Media, public invited to attend School of Medicine student competition in 26th Annual George G. Bierkamper Research Convocation

Competition takes place January 20 at medical school campus in Reno.

RENO, Nev. - Media representatives and the public are invited to attend the University of Nevada School of Medicine students who will showcase their prowess in scientific research at the 26th Annual George G. Bierkamper Student Research Convocation on Tuesday, Jan. 22. More than 30 graduate and medical students, the largest group ever, will participate in the convocation which will be held in the Pennington Medical Education Building at the medical school campus in Reno.

The convocation provides students the opportunity to present original research to a group of their peers and mentors.

Students participating in the convocation will be evaluated by a panel of judges from the School of Medicine faculty. They may compete in either the graduate student category or medical student category and will be judged based upon the quality of their research, findings, and presentation. The top student in each category will receive a $250 award as well as recognition for their achievement during School of Medicine commencement ceremonies in May.

Ole J. Thienhaus, M.D., MBA, dean of the School of Medicine, will open the annual event at 7:30 a.m. Student presentations will be held from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a break for lunch. Distinguished guest lecturer is Kim Eagle, M.D., director of the Cardiovascular Center at the University of Michigan, who will give his address, "Acute Aortic Syndromes: Questions That Keep Me Awake At Night" at 4:30 p.m. A reception and awards ceremony will be held following the distinguished lecture in the Pennington Foyer from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The Bierkamper Student Research Convocation recognizes the excellence of the medical school students as well as that of faculty and staff who diligently mentor students throughout their research process. All research presented by students at the convocation is original and conducted in addition to their coursework. Most students spend a year preparing their research for presentation.

The convocation was started as a formal activity of the School of Medicine in 1983; however, the event has carried the name of Professor George Gwyne Bierkamper since his death in 1988. The George G. Bierkamper Student Research Convocation embodies the spirit of research and encourages School of Medicine students "not to worship what is known, but to question it."

Media Contacts

Julie Ardito, APR
Senior Director, Advancement and Engagement
Office: (775) 784-6006

Tessa Bowen, MPA
Communications Manager, Advancement and Engagement
Office: (775) 682-9254

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Nevada's first public medical school, is a community-based, research-intensive medical school with a statewide vision for a healthy Nevada. Established in 1969, UNR Med is improving the health and well-being of all Nevadans and their communities through excellence in student education, postgraduate training and clinical care, research with local, national and global impact and a culture of diversity and inclusion.