It is important for all students to gain an understanding of the research process from the initial stages of the undergraduate degree programme. Years 1 and 2 receive instruction and assessment on various aspects of research methodology. From year 3, students undertake a compulsory research dissertation; guidance through this process is provided by the Research Dissertation Coordinator, supported by a team of supervisors. The research area can follow institutional directives or the student’s own initiative. A list of last year’s dissertation titles can be found here.
Graduate Research Prize winners
Each year at graduation, the ESO Research Department awards a prize to the student with the most publishable research dissertation. Additionally, the ESO enables graduates with outstanding research achievements to submit their work to national and international research conferences for poster or oral presentations.
The ESO had an enviable record for being awarded the top research prize at the formerly annual Chiropractic Osteopathy and Physiotherapy (COP) Conference. Alumni Elise Pattyn, Hannah Kasiri-Martino, Katharine Spens and Liesbet Maenhout all received recognition for producing top quality undergraduate research; their studies have since been published or are in the process of being submitted for publication. 2014 Graduate Joanna Figg-Latham had the fantastic opportunity of presenting her work at the International Conference on Advances in Osteopathic Research (ICAOR) in Brazil, where she was awarded a special prize for outstanding graduate research, and 2015 graduate Jane Beazley was awarded first prize for her poster presentation at the OsEAN Conference in Vienna.
The Research Department prize for the most publishable research dissertation in 2017 was awarded at graduation to joint recipients – Alicia Serednycka-Poole and Annmarie O’ Sullivan.
Jane Beazley – First Prize at the OsEAN Conference April 2016 for presenting her undergraduate research project into patient shared-decision making.
The Research Department prize for the most publishable research dissertation in 2016 was awarded at graduation to Natalie Alexander.
Katie Johnston – Postgraduate Journal Prize for the best article published in Ultrasound in 2015 : Temporomandibular joint effusion and its relationship with perceived disability assessed using musculoskeletal ultrasound and a patient-reported disability index. Johnston, K., Bird, L., & Bright, P. Ultrasound 2015 1742271X14568608.
The Research Department prize for the most publishable research dissertation in 2015 was awarded at graduation to Valentin Weber.
The Research Department prize for the most publishable research dissertation in 2014 was awarded at graduation to Joanna Figg-Latham and Sonja Jelineck.
A special prize for outstanding graduate research was awarded to Joanna Figg-Latham at the ICAOR conference in Sao Paulo, Brasil.
Katherine Spens and Liesbeth Maenhout received one prize each (out of three available prizes) for best presentations at the COP conference in London.
The Research Department prize for the most publishable research dissertation in 2013 was awarded at graduation to Hannah Kasiri-Martino.
Hannah Kasiri-Martino received a prize for best presentation at the COP conference in London.