USJ’s 28th annual Symposium Day was the largest to date 

USJ’s largest ever Symposium Day was packed with poster and oral presentations, research roundtables and networking. New additions for this year’s event, which took place on April 17, included oral presentation session judges that provided student presenters with feedback, and an ice cream social during the afternoon poster session. 

“Symposium Day is a wonderful USJ tradition that celebrates the scholarly and creative work of our amazing students,” said Chadene Tremaglio, Ph.D., assistant professor of Biology and co-director of Symposium Day. “The high quality of research being conducted at USJ is pretty special for such a small university, and our students benefit so much from their involvement.”  

During the poster sessions, students presented their research to fellow students, faculty, staff and friends of the University as they made their way through McGovern Lounge. As guests reviewed the posters, student researchers answered questions and discussed their research in depth. During the oral presentation sessions, approximately 30 undergraduate and graduate students across a variety of majors gave 20-minute presentations on their research. Outstanding oral presentation winners are listed below.  

Symposium Day 2024 by the Numbers: 

  • 318: Total number of unique presenters (up from 301 in 2023) 
  • 46: Total number of faculty sponsors (up from 42 in 2023) 
  • 14: Departments represented 
  • 52: Number of students sponsored by Christina Mukon DNP, FNP, NP-C (the most of any faculty member) 

Poster and oral presentations included topics in biology, business administration, chemistry, child study, counseling, history, nursing, psychology, pharmacy, physician assistant studies and public health. First Year Seminar classes also presented posters that included topics such as Intergenerational Service: Storytelling with McAuley Residents, The Role for Art in Times of Crisis: A Service Project, and Happiness Through Random Acts of Kindness

The faculty research roundtables gave students the opportunity to learn about research, to network, and to seek research opportunities. Tables were hosted by faculty members and included topics in education, chemistry, biology, pharmacy, computer science, public health and nursing. USJ Student Research Ambassador Julia Martocchio also hosted a table on the topic, Research: Why does it matter? 

“It was inspiring to see the things students have accomplished while working on questions related to cancer, the environment, improving patient outcomes, cultural and social issues,” said Tremaglio, “And it was really fun getting to think creatively about how best to showcase their work.” 

To learn more about student work, visit the Symposium Day or Center for Student Research and Creative Activity page.

Symposium Day 2024 Winners 

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