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Iona Scholars Day

Four students gather around a poster presentation during Iona Scholars Day.Iona Scholars Day (ISD) is an annual event to celebrate the scholarship and creative activities performed by Iona students. The day showcases faculty-mentored student work and allows students in all disciplines to recognize and appreciate each other's work through oral presentations, panel sessions, performances, and poster presentations. We encourage all students to engage in scholarly and creative work with faculty, and share your work with the Iona community. ISD projects may be initiated as part of a course or as independent collaborations with faculty.

Iona Scholars Day: The 10th Annual Celebration

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Time Event Location
8:30-9:30 a.m. Registration Hynes Athletic Center Lobby
9-10 a.m. Panel: Reflections on Social Justice in India: On Water Pollution, Educational Access, and the Sex Industry McGrath A&B, LaPenta Student Union
10-11 a.m. Panel: The Role of Government and Gender in the Early Modern Era McGrath A&B, LaPenta Student Union
11 a.m.- noon Panel: Effects of Exercise on Cognitive Function Faculty Reception Room, Spellman Hall
11 a.m.- noon Panel: Critical and Creative Responses to J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Series McGrath A&B, LaPenta Student Union
Noon-1 p.m. Visual Arts Presentation Spellman Hall Portico & the Quad
Noon-2 p.m. Welcoming Remarks: Dr. Joseph E. Nyre, President;
Poster Presentations and Boxed Lunch
Mulcahy Gym, Hynes Athletic Center
1-2 p.m. Panel: Women and Creative Peacemaking McGrath A&B, LaPenta Student Union
1-2 p.m. Controlling Drones with Voice Command End Zone, LaPenta Student Union
2-3 p.m. Panel: Thomas Paine and Multiple Revolutions: Digital Humanities, Protest Movements, and Research at the ITPS McGrath A&B, LaPenta Student Union
3-4 p.m. Panel: Ethics and Epistemology of Science McGrath A&B, LaPenta Student Union
2-3:15 p.m. Fine Arts Scholarship on Music and Dance Hegarty Room, Hynes Athletic Center
2-4 p.m. Nanoscience Symposium Romita Auditorium, Ryan Library
4-5:30 p.m. Special Remarks: Dr. Darrell P. Wheeler, Provost;
Keynote Speech, Awards Ceremony and Reception
Mulcahy Gym, Hynes Athletic Center

ISD Awards 2019

Panel Paper Award

  • This award recognizes any paper that communicates an important and engaging claim supported by evidence and analysis with originality and quality organization.

Poster Award

  • This award recognizes scholarly posters that are prepared with logical flow, clarity, organization, and creative expression.

60-Second Pitch Award

  • This award recognizes poster presenters who can effectively communicate their scholarly works to an educated, non-specialist audience in just 60-Seconds.

Popular Choice Award

  • This award will be given to the presenters who received the highest number of votes from all ISD attendees, including family and friends.

We look forward to your participation as presenter and guest.

Contact: Questions can be directed to Professor Sunghee Lee (at

2019 Keynote Speaker: Brian Schroeder, '02

Brian Schroeder Brian Schroeder graduated from Iona College in 2002 with a degree in Biology and is currently serving as Vice President, Cardiovascular & Thoracic Services at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. His impressive career in the medical field has also included serving as Executive Director of Operations at Vanguard Medical Group, Regional Director of Physicians Practices at Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey as well as managerial roles in Administration and Finance at the Mount Sinai Health System in New York. Additionally, he has held positions at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases and the NYU Langone Medical Center. Mr. Schroeder '02 received his JD from New York Law School in 2010 and his MPH from New York Medical College.


What Students Say About the Benefits of Research

"Undergraduate research at Iona has exposed me to challenges that I would not have had to grapple with in the usual classroom setting. Having had the privilege to work on cross-disciplinary research between computer science and both chemistry and the humanities, I have been able to see (and actually perform) the application of computer science to real-world problems. Research has forced me to use and further develop skills I have learned in the classroom."

Sean Campbell '16, Computer Science

"Undergraduate research in the sciences at Iona has helped me to build the focus required to think critically and diligently. It allowed me to engage my academic interests in a completely different setting than the classroom, giving me a realistic set of expectations and experiences to assist me in my future work in the medical field."

Peter John Milianta '16, Biochemistry & Psychology