Research Assistants Showcased at Student Research Expo

Title V hosted the first Student Research Expo highlighting eleven faculty-student research projects. On April 1, Interim Provost Christine Mangino welcomed a crowd of students, faculty, and staff gathered in the Hostos gym for this inaugural event. Provost Mangino reinforced the importance and value of students engaging in faculty-mentored research by citing that students who engage in undergraduate research are more likely to feel self-confident and are more likely to graduate.
Ms. Silvia Reyes, Title V project director and visionary behind the event, shared words of welcome and congratulations to the student presenters. She was followed by two student researchers who served as the keynote speakers. Ms. Kathryn Gabriel, Dental Hygiene major and Title V research assistant, shared how participating in the Title V research with faculty, not only strengthened her academic skills but also improved her sense of self-confidence. She inspired the audience by telling them to believe it and go for it; when faculty recognize your potential by inviting you to engage in different academic challenges. Mr. Brian Gallego, Hostos alumni now studying at Lehman College, emphasized this message during his keynote address when he re-emphasized that students should be grabbing all available opportunities because doing so will improve the breadth and depth of your experiences as an undergraduate and give you an edge over the competition.
The student-faculty projects in attendance represented various grant sponsored initiatives in progress on the Hostos campus. These grants include: the College-level Science and Technology Entry Program (C-STEP), CUNY Research Scholars Program (CRSP), Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP), and Title V. Ms. Diandra Jugmohan, co-director of STEP/C-STEP and Ms. Karla Conteras, Dual-degree programs advising coordinator, are deserving of special thanks for promoting student and faculty participation in the event. Additional thanks is extended to student researcher and leader Mr. Sakhar Aldaylam for his participation and outreach and engagement of the Hostos Student Government organization as well as the advertisement Club.  Student Government provided refreshments and give-aways for Research Expo participants. Finally, thank you to the Senate Grants Committee for their support of this initiative as well.
The third cohort of Title V student-faculty research will be launched in fall 2016 with a series of professional development sessions designed for faculty to develop their project initiatives for implementation in the spring 2017. The Research competition in fall 2016 will award 10 student-faculty projects with release time in the spring semester. Thirty students will engage in these ten research projects and be awarded $500 each.  All interested faculty should reach out to the Title V Office by emailing or by contacting Ms. Sarah Brennan, directly.

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