September 13, 2023A glorious early-fall day found hundreds of faculty and staff mixing and mingling with team members from over 60 different offices and labs who serve biomedical research across campus. CLICK HERE for a gallery of fun photos from the event.
900+ attendees used the Medical School Office of Research's famous "Passport to Prizes" to navigate the event and learn the latest facts and services about the various groups, while having fun and getting the chance to win great prizes. A few of the winners of this year's prize drawings include:
Julie Tumbarello (pictured right), Growing Your Grants Gift from Grant Services & Analysis
Marcus Barissi, Gadget Basket from the Biointerfaces Institute
Ericka Hudson-Thomas, Gift Basket from the Caswell Diabetes Institute
Hanshi Sun, Gift Basket from the Caswell Diabetes Institute
Edie DiMarco, Cherry Republic Gift Box from the Center for Data-Driven Drug Development & Treatment Assessment
Elizabeth Paymal, Cherry Republic Gift Box from the Center for Data-Driven Drug Development & Treatment Assessment
Erica Strausbough, Cherry Republic Gift Box from the Center for Data-Driven Drug Development & Treatment Assessment
Deena Beckius, iPad from the Medical School Office of Research
Joanna Spencer-Segal, $50 amazon gift card from the Medical School Office of Research
Katie Winner, $2,000 toward professional travel from the Medical School Office of Research
Rita Costa, $200 Tech Shop gift card from Health Lab (Department of Communications)
Renae Blevins, Barbie Basket from the Clincal Trials Support Office
Guoqing Hou, Mario Basket from the Central Biorepository
In addition to prize drawings, each year the OoR also sponsors a Customer Service Award for the participating organizations. “Secret shoppers” wandered the event, evaluating the tables based on research knowledge and the friendliness of the staff. This year, the Susan B. Meister Child Health Evaluation and Research Center (pictured right) took home the trophy, with the secret shoppers noting that CHEAR’s staff were very enthusiastic and engaging. The Taubman Health Sciences Library and Planet Blue teams were also recognized by our shoppers, which is particularly nice to hear since those groups have been exhibiting at Researchpalooza since the very first event back in 2010!
Looking forward to Researchpalooza 2024!