Research Day at Meharry: Chondraah Holmes Finding Her Future

The 57th Annual Research Day, "Multiple Facets of A Diabetologist's Career: A 20 Year Journey," was held Wednesday, March 13, in the Ross Fitness Center.

Meharry Medial College was one of the first medical schools to hold a student research day. The first student research program was held in 1956 in connection with the 80th anniversary of Meharry Medical College. Dr. Charles W. Johnson founded the program and Dr. Landry E. Burgess was its first chairman. Upon Dr. Burgess' retirement, Dr. James A. Pulliam assumed the chair and held it until his untimely passing in January 1991. In 1991, the Student Research Day Committee unanimously voted to name the Student Research Day lecture in memory of Dr. James A. Pulliam. It is now known as the James A. Pulliam Memorial Lecture.

There were 136 poster abstracts displayed from students of the School of Graduate Studies and Research, the School of Medicine and the School of Dentistry.

After the abstracts' exhibition, the James A Pulliam Memorial Lecture, followed by the Awards Ceremony, was held in the Harold D. West Basic Sciences Building.

On Research Day, Chondraah Holmes won second place among all MSPH students in the School of Graduate Studies and Reserach who presented. Her presentation was entitled: "HPV Vaccine and Cervical Cancer Screening Recommendations, Among Community Healthcare Providers in Tennessee." Holmes will graduate in May 2013 with her MSPH degree.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Holmes graduated from Waterbury College in Waverly, Iowa with a B.S. degree in biology.

She was attracted to Meharry because of its mission. "I love what Meharry stands for," Holmes said. "Everything I want to do in life is all about serving the mission. In my work I want to address racial and ethnic disparities in areas such as HIV/AIDS, cervical cancer, breast cancer and heart disease."

Holmes eventually wants to become a public health professor and attend medical school at Meharry.