2021 Undergraduate Research Day

The 6th Annual Undergraduate Research Day: Showcasing UR Across the Disciplines

Friday, December 3, 2021
10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Zoom (Register)

All faculty engaging students in all forms of UR are encouraged to participate with their students.

infographic of researchers working together

*5-minute videos will feature presentations from all disciplines and all UR modalities (one-on-one apprenticeship model, research courses, research in the classroom).


Hosted by the QCC Office of Research, the Undergraduate Research Day planning team (Dr. Andrew Bulawa, Dr. Tirandai Hemraj-Benny, Dr. Sharon Lall-Ramnarine, Dr. Joan Petersen, Dr. Rommel Robertson & Dr. Rex Taibu) and the Research Committee.

2021 Undergraduate Research Day Agenda

10:00 AM - Welcoming Remarks

Main Zoom Room

  • Dr. Sharon Lall-Ramnarine, Faculty Fellow for Research Activities
  • Dr. Christine Mangino, President, Queensborough Community College
  • Dr. Timothy Lynch, Provost & Senior Vice President, Office of Academic Affairs
  • Dr. Sandra Palmer, Dean of Faculty, Office Of Academic Affairs
  • Dr. Delaram Kahrobaei, University Dean of Research, CUNY
  • Dr. Ron Nerio, Research Program Director, CUNY Office of Research

10:25 AM - Virtual Group Photo


10:30 AM to 12:00 PM - Student Presentations


12:10 to 1:00 PM - Highlight on QCC's Undergraduate Research Programs

Dr. Joan Petersen, UR-High Impact Practice Coordinator

Presentations by UR Program Directors

Lunch Presentations


1:00 PM to 2:30 PM - Student Presentations


1:15 to 2:30 PM - Showcase on High Impact Practices (HIPs)

Session 4

Dr. Meg Tarafdar, Interim Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning


2:30 to 3:00 PM - UR Networking Social & Closing Remarks

Networking Social

Dr. Tirandai Hemraj-Benny; Dr. Andrew Bulawa; Dr. Rommel Robertson; Dr. Rex Taibu


  1. First click on the link to a Zoom meeting and join the meeting. Here is a screen shot of a tool bar that is accessible by hovering your mouse over the bottom of your Zoom meeting screen.

    Click on the arrow next to the video camera icon on the lower left.

    Click on the arrow next to the video camera icon on the lower left.

  2. Select “choose virtual background” from the dropdown menu.

    Here is a screenshot of the choices that show up on the dropdown menu next to the video camera icon.

    Here is a screenshot of the choices that show up on the dropdown menu next to the video camera icon.

  3. This is a screenshot of what will show up when you click choose virtual background. Click on the plus sign on the upper right, then choose “Add Image.”

    This is a screenshot of what will show up when you click choose virtual background

  4. Select the UR Day QCC virtual background from where you saved it on your computer and then click on the screen with the meeting you joined in step one. The virtual background is saved and will remain in place for future meetings until it is removed or changed.

UR Day 2021: Presentation Schedule

10:30 a.m. - Main Zoom Room - Host: Sharon Lall-Ramnarine

Morning: Breakout Room 1 - Zoom Sessions A, B, C

Host: Dr. Joan Petersen

Session 1A: 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Moderator: Dr. Tirandai Hemraj-Benny

Biology

Beckles/Petersen BG-11

Blainey/ Petersen BG-3

Engineering Tech.

Dorcely/Wu ET-1

Session 1B: 11:00 am – 11:30 am

Moderator: Dr. Sarbani Ghoshal

Biology

Bhattacharya/Ghoshal/Sullivan BG-2

Williams/Sullivan BG-4

Nursing

Rivera/Sasa NU-1

Session 1C: 11:30 am – 12:00 am

Moderator: Dr. Roumen Vragov

Biology

Hill/Schneider/Subramaniam BG-5

Cheung/Trujillo BG-6

Nursing

Akbar/Nelan/Prepetit NU-2


Morning: Breakout Room 2 - Zoom Sessions A, B, C

Host: Dr. Rex Taibu

Session 2A: 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Moderator: Dr. Susana Pinheiro

Math. & Comp. Sci.

