Manhattanville Reid Castle In the Spring

Third Annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Fair

CUR LogoIn conjunction with Council on Undergraduate Research's Undergraduate Research Week, Manhattanville College Castle Scholars Honors Program hosted its Third Annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Fair on Wednesday, April 17. Colleges and universities all across the country will simultaneously exhibit the products of undergraduate research during this week.

"The Fair showcases the intellectual endeavors of our students and highlights the importance of student-faculty collaboration in a Manhattanville education," Provost Gail Simmons said. "I want to thank Prof. Gillian Greenhill Hannum and the organizing committee who have put so much effort into the event."

Students across academic disciplines presented parts of their research in various sessions ranging from poster presentations to short fifteen-minute paper presentations. Some of the topics represented in the poster presentations were "Comparing the Health Care Systems in Sweden and Britain," "Women's Leadership in American Religions," "Investigating the Influence of Caffeine on Early Life Stage Development of Zebra fish (Danio rerio) Embryos," "Evaluation of Antioxidant Power of Green Tea and Fruit-Flavored Green Teas," and many more.

Paper presentations included "The Spiritual Journey and the Telos of Suffering as portrayed in Dante Alighieri's Inferno, T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets, and Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha" by Angela Gigliotti '14, "Social Media Marketing: From Generation to Generation" by Kelly Keane '13, "Cassone and Spalliere: Female Role Models in 15th Century Domestic Art" by Marguerite Lee ''14, and "A History of the Portfolio and Grading Systems at Manhattanville through the Touchstone: 1968 – 1992" by Stevi Jo Leavitt '13.

"It's fun getting out the words I wrote on paper so other people can hear them. It makes it seem like the work I did was worth more than just a private grade," said Jessica McKenna '13, who presented her paper titled "May the Ruling Ideas Be Ever in Your Common Interest: Marx and The Hunger Games". The day as a whole, I think is a great idea to show off what students really do here. Plus you get to learn so many new things!"

As students showcased their posters and e-portfolios from noon to 4 p.m. in the lobby, four concurrent paper presentation sessions took place in different rooms throughout the Berman Students' Center from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. These sessions were moderated individually by Professors Gillian Greenhill Hannum, Chair of the Castle Scholars Committee, Diane Gomez, Megan Cifarelli, and Elizabeth Cherry.

"I am thrilled that Manhattanville ran its Third annual Research and Creative Achievement Fair," Provost Simmons added. "The Fair has more than doubled since its inception in 2011 — this year we have 70 participating students, compared to 29 in 2011 and 45 in 2012."