Almost 80 seniors in numerous disciplines including biology, anthropology, classics, engineering, Spanish, psychology, radio/television, marketing, geology, disability studies, and global studies will present their research projects as part of Hofstra’s annual Undergraduate Research Day on Thursday, May 5 in the Student Center Multipurpose Room, North 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.
Among those presenting this year are students who participated in the 2016 Colonial Academic Conference on April 16 at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia:
Maryum Alam, political science: “When Does Counterinsurgency Work?” (advisor: Paul Fritz)
Anastasia Cassisi, global studies/geography: “Justice for All? An Analysis of Police Brutality in the United States, England and Canada” (advisor: Keri Jensen)
Chad D. Cunningham and Pierre Llanos, bioengineering: “Semi-Automated Electro-Mechanical Wound-Closure Device” (advisor: Sina Rabbany)
Emily Diaz, engineering: “Differentiation of Mesenchymal Stem Cells through Inducing Factors Sequestered into Collagen-Polyethylene Glycol Gels” (advisor: Roche de Guzman)
Arnrow Domingo, psychology: “Effects of Empathy on Risk/Reward Decision-Making” (advisor: Kristin Weingartner)
Dan Foyt, engineering: “Effects of Modified PEG Scaffold-Immobilized Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor C and Chondromodulin-1 on Endothelial Cells” (advisor: Roche de Guzman)
Brittany Schreiber, marketing: “Trust in Social Media” (advisor: William James)
Nicole Speth, classics: “Female Homoeroticism in the Roman Empire” (advisor: Steven D. Smith)
“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,” Dr. Donahue added.