Chowdhury/Bulawa MA-1

Physics

Cai/Damas PH-1

Pulley/Riegel PH-2

Session 2B: 11:00 am – 11:30 am

Moderator: Dr. Jillian Bellovary

Math. & Comp. Sci.

Singh/Danisman MA-2

Dhungel/Danisman MA-3

Physics

Sun/Armendariz PH-3

Session 2C: 11:30 am – 12:00 am

Moderator: Dr. Carolina Chaves-O'Flynn

Foreign Lang. Literature

Regil/Chaves-O'Flynn FL-1

Concepcion/Chaves-O'Flynn FL-2

Physics

Morais/Armendariz PH-4


Morning: Breakout Room 3 - Zoom Sessions A, B, C

Host: Dr. Rommel Robertson

Session 3A: 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Moderator: Dr. Heather Huggins

Social Sciences

Gamez/Robertson SS-3

Calle-Palma/Sporer/Schriner SS-1

Amoh/Resko SS-5

Session 3B: 11:00 am – 11:30 am

Moderator: Dr. Heather Huggins

Social Sciences

Asif/Sporer/Resko SS-8

Fattakhov/Resko SS-6

Grant/Resko SS-9

Session 3C: 11:30 am – 12:00 am

Moderator: Dr. Katherine Griefen

K. Holocaust Center

Djogovic/Hollywood/

Fernandez KHC-1

Art &Design

Sims/Griefen AD-1

Gaudioso/Griefen AD-2


Lunch 12 to 1 p.m. - Main Room

Moderators: Dr. Joan Petersen

Presentations by UR Program Directors


Afternoon: Breakout Room 1 - Zoom Sessions D, E, F

Host: Dr. Andrew Bulawa

Session 1D: 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Moderator: Dr. Rezan Akpinar

Biology

Williams/Tawde BG-13

Rodriguez/Nguyen BG-14

Tsai/Tawde BG-15

Session 1E: 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Moderator: Dr. Sarbani Ghoshal / Dr. Dimitrios Stroumbakis

Biology

Tung/Orlofsky BG-10

Piechowska/Ghoshal BG-1

Plummer/Davies BG-12

Session 1F: 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Moderator: Dr. Dimitrios Stroumbakis

Biology

Aragon/Sullivan/Ghoshal BG-7

Velasquez/Sullivan/Sarbani BG-8

Potter/Davies BG-9


Afternoon: Breakout Room 2 - Zoom Sessions D, E, F

Host: Dr. Tirandai Hemraj-Benny

Session 2D: 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Moderator: Dr. Sharon Lall-Ramnarine

Chemistry

Nembhard/Lall-Ramnarine CH-1

Mughal/Lall-Ramnarine CH-2

Engineering Tech.

Lleshi/Seo ET-2

Session 2E: 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Moderator: Dr. Sharon Lall-Ramnarine

Chemistry

Yuen/ Lall-Ramnarine CH-3

Korpacz/Zhou CH-4

Wang/Karimi CH-5

Session 2F: 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Moderator: Dr. James Nichols

History

Rushton/Tai HI-1

Chemistry

Wan/Shin CH-6

Lee-Shin CH-7


Afternoon: Breakout Room 3 - Zoom Sessions D, E, F

Host: Dr. Rex Taibu

Session 3D: 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Moderator: Dr. Patrick Byers

Health Phys. Ed. & Dance

Patel/Stern HPED-1

K. Holocaust Center

Wang/Hollywood/Fernandez KHC-2

Florido/Hollywood/Fernandez KHC-3

Session 3E: 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Moderator: Dr. Patrick Byers

Social Sciences

Perez/Byers SS-2

Jerez de Rodriguez/Byers SS-7

Chu/Traver SS-4


Afternoon Breakout Room 4 - Showcase

Host: Dr. Meg Tarafdar

HIPs Showcase: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Overview of High Impact Practices

Common Read (CIE/CR –Dr. Racquel Corona

Global & Diversity Learning (GDL) –Dr. Meg Tarafdar

Students Working in Interdisciplinary Groups (CAP/SWIG) –Dr. Brigitte Tilley

Undergraduate Research (UR) –Dr. Joan Petersen

Writing Intensive (WI) –Dr. Melissa Dennihy & Dr. Monica Rossi-Miller

Academic Service Learning (ASL) –Dr. Jennifer Maloy

Open Education Resources (OER) –Dr. Leslie Ward


Networking Social - Main Room

2:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Moderators: Drs. Rex Taibu, Joan Petersen, Tirandai Hemraj-Benny, Rommel Robertson, Andrew Bulawa

Relax, enjoy the slideshow of presenters & share your experience of participating virtually in your project.


