Professors presented their research findings on a wide range of issues, including biological imaging techniques, political themes in classic TV shows, maternal health disparities, and workplace bullying during the eighth annual Faculty Research Day.
About 45 faculty members from almost two dozen disciplines shared posters highlighting projects and research interests during the annual event, which drew hundreds of students, colleagues, and staff to the Student Center Multipurpose Room on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. Students from neighboring Kellenberg Memorial High School were also in attendance.
“I’m usually focused on what’s happening in biology, so this event gives me an opportunity to see what’s going on in other departments,” said Juliette Gorson, PhD, who joined Hofstra in September as a special assistant professor and was presenting her work at Faculty Research Day for the first time. “I’m also hoping to meet students who are interested in this research and want to work in my lab, so I thought this might be a good way to build a team.” Dr. Gorson’s ongoing project uses bioinformatics to look for toxins in the venoms of marine invertebrates such as snails.
Sophie Lim’21, a graduate student in engineering management, was on hand to support Dr. Sleiman Ghorayeb, in whose lab she spent four years as an undergraduate biomedical engineering major, working on imaging analysis projects and assisting new students.
“Being able to have hands on experience really helps take the theory you learn in the classroom and apply it in a real-life setting,” she said.
The forum exposes students to the many majors and minors that are offered at Hofstra and allows them to meet and interact with faculty in a stimulating environment.
“Faculty Research Day provides the academic community an opportunity to collectively celebrate independent and collective research all around us,” said Dr. Elfreda Blue, Vice Provost of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies. “We applaud each of the books, papers, and presentations.”
Over the last few years, the event has also led to professors from different subject areas discovering common interests and collaborating on interdisciplinary research projects. In addition, many classes incorporate the event into the curriculum with assignments that encourage students to engage with the faculty participants.
Its sister event, Undergraduate Research Day, enables senior students to share their own original scholarly work with the Hofstra community every May and December.
See photos from this year’s Faculty Research Day: