CEHS Students Participate in University Research Symposium


Montclair State University Hosts 7th Annual Student Research Symposium

Over 300 Students Shared Results of Interdisciplinary Research Projects


The Montclair State University 7th Annual Student Research Symposium, “Promoting Collaboration across Disciplines,” held on Saturday, April 20, 2013, celebrated the outstanding scholarship and research presentations of more than 300 graduate and undergraduate students from each of the University’s six colleges and schools. The Symposium highlighted the promise of interdisciplinary study, by inviting student scholars to explore topics from multiple perspectives gained through interdisciplinary research and collaboration.

The campus’s University Hall was the venue for the daylong event, which gave students a unique opportunity to share their research with their peers, the academic community, the larger community, as well as family and friends through poster displays as well as oral and multimedia presentations.

“This event represents the energy, creativity and hard work of which our students are capable under the mentorship of our faculty,” says University Provost and Vice President for University Affairs Dr. Willard Gingerich. “Students from disciplines across the University came together to discuss and share their research on common issues.”

Oral presenters took part in themed panels throughout the day, speaking on a rich array of topics covering everything from issues in education to chemistry advances.

The symposium concluded at 5 p.m. with the presentation of awards for the best graduate and undergraduate interdisciplinary posters and presentations. “The Symposium Awards Committee, which consists of faculty from across the colleges and schools, presented $2,000 in total awards to four recipients,” says Matthew Shurts, associate professor of counseling and educational leadership and chair of this year’s symposium.

Graduate student Tanya Sulikowski and Nadia Shaikh, ’13 each received a $500 award for their oral presentations.  Ryan Nie, a graduate student in the Exercise Science department focusing on Biomechanics and Jessica McCabe, a senior majoring in both sociology and women’s and gender studies, received $500 prizes for their poster presentations. “The experience of presenting our research and seeing the audience’s interest reflect back the same passion we have for our research was memorable,” says Nadia Shaikh, whose winning presentation was coauthored by fellow students Marguerite Bonadies, Talia Philippsborn, Diana Cabezas, Drew Heimlich, Joseph Nwokocha, Ksenia Lebedeva and Anderson Mata.

To view pictures of the Symposium, please visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/msu_photography/sets/72157633286930995/