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Schroeder Center Highlights Student Health Policy Research

As part of its 15 year anniversary events, the Schroeder Center for Health Policy highlighted the research of seven current William & Mary undergraduate students in a poster session attended by nearly 50 faculty, staff, and students.  All of the undergraduate researchers used statistical software to analyze data from Virginia’s acute care hospitals and to study a health policy issue of interest to them.  After completing their data analysis, the students prepared and presented posters summarizing their work.  Each student poster provided a brief background of the specific health policy issue studied as well as definitions and methods used to investigate the issue, results of the analysis, and conclusions and future directions of additional research. 

Poster sessions are routinely used in major academic conferences as a way to disseminate authors’ work.  In presenting their posters, students honed their presentation skills by engaging with others in a way that mimics workplace conversations.  They gave a one to two minute “elevator talk,” responded to questions and answers about their work from others, defended their research methods, and engaged with people from diverse backgrounds who may not have agreed their conclusions.

The Schroeder Center for Health Policy awarded three of these student researchers (Tori Reese, McKinley Saunders, and Brittany Young) with fellowships to continue their health policy work over the summer.  For more information about the students’ research and their posters, please contact the Schroeder Center (

"Who Has Avoidable Hospitalizations and Who Pays the Cost?" by Kate Archambault (Computational and Applied Mathematics and Statistics, ’18) and Amelia Nell (Public Policy, ’19)
(Poster/Study description)

"Food Deserts and Obesity and Malnutrition Hospitalizations in Virginia" by Tori Reese (Applied Math-Statistics/Economics, ’20) and McKinley Saunders (Economics, ’19)
(Poster/Study description)

"Who Bears the Burden of External Injury Hospitalizations?" by Yash Singh (Economics, ’19) and Brittany Young (Economics, ’20)
(Poster/Study description)

"Racial Disparities in Hospital-Acquired Infection Rates" by Cara Alcorn (Public Policy, ’18)
(Poster/Study description)