Health Sciences

Health Sciences Student To Receive University Researcher Award

Written By: Drexler B. James '13 | November 23, 2020

Alyssa Church

Congratulations to health sciences, pre-clinical track senior Alyssa Church, who was selected to receive the Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher Award (DURA) for the month of February 2021 at the University of Central Florida. The Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher Award recognizes outstanding academic research by undergraduate students.

Michael Rovito, an associate professor in the Department of Health Sciences, severed as Church’s mentor for her Honor’s Undergraduate Thesis, in which Church conducted a systematic review on the relationship between testicular cancer and female reproductive cancers.

“It was a well-executed design,” Rovito said. “I am very proud of her work in the field.”

Church is very humbled by the recognition and acknowledges the growth she experienced in conducting research.

“I’ve learned that research is equivocal, imperfect and necessary for progress,” she said. “I’m honored to be receiving this award, and I owe it all to my mentors.”

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