS Well Represented in Undergrad Research Event

Sixty-five students representing all five undergraduate majors in the College of Applied Health Sciences made presentations about their work at the campus-wide 2022 Undergraduate Research Symposium. It was the largest contingent of AHS students to take part in the event, which began in 2008 and ran annually until the COVID pandemic pre-empted it in 2020 and made it a virtual event in 2021. This year’s event took place on April 28 in the Illini Union.

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Serena Abdallah, senior in Kinesiology, gave an oral presentation on the marginalization of adapted physical education teachers.

Seven students in the community health, kinesiology, and interdisciplinary health sciences degree programs were invited to give oral presentations of their research, while the remaining students participated in poster sessions. Participating students included 37 Edmund J. James Scholars; seven participants in the AHS Students Pursuing Applications, Research, and Knowledge—or SPARK—program, which introduces outstanding freshmen to research; 12 participants in the Student Aging Researchers in Training—or START—program, which places undergraduate scholars in labs across the college; and eight scholars in the Mannie L. Jackson Illinois Academic Enrichment and Leadership Program, a college-wide support program for underrepresented and first-generation students, student-athletes, and those recognized by the President Awards Program and Educational Opportunities Program.

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(LEFT) SPARK Scholars Anna Latham, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, and Corrie Penrod, Speech and Hearing Science, explain their research on the Lombard Effect. (RIGHT) START Scholars Emilie Schramer and Alicia Pensamiento, both in Speech and Hearing Science, presented their research on misophonia in college students.


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