2014 Outstanding Student Abstract Award

This year the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH) presented the Outstanding Student Abstract Award at the South Carolina Public Health Association’s (SCPHA) Annual Meeting to Ms. Daniele Gentile.   In her abstract titled “Does educational degree attainment impact early adulthood binge drinking across ethnic groups? Insights using a nationally representative sample,” Ms. Gentile investigates if ethnicity moderated the relationship between educational attainment and binge drinking among a diverse sample of young adults in the U.S.  Results demonstrate that ethnicity did not significantly moderate the relationship between educational attainment and binge drinking.  Ms. Gentile’s research confirmed that education was positively associated with binge drinking, whereas minority status was associated with lower risk of binge drinking.

“It is an honor to be able to partner with SCPHA to recognize student achievement,” expressed IMPH associate director Dr. Megan Weis.  “The curiosity and passion of the student participants never fails to inspire me.  Having the opportunity showcase the success of student-led work is an important part of supporting the important work to improve public health occurring in our state and encouraging future professionals.”

Ms. Gentile is a doctoral student in the department of Health Promotion, Education and Behavior at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina.  She graduated summa cum laude from The College at Brockport, State University of New York with a bachelor’s of science degree in psychology and health science.  Ms. Gentile strongly believes in examining health issues with a social determinants of health perspective, which emphasizes the importance of the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age rather than placing the majority of the responsibility on individual choices and behaviors.  This belief is reflected in her academic interest of high-risk college alcohol use, which focuses on how the characteristics of the college environment exert powerful influence on individual alcohol consumption patterns.

The Outstanding Abstract Award is given to the author with the highest scoring student abstract submitted to the Contributed Papers Committee of SCPHA’s Annual Meeting.  The committee carefully evaluates each abstract according to a uniform criterion, and the recipient also receives a $100 award.

Click here to view the winning abstract: “Does educational attainment impact early adulthood drinking across ethnic groups? Insights using a nationally representative sample.”

Click here to view slides from the oral presentation.

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