Research Month 2021

We are pleased to announce the April 2021 virtual Research Month events at St. John’s University. This year’s celebration of research is especially significant as we mark St. John’s 150th Anniversary under the theme, “Faithful to the Mission.”

Calendar of Events

On behalf of the entire Research Month Planning Committee, we would like to welcome you to St. John’s University’s 2021 Research Month virtual events. April is recognized as Research Month at SJU and during this time, we celebrate the incredible research efforts of the St. John’s community. Research opportunities add an important and valuable dimension to a St. John’s education. Experience working on research projects is considered a high-impact educational practice and we are thrilled to share with you the work of our students and faculty. The diversity of topics and projects in which our students participate is a testament to the outstanding talent of St. John’s student body. Please explore the Research Month website and consider joining the events. 

Many thanks to the volunteers for their hard work, dedication, and efforts to make Research Month an important highlight for St. John’s. A list of the Research Month committee members can be found below the calendar of events. 

Please review the two inspiring videos from our University’s Provost and Vice-Provost and then review the calendar of events. 

Thank you and enjoy the Research Month activities that have been organized for you. 

Jared E. Littman, Cynthia R. Phillips
Research Month Committee Co-Chairs




Research Month Committee Members

Sophie Bell, Associate Professor in the Department of English in St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Carline Bennett, Director of the Ozanam Scholars Program

Irene Caccavallo, Administrative Assistant, Office of the Provosts

Manouchkathe Cassagnol, Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Health Professions, Assistant Dean, Community Engagement, Equity, and Belonging in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Founding Director, Academic Center for Equity and Inclusion

Meghan Clark, Associate Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies in St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Joan DeBello, Associate Professor and Chair of the Division of Computer Science, Mathematics and Science in the Collins College of Professional Studies, and Faculty Coordinator, Women in Science

Tamara Del Vecchio, Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology in St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Robert Fanuzzi, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, and Director of Civic Engagement on the Staten Island Campus and Associate Professor in the Department of English in St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Anne Galvin, Associate Profess in the Department Anthropology and Sociology in St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Lisa Getman, Assistant Director, Center for Teaching and Learning

Judy Lam, CTL Assistant, Center for Teaching and Learning

Jared Littman, Director, Office of Grants and Sponsored Research

André McKenzie, Vice Provost for Academic Support Services and Faculty Development, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Education

Alex Morel, Professor in the Department of Art and Design in St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Marie Nitopi, IRB Coordinator and Women in Science Coordinator

Cynthia Phillips, Associate Professor of Accounting in the Peter J. Tobin College of Business, Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, and Interim Executive Director, Office of Online Learning and Services

Susan Weber, Associate Professor in the Division of Mass Communication in the Collins College of Professional Studies

Additional Information

faculty mentor is a project advisor. He or she will contribute varying degrees of guidance to the project that a student presents. When establishing this relationship it is important to remember:

  • A faculty mentor or a project advisor can be a professor or an administrator at St. John’s University.
  • The student should approach a professor about being their faculty mentor, either in person, in a phone conversation or in a formally worded email. This should be followed up with an office visit. The student should state as specifically as possible, how they would like help with their research, and what their topic is about. Oral explanations should be followed with an email listing the information in writing.
  • A faculty mentor does not need to be an instructor of one of the student’s current courses.
  • The faculty mentor does not need to be in the same department as the student’s major.
  • The student’s research topic does not need to fall into the category of their major.
  • The student and professor decide how much communication the mentor and student will have in the process of gathering research, finishing a project or developing the actual presentation.
  • The frequency of communication will vary by  the research program. Some science research projects require faculty supervision in a lab, while others do not require such controlled settings to obtain direction or feedback.
  • When registering for an event, along with the information for the student, the student will also input information for the advisor.

2020 (Research Month activities and events for the Queens Campus were cancelled for this year.  To acknowledge your hard work, we have created booklets for the poster session and for the student research conference that include the information you submitted when you registered for the events, including  presenter/mentor names, presentation titles and abstracts.)

Queens Campus Student and Faculty Poster/Film Presentations Booklet

Queens Campus Student Research Conference Booklet

31st Annual Grants Reception

2019 (Calendar)


On Thursday, April 11 the poster and film session will be held in Taffner Field House. The awards program for student poster presenters will be in the following categories: graduate science posters, graduate humanities posters, undergraduate science posters, and undergraduate humanities posters.

The oral presentations will take place on Thursday, April 25 in the D’Angelo Center.  The awards program for student presenters will be in the following categories: graduate, undergraduate science and undergraduate humanities. 

Cash prizes will be awarded in each category. To be eligible, students must submit an abstract describing their presentation when they register.

A list of the awards

Rubric for Judging Student Oral Presentations 

Rubric for Judging Student Posters

  • Registration and set-up begins promptly at 8 a.m.  All posters must be set up by 9 a.m.  
  • First round of judging: 9 a.m – Noon (Student researcher does not need to be at their poster).
  • Second round of judging: 12:30 – 2 p.m. The student researcher must be at their poster during this time to describe their work and answer questions about it.
  • Awards will presented at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Specifics: The presenters should provide their own self-standing poster board.  Presenters will be assigned a number and spot on a table on which to display the poster and any models. (There will be no posters on the wall.) Poster size - 3 ft. by 4 ft. If you are using a laptop, it must be fully charged, there is no access to electrical outlets. 

2020Staten Island Campus Mentored Research Student Conference Winners
Thursday, April 16, 2020

WebEx Recording

Excellence in Scholarship/Poster:
A three-way tie for first place:

Amanda Aurilia, “Prosodic Analysis of a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder”
     Dr. Gary Martin, Faculty Mentor

Arpit Nagra, “An Acoustic Analysis of Prosody in a Boy with Fragile X Syndrome ​and Comorbid Autism Spectrum Disorder​”
    Dr. Gary Martin, Faculty Mentor

Gwyneth Swinburne, “Speech Pathologists’ Knowledge and Opinions about Breast-Feeding”
    Dr. Karece Lopez, Faculty Mentor    

Honorable mention:
Elise Brockenberry, “Perpetuating Mental Health Stigmas in the African-American Community”
Ozanam Scholar
    Dr. Miguel Roig, Faculty Mentor

Excellence in Scholarship/Power Point Presentation
First place: 

Gwyneth Swinburne, “Equal Access to Speech Language Pathologists in New York City”
   Ozanam Scholar
    Dr. Gary Martin, Faculty Mentor

Honorable Mentions:

Matthew Kramer, “Did the Eighteenth-Century Literature of Abolition Promote and Extend Capitalism in Opposing the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade?”
    Dr. Robert Fanuzzi, Faculty Mentor

Daria Semisynova, “The Effect of U. S. Sanctions on Russia, 2014-16”
    Dr. Ralph Terregrossa, Faculty Mentor