Date:   October 29, 2014


To:       All UF Graduate Students and Graduate Coordinators


From:  Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC)


RE:       Graduate Student Research Day poster winners


Graduate Student Research Day is an annual event coordinated by the Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC), Innovation through Institutional Integration’s (I-Cubed), and UF Graduate School showcasing graduate students’ research. The event also offers a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to showcase their contribution to UF’s research enterprise. 


This year’s event, held on October 28, 2014, featured posters from more than 200 students, including graduate and undergraduate, a panel discussion with UF’s new preeminent hires, and networking workshop and session. The event was open to all graduate students, undergraduate students participating in research activities, postdoctoral fellows/associates, researchers and faculty.


One feature of Graduate Student Research Day is the Poster Contest, which results in the highest-scoring posters receiving monetary awards to support their research-related conference presentations; honorable mention posters also receive recognition. The posters are judged by a team of faculty, staff, community members, and graduate students. Graduate and undergraduate students are judged in separate categories.


This year’s winning posters from the Graduate Student Category are: Leslie Todd, Art History; Kimberly Hawkins, Neuroscience; Douglas Bennion, Physiology and Functional Genomics; Haren Getachew, Pathology; and Divya Rajan, Chemistry. The following students received Honorable Mention for their posters in the Graduate Student Category: Adam Bates, Computer & Information Sciences and Engineering; Michael Massengill, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology; Mohamed Shahin, Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research; and Linda Bean, Neuroscience.


The winning poster from the Undergraduate Student Category is: Jillian Montague, Chemistry; the Honorable Mention from the Undergraduate Student Category is: Estefania Alvarado, Environmental Engineering Sciences.


GSAC is a graduate student group made up of students from diverse backgrounds, in various colleges and stages of their graduate career that helps identify missing elements in graduate student training at UF. GSAC provides feedback and helps improve the existing professional development opportunities for graduate students.


For more information on Graduate Student Research Day, the Graduate Student Advisory Council and the I-Cubed program, visit .


The 2014 Graduate Student Research Day was sponsored by the UF Graduate School, I-Cubed Program, Office of Research, Florida Biologix, and Banyan Biomarkers.