Students present at 12th annual Scholar’s Day

Ramapo hosted their 12th annual Scholar’s Day event on Monday, sponsored by the Office of the Provost. This year was the largest Scholar’s Day since the pandemic with 43 posters being presented. 

Scholar’s Day is an opportunity for the Ramapo community to celebrate students’ creative and scholarly achievements by showcasing some of the faculty-mentored student research activities from the fall and spring semesters.

The event opened with an hour-long poster presentation. Attendees were able to freely walk around Friends Hall and visit any posters of their choosing. The posters included students from all five schools, covering environmental issues to pop culture to psychology and language and more.

Taking the stage to start the presentations was communications professor Satarupa Dasgupta, who shared about Scholar’s Day’s importance to the Ramapo community before handing the microphone off to President Cindy Jebb. 

Jebb called Scholar’s Day “truly spectacular” and an event that makes our Ramapo community so special. She believes that the mentorship provided through the projects showcased at that event were impactful opportunities for students. 

Jebb went on to discuss what a joy and honor it is to see the students at work and that Ramapo’s liberal education is one that we need more of. 

“The Ramapo experience is transformative, that it is memorable and that it is consequential and that is by creating opportunities for our students,” said Jebb.

Five students, one from each of the schools, were chosen specially by the deans to present their research through PowerPoint presentations. Each participant was given 15 minutes to present their research to the audience. After an introduction highlighting their achievements on- and off-campus, they began.

Starting off were two students from the School of Social Sciences and Human Services (SSHS). Students Magdalena Nikolova and Justin Haskoor collaborated with faculty mentor Naseem Choudhury on their presentation, “Effects of Additional Information, Musical Context and Virtual Reality on the Emotional Affect.”

Anisfield School of Business student Emily Carney next presented her year-long research with mentor Kathryn Yeaton, titled “ESG Reporting and Assurance of Greenhouse Gas Emissions.”

Next up was Melissa Glasson from the School of Contemporary Arts. Glasson worked with Dasgupta on her semester-long project: “No Neurodiverse Child Left Behind: Improving Higher Education For Students with Learning Disabilities.”

Changing up the conversation, Allison Contreras-Ortiz from the school of Humanities and Global Studies presented her semester-long research on “The Impact of Using the First Language in Therapeutic Treatment for Spanish-English Bilingual Clients in the U.S.” Contreras-Ortiz worked with faculty mentor Natalia Santamaria-Laorden and focused on the importance of giving all students the opportunity to receive the care that they deserve in the language they are most comfortable with. 

Finishing off the event was Agrim Gupta from the School of Theoretical and Applied Science. Gupta worked on his semester project with faculty mentor Catalin Martin on “Optical conductivity of high-entropy alloys based on BaMnSb2.”

After Gupta stepped off stage, all the students were thanked for their dedication all year long. Dasgupta took the stage granting a round of applause for all the faculty and students showcasing their work and getting recognition.


Featured photo by Rebecca Bleich