PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — As part of the public health community at Brown and beyond, students can find classmates, mentors and collaborators with whom they can analyze ideas and brainstorm solutions.
But part of being a leading public health professional involves being able to talk about research in public. Helping students develop and polish that skill is one of the goals of Research Day, a poster conference hosted by Brown’s School of Public Health during National Public Health Week.
“Communicating your science to people who may not be experts in your specific field is such an important skill to learn,” said Jennifer Tidey, the school’s associate dean for research. “It's a skill that we use throughout our careers, whether we're trying to obtain funding or trying to influence health practice and policy.”
Over 70 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students as well as postdoctoral trainees gathered in Brown’s Alumnae Hall on Tuesday, April 5, to present to judges as well as anyone else whose curiosity led them into the room. The full community is invited to Research Day, where students gain valuable practice talking about their high-impact public health research. The annual event was held in person for the first time since 2019.
“When we had to do the poster session remotely, we made the best of it, but having the session in person requires students to communicate their work both visually and verbally, and to do it in an interactive way,” Tidey said. “It's more challenging, but I also think it's more fun and more rewarding for our students.”
Here's what four of the School of Public Health students had to share about their research: