The University of Global Health Equity, Butaro Campus in the Northern Province of Rwanda has launched its first Research Society symposium to aspire students engage in research activities.
During the panel discussion, students who were able to finalize their research projects shared experience and insights into the whole journey of developing a good research papers.
Gloria Nishimwe, the Chairperson of the UGHE Research Society said the Campus seeks to cultivate the culture of research that aims to solve existing health problems in the communities.
She adds, the symposium will arouse the students to write projects that are relevant in daily life, especially in the wake of COVID-19 including online learning.
“Research is not only for people with degrees or Ph.D. students,” said Gislaine Mutatsineza, an undergraduate student conducting a research.
Concerns about delays of publication were also raised, Lara Tesi said “in these times of COVID-19, research projects that directly tackle the pandemic are preferred by scientific journals over others.” "However, delays in publication of our research projects is not because they are not good,” she said.
The symposium brought together members of the UGHE community including students, professors, and supervisors of research projects such as; Dr. Daniel Seifu, the Head of Biochemistry Department, Dr. Barnabus Ayalande, the Global Surgery Fellow, Dr. Zahirah Zahrah McNatt, the Godley-St. Goar Chair Of The Department Of Community Health and Social Medicine, Dr. Phaedra Henley, the Director of the Center for One Health, and Dr. Paul Kadetz, the Chair of the Center for Executive Education.
During the symposium, the two projects the 'perceptions and preferences between online learning and in-person classroom learning among university students in Rwanda' and a study intended to assess 'stress levels among medical students in Rwanda' which will soon be were presented by students.