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Undergraduate Research Day, May 7

More than 70 seniors in numerous disciplines including biology, chemistry, dance and drama, English, engineering, physics, psychology, and global studies will present their research projects as part of Hofstra’s annual  Undergraduate Research Day on Thursday, May 7 in East Library Wing 246, Axinn Library, South Campus, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Student researchers and their faculty mentors will be on hand to discuss their work, which represents a culmination of months of advanced study, preparation, and revision.

“Our students have been going on to leading graduate and professional programs around the country for advanced degrees, or right into great jobs, and their undergraduate research projects often provide that vital link between the great education and training they receive here at Hofstra and the particular future that they have envisioned and prepared for,” said Neil H. Donahue, assistant provost for undergraduate research and fellowships and associate dean of Honors College.

Among those presenting this year:

  • Kat Deiner, art history and fine arts, Doylestown, PA:  “My research focuses on Vincent van Gogh…Studying abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France, gave me the opportunity to see the motifs of his paintings firsthand and encouraged me to discover the motivatin behind his masterpieces.”
  • Julie Rafatpanah, history, political science and global studies, Newington, CT:  “My research focuses on the history of De Beers…and how it had successfully controlled the entire diamond market through price fixing.”
  • Edward Zhou, biochemistry, Poughkeepsie, NY: “I am participating in Dr. [Emily] Mundorff’s research on haloalkane dehalogenases (HLDs).  We are currently working on characterizing a new HLD, and we hope this knowledge will eventually be used in the engineering of synthetic HLDs for bioremediation or chemical synthesis.”
  • Joseph Pentz, television/video, Neptune, NJ: “My presentation is entitled ‘Life and Death, Network Neutrality Revisited,’ and it outlines the history of net neutrality and what is currently happening regarding the recent 3-2 decision by the Federal Communications Commission to classify the Internet as a utility.”  Joe’s poster won the Undergraduate Poster of the Year award at this year’s Eastern Communication Association conference.


“Undergraduate Research Day puts their work from across the disciplines on display and it’s a chance to see a cross-section of our outgoing cohort of graduates at their finest moment, at the top of their game, in their chosen field,” Dean Donahue added.


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