The Landacre Honor Society was founded in 1956 by Dr. Russell Hayes and Dr. Bernard Marks in honor of Dr. Francis Leroy Landacre, professor and first chair of the Department of Anatomy. Dr. Landacre’s original research was in neuroanatomy concerning the origin of cranial ganglia and neural crest cells of lower vertebrates. His exceptionally high standards in both academic achievement and research are the tenets of the society’s promotion and support of medical student research activities.
In addition to providing students with a variety of information about research opportunities at OSU, the society also organizes research conferences, host speakers, and holds the annual Graduate and Postgraduate Research Day, where students present posters and oral presentations summarizing their research to their peers.
In 2011, the Landacre Research Interest Group was created as a division of the Landacre Honor Society to further facilitate student research at OSU. The Interest Group and Honor Society have similar goals and the two organizations work together to coordinate research events. The difference is that the Landacre Honor Society focuses on recognizing outstanding student research, a feat typically achieved by third and fourth-year medical students, whereas the Interest Group is geared toward assisting first and second-year students pursue their research interests.
Requirements for Landacre Honor Society Induction
Membership is open to all medical students at OSUCOM who have demonstrated excellence in medical research, as evidenced by fulfilling the following criteria and completing the attached application. All applicants who fulfill the induction criteria and complete the application will be considered for induction into the Landacre Honor Society.
Qualifying Research (all must be met)
- The data-gathering portion, at a minimum, of the qualifying research must be performed while the student is enrolled at OSUCOM.
- Research performed while a student is on a leave of absence (LOA) for the purpose of performing research is eligible.
- The qualifying research may be conducted at an outside institution, provided the student was enrolled at OSUCOM or on a leave of absence (LOA) for the purpose of performing research at the time the research was conducted.
- The qualifying research must be original, hypothesis driven and related to a biomedical topic.
The qualifying student must have made a significant contribution to the qualifying research, as demonstrated by achievement of at least one (1) of the following:
- Authorship of a peer-reviewed, published journal article
- First authorship of a competitively reviewed abstract accepted for oral or poster presentation at a national conference
- Receipt of a nationally competitive grant for the qualifying research
2017-18 Board of Officers, Landacre Honor Society
On May 10, 2018, the 2017-2018 Landacre Officers and new members were sworn in at the Annual Induction Ceremony and Banquet.
2019-20 Board Members
President - Ryan Zeh
Vice President - Emefah Loccoh
Secretary - Shilpa Sridhar
Treasurer - Matthew Murtha
Executive Officer - Garrhett Via
Executive Officer - Morgan Johnson
Executive Officer - Katia Fernandez
Immediate Past President - Hussam Salhi
2019-20 Interest Group Board
President - Marlene Garcia-Neuer
Vice President - Dante Pezzutti
Secretary - Anna Levesque
Treasurer - Junu Bae