An honors student, conference speaker, and teaching assistant, biochemistry major Joseph Giancaspro ‘20 recently returned from a month-long research excursion at the University of Tokyo. As a research student of Iona professor Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., he worked in the laboratory of Shoji Takeuchi, Ph.D., in a collaboration that focused on the engineering of a patterned micro-device for Raman micro-spectroscopic studies. This rare opportunity was made possible by an NSF grant awarded to Dr. Lee, who has been instrumental in bringing note-worthy experiences to Iona students that both enrich their education and help them stand out in competitive fields.
An Honors program scholarship recipient, Giancaspro came to Iona for its small class sizes, and to work under the mentorship of distinguished faculty such as Dr. Lee. In his time at Iona, he has been involved with the re-establishment of the Pre-Health club and is currently an organic chemistry teaching assistant for Dr. Marius Draeger. In the last two years, Giancaspro has presented at the American Chemical Society national conference in Washington D.C. (2017) and Boston (2018), as well as the National Conference of Undergraduate Research at the University of Central Oklahoma (2018).
Presently preparing for the medical school application process, Giancaspro is grateful for the many enriching experiences he's had while at Iona, that will surely make him stand-out among other applicants. He advises current and prospective students to get involved, challenge yourself, and become an engaged part of the Iona family.