April 29, 2014
Fourth-year University of Kansas School of Nursing student Kayla Benson received the 2014 Citation Award at the International Health Elective Showcase this week, when 27 students from the three schools at KU Medical Center displayed posters highlighting their international travel.
Benson's poster display, with a ribbon designating the award, highlighted her research, "Burn Injuries in India," at the showcase, which was sponsored by the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, and the Office of International Programs at KU Medical Center.
Also receiving Citation Awards at the Monday event were KU School of Medicine student Matthew Farley, who traveled to New Zealand, and School of Health Professions' Laura Webb, a physical therapy student who traveled to Costa Rica. The three award winners made podium presentations during the showcase in the School of Nursing atrium.
International Programs director Kimberly Connelly says the showcase is evolving and improving each year. For example, this year marked the first time the Citation Awards went to one student in each school. Previously, the award was given only to a School of Medicine student.
While attendance was up a bit over last year, Connelly's already brainstorming ways to draw more faculty, staff and students to next year's showcase.
"The showcase is the kind of community-building event that provides the opportunity to come together to support our students' accomplishments, to share in their learning and to actually learn more from them about the world," she says. "It is a great educational paradigm."
In all, nine fourth-year nursing students had posters in the showcase. Kimberly Hall and Natalie Jordan highlighted their trip to India. Four students -- Kelsey Bakalar, Caitlin Buerge, Emily Goodman and Avonne Rosario -- each displayed research from their visit to Uganda. Beth Vopat and Lauren Winkler had posters about their experiences in Costa Rica.