Soma Weiss Student Research Day

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The 75th Annual Soma Weiss Student Research Day will be held on Thursday, January 15, 2015 in the Tosteson Medical Education Center. This day honors the memory of Soma Weiss (1899-1942), an inspiring teacher and physician at HMS and an ardent supporter of student research.

Click here to view the 74th Annual Soma Weiss Student Research Day Book of Abstracts.
Click here to view the 74th Annual Soma Weiss Student Research Day Program Book.

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2014 Oral Presentations

Emilie Mitten (Holmes): Physiologic investigation of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system in HIV patients
Lisa Rosenfeld (Peabody): Assessing the use of interactive voice response technology in a smoking cessation intervention
Anna Jo Smith (Cannon): The potential impact of health insurance exchanges on children’s health insurance access and coverage
Caleb Yeung (London): Cleavage of the anaplastic lymphoma kinase in neuroblastoma

2014 Poster Award Winners

Elizabeth D. Hay Prize for Basic Science Research
First Prize:  Jenny Chen: Hearing the light: a behavioral and neurophysiological comparison of two optogenetic strategies for direct excitation of central auditory pathways
Second Prize:  Avanthi Raghavan: Functional Characterization of a Novel Genetic Locus for Plasma Cholesterol

Judah Folkman Prize for Clinical / Translational Science Research
First Prize:  Jasmin Thum: Why Current EEG Monitors Do Not Work in Pediatric Populations Under General Anesthesia & A Novel EEG Monitoring Strategy
Second Prize:  Michael Linn: Foveal Disorganization of Retinal Inner Layers as Predictor of Visual Acuity in Diabetic Macular Edema

Charles Janeway Prize for International Research or Service
First Prize:  Marguerite Basilico: Civil Society Participation in HIV Policy: A Case Study in Malawi
Second Prize:   Melanie Molina: Assessing the Information on Post-Treatment Breast Cancer Survivors and Exploring Survivorship Care in Mexico

Robert Ebert Prize for Community Health Delivery or Service
First Prize:  Ida Bernstein: Guys Get Pap tests Too: Developing Cervical Cancer Screening Outreach Materials for Female-to-Male Transgender Patients
Second Prize:  Shruthi Rajashekara: A community-based needs assessment of the Navajo food environment: Understanding barriers to healthy food access

Leon Eisenberg Prize for Medicine in Society Research
First Prize:  Jay Kumar: Advancement of Patient-Centered Medical Homes under Oklahoma Medicaid Program from Entry to Optimal Level: Barriers and Incentives
Seconr Prize:  Lisa Rotenstein: A Patient-Centered, Electronic Care Planning Tool that Facilitates Team-Based Care and Patient Engagement

General Information

Students will showcase their research and international projects supported by university funds. Effective networking is an important part of your professional development and this day provides you with a unique opportunity to meet with faculty, staff, and peers from the greater Harvard community. With the exception of community service projects, any student who received University funds in 2014 for support of projects is required to submit an abstract and a poster for the 75th Annual Soma Weiss Research Day.

Soma Weiss Research Day celebrates all student research efforts, including but not limited to bench and clinical research, outcomes and health delivery projects, public policy research, service learning, and systems improvements both in the US and abroad. All students who received HMS funding are encouraged to present posters about their funded projects.

The day begins with a poster session in the Tosteson Medical Education Center Atrium from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, followed by a reception. From 4:00 to 5:15 pm, four to five students, selected by the Faculty Committee on Scholarship in Medicine, deliver oral presentations on their research.

In addition, the following prizes are awarded for the best student posters:

  • Elizabeth D. Hay Prize for Basic Science Research
  • Judah Folkman Prize for Clinical/Translational Science Research
  • Charles Janeway Prize for International Research or Service
  • Robert Ebert Prize for Health Care Delivery Research or Service
  • Leon Eisenberg Prize for Medicine in Society Research

Any MD, PhD, DMD, or MD/PhD student enrolled in Harvard/MIT is eligible to submit an abstract or abstracts of student work done while at HMS. The research presented at Soma Weiss Day may have been done at another institution but should have been done while you are a student at HMS. The emphasis here is not on finished projects, but rather on exposing the community to your research efforts. Presentation of works in progress is encouraged.

For more information about Soma Weiss Student Research Day, contact Kari Hannibal, 617-432-1573,


News Story

At the 73rd Soma Weiss Student Research

Day, more than 160 students presented their work in the largest showcase of student research in the history of Harvard Medical School. “Today is a credit to the tremendous talent of our students, the dedication of their faculty mentors and to the Scholars in Medicine program,” said Jeffrey S. Flier, dean of the faculty of medicine at Harvard University.


Photo Gallery

Photo gallery from Soma Weiss Day

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