Medical physics students take top prizes at the Young Investigators Symposium

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First prize winner Yunhe Xie with AAPM DVC Chapter President, Ying Xiao, Ph.D.
May 9, 2017

Graduate and post-graduate students studying medical physics at Penn can prepare for their careers by participating in the Young Investigators Symposium, sponsored by the Delaware Valley Chapter of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine. The annual symposium replicates the format of an educational scientific meeting and encourages students to present their findings before an audience of academic peers and field questions.

This year, top prizes were awarded to various Medical Physics Programs students. Based on the scientific merit of their research, presentation skills and ability to respond to questions from a panel of experts, the winning Penn students include:

First prize:

Yunhe Xie (Medical Physics Certificate ’15) and Kristen Lau (Master of Medical Physics ’12) won first prizes and $300 each

Second prize:

Michele Kim (Medical Physics Certificate ’17 – expected) won 2nd prize and $250 in the therapy and diagnostic categories

Third prize:

Peter Florio (Master of Medical Physics ’16) won 3rd prize and $200 in the therapy and diagnostic categories

Honorable mention:

Awardees won $100 and included Sheng Huang (Medical Physics Certificate ’16) and Andrew Soldner (Master of Medical Physics ’16)

Penn’s Medical Physics Programs provides students the opportunity to pursue a rigorous course of study and work closely with distinguished faculty members on their clinical and research investigations. Additionally, students can access the outstanding research taking place at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, the Roberts Proton Therapy Center and the Smilow Center for Translational Research. These facilities offer the most advanced and precise treatments for cancer and are designed to provide patient-focused care and collaboration among the healthcare teams.

The Medical Physics Programs also afford our students valuable experiences and mentorship that advances their scholarship and research, evidenced by the honors received at this year’s Young Investigators Symposium.

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