The Catholic University of America



April 9, 2019

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University Research Day Now 'A Tradition'


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The third annual Catholic University Research Day was held on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

When presenting the awards at the end of the day University Provost Andrew Abela declared that having completed a third successful University Research Day, it can now be considered a Catholic University tradition.

The day celebrates intellectual curiosity across disciplines. Again this year, more than 250 graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, and staff showcased their research in poster and oral presentations, as well as interactive demonstrations. And hundreds more came out to hear them. Keynote speakers, food trucks, and performances gave the day a festival-like feel.

Research Day, an annual event, brings students and faculty out of their classrooms and labs to share their work and learn about the breadth of scholarly endeavors taking place beyond their own areas of study.

> View 2018 Program

> Full report on Research Day 2018


Who Can Participate?

Undergraduate students, graduate students, professional staff, and faculty who are current members of the Catholic University community are all welcome to participate.

All members of the University community are encouraged to attend any and all events taking place on Research Day. We will also need volunteers to help with various roles for the event. If you wish to volunteer, please contact Julia Young ( or Anita Shagnea (

Why Participate?

Catholic University Research Day is a fantastic opportunity for students to practice preparing and presenting scholarly work to a general audience. There will be awards for the best undergraduate, and graduate presentations.

Faculty and professional staff also will be able to share their work with a wide range of individuals, build a list of potential collaborators, and engage students to learn more about their work.

How to Apply

Abstract Submission Form

Please read the Call for Abstracts and then fill out the Research Day Abstract Submission Form if you are interested in presenting a paper or project, or an artistic performance. You may apply to give a research talk, a poster presentation, or both.

Abstracts must be received by 5 p.m. Jan. 25, 2019, to be considered. Applications received after that date will not be guaranteed a placement.


Presentation Information

The main goal of the University Research Day is to excite others about your work and to expose your work to a wide audience. With these goals in mind, both oral and poster presentations should be designed for a general non-technical audience. The format for oral presentations should resemble a "TED Talk" in that they should be oriented towards helping individuals outside of your own discipline understand the importance of your work and its implications and applicability of to the CUA community and beyond.

Abstracts should be shorter than 500 words and should clearly describe the project that will be presented in language that is understandable to a non-technical audience unfamiliar with the subject area. It should represent the applicant's own work and the subject of a research project or ongoing research being conducted at The Catholic University of America. Abstracts should not be autobiographical, commercial, or promotional.

> Research Day Presentation Guidelines

2018 University Research Day video

Research Day 2018 from Catholic University on Vimeo.


Keynote Address by Professor Cara Drinan

University Research Day Keynote Address 2018 from Catholic University on Vimeo.


2018 Research Day Award Winners

Oral Presentations


NCSSS Team - Ksenia Dombo, Bonnie McIntyre, Monica Patti, Megan Philippi, Semhar Stora, Sarah Oliphant, National Catholic School of Social Service, Student experiences in data collection: Understanding HIV/AIDS among Ethiopian immigrants in Washington, ?DC

Rishabh Uniyal, Physics - Particle Physics at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and CUA High Energy Physics group’s role in the upcoming project at Compact Muon Solenoid detector (CMS) at the LHC.?


Francesca Gualano, Arts and Sciences, - A Comparative Analysis of Neuromedicine Practice in the United States and Italy

Allyson Zeitler, History, The Sanctuary Movement in Arizona: Civil Initiative and the Salvadoran Refugee Crisis, 1981- 1989



Ph.D —
Skarleth Motino, Physics, Exploring Local High-Redshift Analogs

MA — Emily Fair, Psychology, The Physiology of Positive Risk-Taking?


Dante Nicotera, Biology, Genetic Analysis of a Molecular Gate in the Yeast Multidrug Transporter Pdr5

Jenna Gietl, Mechanical Engineering, arChitectUral Acoustics

> See full list of 2018 award finalists

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Contact Us

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