  1. First click on the link to a Zoom meeting and join the meeting. Here is a screen shot of a tool bar that is accessible by hovering your mouse over the bottom of your Zoom meeting screen.

    Click on the arrow next to the video camera icon on the lower left.

    Click on the arrow next to the video camera icon on the lower left.

  2. Select “choose virtual background” from the dropdown menu.

    Here is a screenshot of the choices that show up on the dropdown menu next to the video camera icon.

    Here is a screenshot of the choices that show up on the dropdown menu next to the video camera icon.

  3. This is a screenshot of what will show up when you click choose virtual background. Click on the plus sign on the upper right, then choose “Add Image.”

    This is a screenshot of what will show up when you click choose virtual background

  4. Select the UR Day QCC virtual background from where you saved it on your computer and then click on the screen with the meeting you joined in step one. The virtual background is saved and will remain in place for future meetings until it is removed or changed.

2020 Undergraduate Research Day

The 5th Annual Undergraduate Research Day: Showcasing UR Across the Disciplines

Over 200 people attended UR Day via Zoom.

Thank you for attending our 5th Annual Undergraduate Research Day — a day that we set aside each year to celebrate the achievements of our dedicated students and faculty mentors.

Engaging in undergraduate research is always a challenging endeavor, but never as much as this year. In March, we were faced with the reality of not being able to meet in person for the foreseeable future. Our minds became focused on our health and the health of our loved ones. We were forced to transition to online teaching and learning. Many of us were accustomed to research projects that involved laboratory benchwork, museum visits, and in-person meetings. How could we continue with research while facing so many other challenges and distractions?

Despite these seemingly insurmountable obstacles, our devoted faculty got to work adapting their UR projects to an on-line format. Through their efforts, students have continued to stay connected to research in several ways. These include conducting extensive literature reviews, collecting survey data, using on-line tutorials/simulations, and several other methods. Projects have utilized museum archives, case studies, field observations, and remote data analysis. This year's presentations are a testament to the success of adapting research to the remote format. In the process, we have made great strides in our technological skills. More importantly, we learned about perseverance, creativity and flexibility in our approaches to research.

2019 Undergraduate Research Day

View the 2019 Undergraduate Research Day Photobook

Group Photo of Undergraduate Research Day 2019
Group Photo of Undergraduate Research Day 2019

2018 Undergraduate Research Day Program

2018 Undergraduate Research Day at Queensborough Community College

Please join us on Friday, December 7, 2018, as we showcase faculty-mentored undergraduate research efforts by students. The Across the Disciplines Undergraduate Research Showcase will take place in two parts:

10 AM - 12:00 PM in the Kupferberg Holocaust Center

KHC Student Research Fellows will give oral presentations

12:30 - 4:30 PM in the Student Union

All UR students and faculty will present posters

 

2017 Undergraduate Research Day

Undergraduate Research Day at Queensborough

Undergraduate Research Day at Queensborough Community College Story

Students presented a total of 80 posters at the Undergraduate Research Day conference, providing a showcase of Queensborough’s faculty-led undergraduate research efforts across the disciplines. The event, held on December 9 in the College’s Student Union, was spearheaded by Dr. Sharon Lall-Ramnarine, Professor in the department of Chemistry. Approximately 150 students, faculty and staff attended the event.

Additional organizers were the College’s Undergraduate Research Committee, the Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative (CCURI) team and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL).  Queensborough recently partnered with CCURI, which incorporates undergraduate research into community college curricula to engage students at the beginning of their academic career. (Read the news story on the college website)

Undergraduate Research Day PDF

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