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Students Shine at Undergraduate Research Day

Many of the University’s brightest minds shared their original senior research in subjects ranging from biology and drama to geology, film and business at the annual Undergraduate Research Day in Axinn Library.

“I have really enjoyed seeing everyone else’s work,” said psychology major Angela Miller, who presented on the stigma of mental illness among college students.   “I’ve realized that it’s important to experience other types of research to get a better perspective of my own.”

The event drew hundreds of students, faculty, and administrators. Check out some of the talented students and their projects from Undergraduate Research Day:

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Elizabeth Driscoll, global studies, Rutherford, NJ

“Here To Stay: Guidelines for a Legal and Balanced Compromise on the Use of Drones”

An internship with Amnesty International last fall sparked Elizabeth’s interest in studying the use of drones.  During her semester-long research, she says she was especially struck by the controversy over inaccurate casualty counts and proposes the creation of an international panel that would evaluate individual incidents.

 

IMG_8404Antonio Fuertes, legal studies in business, Roslyn Heights, NY

“The Affordable Care Act’s Impact on Businesses”

“I have a passion for this topic because my family owns several small businesses in the city, and the ACA has had a big impact on how we operate.  It also negatively impacts the economy because people won’t want to hire new employees as they grow their businesses because of the health coverage requirements of the ACA,” says Antonio, who plans to spend the summer studying for the LSAT in preparation for law school.

 

IMG_8405Chika Okuyama, film studies & production and Asian studies (double major), Sayama City, Japan

“Francis Ford Coppola and Japanese Culture”

Chika was recently chosen to present her research at a national conference for film and media students.   Last summer she spent 10 days as a volunteer in Cambodia, where she taught English and Japanese to school children in a remote village with no electricity.  She wants to be a documentarian whose work will serve “as a bridge so the rest of the world will learn about the needs of places like this.”

 

 IMG_8409Schuyler DeLuca, biology, Canterbury, CT

“Annotation of a Portion of the D. biarmipes Dot Chromosome”

Schuyler’s research, an examination of the DNA found in a particular species of fruit fly, is part of a national project by the Genomics Education Partnership, based at Washington University in St. Louis.  Because fruit flies possess some of the same genetic elements as humans, the hope is that the research will someday help in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.   Schuyler, however, plans to leave fruit flies behind after graduation so he can attend dental school at Columbia University in the fall.

IMG_8410Alexis Di Gregorio, theater performance, Gloucester, MA

“Down the Road: A Look Into Character Development”

Alexis performed this semester in “Down the Road,” a three-person stage play in the New Academic Building’s Black Box Theater, and did three months of research to explore her character’s development.  The storyline, which dealt with a husband and wife’s interaction with a manipulative serial killer, made her look at questions such as whether society or nature contributes to evil.  “The whole process helped me discover a sense of power and confidence sitting in my body,” she says.

 

IMG_8457Tami LongJohn, geology, Nigeria and Nika Chery, geology, Brooklyn, NY

“Using Trace Metals, Pollen, and Radiocarbon to Determine the Chronostratigraphy of a Marsh Sediment Core from North Cinder Island, NY”

Tami and Nika teamed up to study a sediment core sample to see what its contents would reveal about the chronological changes that had occurred in the environment over hundreds of years.  Scientists often use this method to study climate change, ocean formation, and hurricane patterns.  Tami began this research when she joined Hofstra’s Center for Climate Study in 2010, and after graduation, she plans to study the impact of the earth’s faults and fractures on fracking.    Nika will be using her geology background to pursue graduate study in environmental engineering.

Here is a sample of tweets from the event:

 

 

 

 

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