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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.

Please kindly mark your calendar for the 11th Annual Iona Scholars Day, on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

ISD Awards 2019

Panel Paper Award

The Panel paper contestants.

This award recognizes any original, well-organized paper that communicates an important and engaging claim supported by evidence and analysis.

Judges: Christina Carlson of English, Jennifer Michelle Veyvoda of Speech, Jennifer Kaalund of Religious studies
  • Kaitlyn Camperlino, "Implementing Law and Justice to India's Sex Industry,"
    Faculty mentors: Amanda Howerton-Fox, Education; Christine Hardigree, Education.
    Panel: "Reflections on Social Justice in India: On Water Pollution, Educational Access, and the Sex Industry."
  • Deron Chu, “Harry Potter and the Malevolent Father Figure,”
    Faculty mentor: Ivy Linton Stabell, English.
    Panel: "Critical and Creative Responses to J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Series."
  • Julia R. Kearley, “The Effects of Gender and Athleticism on Mental Rotation in College Students,”
    Faculty mentor: Sarah J.E. Wong-Goodrich, Psychology.
    Panel: "Effects of Exercise on Cognitive Function."
  • Julia R. Kearley, “The Effects of Gender and Athleticism on Mental Rotation in College Students,”
    Faculty mentor: Sarah J.E. Wong-Goodrich, Psychology.
    Panel: "Effects of Exercise on Cognitive Function."

Winner: Kaitlyn Camperlino, Runner up: Deron Chu

Poster Award

The poster award winners.

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

Judges: Bret Sanner of Management, Chrissy Martins of Marketing, Nilofer Naqvi of Psychology, Jennifer Gerometa of Speech, Mitchell Bard of Mass Communication, Marius Draeger of Chemistry, Lenynette Pacheco-Jorge of Hynes Institute, Stefano Cascapera of Iona Prep
  • Lynnie Chong; Escarlin Perez; Samantha Zurbriggen, “The Interactions of PAMAM Dendrimers with Lipid Bilayers”,
    Faculty mentor: Sunghee Lee, Chemistry
  • Tiara Griffith; Alberto Goncalves; Elijah Ware, “Using Design Thinking to Foster Campus Innovation”,
    Faculty mentor: Christoph Winkler, Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Alexander Guerra, "The Effects of Handedness and Bilingualism on Cognitive Processing Using the Stroop Task",
    Faculty mentor: Sarah Wong-Goodrich, Psychology
  • Daniele Martino, "Autism Knowledge Trainings for Teachers in Tanzania: The Mobile Phone Solution",
    Faculty mentor: Nilofer Naqvi, Psychology
  • Kaliene O'Hallora, "The Hairy Adding Ape-Machine: An Investigation into the Alienation of the Self in the Machine Age Using Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape and Elmer Rice’s The Adding Machine",
    Faculty mentor: Hugh Short, English
  • Juan Rosario, "Role of cis and trans double bond on water permeability of model membrane in the presence and absence of cholesterol: Computational Studies",
    Faculty mentor: Rodney Versace, Chemistry
  • Megan Wood; Michael Morales; Elizabeth Miller; Samuel Braziel, "Anti-inflammatory Drugs and the Lipid Bilayer: Effects of Ibuprofen",
    Faculty mentor: Sunghee Lee, Chemistry
  • Eddie Maffia, "New York's Greatest Hidden Treasure (video)",
    Faculty mentor: Mike Damergis, Mass Communication

60-Second Pitch Award

The sixty second pitch award winners.

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

Judges: Bret Sanner of Management, Chrissy Martins of Marketing, Nilofer Naqvi of Psychology, Jennifer Gerometa of Speech, Mitchell Bard of Mass Communication, Marius Draeger of Chemistry, Lenynette Pacheco-Jorge of Hynes Institute, Stefano Cascapera of Iona Prep
  • Christopher Annabi, " BacM Isoforms are Generated through Alternative Start Site Select",
    Faculty mentor: David Zuckerman, Biology
  • Rebecca Gebert, Nathan Lowry, "Exploration of the Relationships Between Social Media Use and Emotion Regulation Among Young Adults",
    Faculty mentor: Colleen Jacobson, Psychology
  • Alexander Guerra, "The Effects of Handedness and Bilingualism on Cognitive Processing Using the Stroop Task",
    Faculty mentor: Sarah Wong-Goodrich, Psychology
  • Lindsay Lee, "Roles of Gender in Chaucer’s works",
    Faculty mentor: Anna Clark, English
  • Emma Moloney, "The Effects of Cerebral Hemispheric Load and Gender on Attribution Judgments"
    Faculty mentor: Sarah Wong-Goodrich, Psychology
  • John Toribio, "Towards Two-Step Haloalkynylation of Sulfonamides",
    Faculty mentor: Marius Draeger, Chemistry
  • Megan Wood, Michael Morales, Elizabeth Miller, Samuel Braziel, "Anti-inflammatory Drugs and the Lipid Bilayer: Effects of Ibuprofen",
    Faculty mentor: Sunghee Lee, Chemistry
  • Nina Purut, Julia Price, Ryan McMonagle, "The Armenian Genocide (video)",
    Faculty mentor: Mike Damergis, Mass Communication

Popular Choice Award

The popular choice award winners.

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

  • Amanda Cardona, Jasmine Solano, Vanessa Pires, "Utilizing Minority Influences to Create Effective Recruitment Efforts",
    Faculty mentor: Jennifer Gerometta, Speech Communication Studies

2019 Keynote Speaker: Brian Schroeder, '02

Brian Schroeder The ISD keynote speaker delivering his speech.

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