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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.

See full schedule of events.

ISD 2020 Timeline


Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Abstract Submission Portals Open

The abstract submissions portals are now closed.


Friday, February 28, 2020, 11:59 p.m. EST

Abstract Submission Deadline


Friday, March 5, 2020

Notification of Decision on Abstracts


Tuesday, April 21, 2020

ISD 2020


To present at ISD 2020, you must submit an abstract through the ISD Abstract Submission Portal by the abstract deadline. There are three presentation formats available:

2020 Keynote Speaker: Margaret A. Pisani ‘85, MD, MPH

Margaret A. Pisani

Margaret A. Pisani ‘85, MD, MPH is the Vice Chief for Faculty Mentoring and Career Development and an Associate Professor at Yale University School of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Iona College, an MS from NJIT, an MD from Temple University and an MPH from Yale University. Dr. Pisani completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital where she was also Chief Resident. She remained at Yale University for Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship and then joined the faculty. She was the Yale PCCSM fellowship director for 10 years and has an extensive track record of mentoring medical students, residents, fellows and junior faculty. Dr. Pisani cares for patients with lung disease as well as critically ill patients in intensive care units. Her clinical and research interests include sleep, delirium and circadian biology in critical illness, functional and cognitive outcomes in older patients after critical illness, aging and lung disease and pleural diseases.

The ISD 2020 Task Members:

Drs. Robyn Waller, Kim Paffenroth, Bret Sanner, Michelle Veyvoda, Rasheda Weaver, Thomas Ruggio, Sunghee Lee.

For more information, please contact Sunghee Lee, at


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