Sacramento State News

Student Researchers win big at CSU Competition

Megan Self
Megan Self, DPT Class of 2017

Sacramento State brought home a first-place and two second-place awards from the 31st annual California State University (CSU) Student Research Competition, April 29-30 at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Hundreds of students from the 23 CSU campuses competed.

Megan Self took first place in the graduate-level Health, Nutrition, and Clinical Sciences category with her doctoral project, “Physical Therapy Treatment for a Patient with Myasthenia Gravis in the Acute-Care Setting: A Case Report.” Myasthenia gravis is a rare neuromuscular disorder that has no cure.

“My project was based on a patient I saw during a clinical affiliation,” Self says. “The outcomes of treatment were significant enough that I am seeking to publish the results as a case report.

“Winning this award means that my research results will reach more people and, hopefully, lead to improved understanding of how to treat this patient population. There is a real lack of research regarding the efficacy of physical therapy treatment.”

Self will graduate in July from Sac State’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT.)

“Megan is an excellent student, and she has demonstrated a great ability to do research” says Fred Baldini, dean of the College of Health and Human Services. “Her work is a great example of how evidence-informed patient care is important and useful when we determine the most effective way to treat patients.”

Sacramento State sent nine students to the CSU competition. They qualified for the systemwide challenge after scoring high points at the 2017 Sacramento State Student Research Symposium on March 7. There, 101 students – 76 undergraduates and 25 graduates – delivered their findings in poster or oral presentations. Each student was mentored by a faculty member. – Dixie Reid 

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