More than 200 people attended this year’s Undergraduate Research Day where Hofstra seniors from many disciplines shared posters outlining the results of their research projects – more than 65 presentations in total, on topics as diverse as the use of yellow in painting to enzyme mutation testing.
Student presenters were joined by their faculty mentors during the popular event, which was held in Axinn Library’s East Library Wing on May 7.
“Many faculty, staff and administrators expressed their awe at the amount and quality of the research. One really just has to come over and enter the room to hear and feel the excitement, the buzz, the intensity of so many advanced, accomplished students talking enthusiastically and knowledgeably about that exact thing that has occupied and preoccupied them for months, if not semesters, if not years,” said Neil H. Donahue, Honors College Senior Associate Dean and Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships. “Undergraduate Research Day represents, in its lively density, the core of what a university has accomplished in a given year in educating its students in their respective disciplines and preparing them for their future.”
Dean Donahue, who organizes the event each May, says he was able to recruit a broader range of posters than ever before. “In the humanities in general, it’s not normal to present a poster about one’s research, as it is in the natural and social sciences – but it works very well, since the poster is a conversation starter and a means of jumping right into a rich Q&A,” he notes. “This year we had posters from musicians, dancers, creative writers, sociologists, scholars of English literature and Spanish language, geographers and geologists, political science, and cinema studies, along with a full range of biologists, physicists, engineers, chemists and biochemists, and forensic scientists.”