Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Works

Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Works

Our Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Works strives to embed research and creative works in the academic experience of all Adelphi undergraduate students.

Council on Undergraduate Research

Did you know that Adelphi has an enhanced membership with the Council on Undergraduate Research?

How to Start

Students interested in Guided Research and Creative Works must find an individual faculty member to serve as adviser. Students will generally work on a project that falls within one of their adviser’s active research and creative areas.

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Congratulations to our 2024 cohort of fellows and mentors for the Adelphi University Undergraduate Research and Creative Works Summer Fellowship:

Student Name Mentor Name Department Project Title
Sarah Marino Dr. Orion Duckstein Dance (CAS) Process and Performance
Thea Crouch Dr. Edward Reno History (CAS) Gone, but Not Forgotten: How Alexander T Stewart’s Death Became the Foundation for Spirituality and Higher Education in Garden City, NY.
Katelyn Schwab Dr. Chana Etengoff Psychology (Derner) LGBTQ+ Wellbeing in Contemporary Contexts
Heather Gittleson Dr. Karolina Lempert Psychology (Derner) Can taking the perspective of a relative in the future influence climate change risk perception?
Brienna Conner Dr. Patricia Lesipnasse African, Black, and Caribbean Studies (CAS) The African Diaspora: Myths & Legends
Vishnavi Dixit Dr. Joshua Hiller Math and Computer Science (CAS) Enhancing k-Nearest Neighbor Algorithm for Improved Decision Making

Honors College Summer Research Fellows

Student Name Mentor Name Department Project Title
Keara Malazarte Dr. Shana Caro Biology (CAS) Collective Decision-Making in Superorganisms as a Model for Human Neural Pathways
Jason Bier Dr. Matt Wright Physics (CAS) Evaluating and Restoring Disparities in the Development of STEM Communities Due to HighTeacher Turnover in Lower-Income Districts
Aaron Comerford Dr. Natalia Prado-Oviedo Biology (CAS) Sloth Bear: Francois End Life of Study and Reproductive Senescence in African and Asian Elephants
Hemish Naidoo Dr. Sladjana Lukic Communication Sciences and Disorders (CEd) Meta-Analysis of Connected Speech Patterns in Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders (SSD) and Behavioral Variant Frontotemporal Dementia (bvFTD)
Roya Parsa Dr. Sixia Chen Mathematics and Computer Science (CAS) Optimizing Dual Energy CT Models for Accurate Proton Stopping Power Estimation in Pediatric Cancer Therapy
Noor Ellahie Dr. Justyna Widera-Kalinowska Chemistry (CAS) Photocatalytic Degradation of Duloxetine Using a BiVO4/C3H3N3S3 Nanocomposite with a Mo Co-catalyst
Vincent Calvagno Dr. Michael LaCombe History (CAS) Troubled Waters: Contrast and Conflict Over New England Rivers, 1620-1800
Antonio Ruiz Dr. Edward Reno History (CAS) Church Reform and Geopolitical Reorganization: Western Europe 1000-1300

Landesberg Family Summer Research Fellow

Major Name Mentor Career goal Title of project
Chemistry Selin Aptoula Dr. Justyna Widera-Kalinowska Material scientist/medical doctor Improving the efficiency of the Nitrogen Reduction Reaction through the use of cyanometallate catalysts

McDonell Summer Research Fellows

Major Name Mentor Title of project
Chemistry Clara Ghali Dr. Justyna Widera-Kalinowska Water Purification Through Nanotechnology and Solar Light
Chemistry Rachel Amirova Dr. Melissa Van Alstine-Parris Synthesis of Phenyl Pyrrolidinol compounds to Inhibit Uridine Nucleoside Ribohydrolase Enzymes for Trichomoniasis
Biology Ashley Restrepo Dr. Jonna Coombs. Investigating Pharmaceutical Drug Toxicity on Bacterial Strains from Salt Marshes
Biology Ben Klass Dr. Tandra Chakraborty Neuroprotection by Ashwagandha: Combating Inflammation in Neuronal Cells
Physics Carolina Guekjian Dr. Sean Bentley Quantum Entanglement Assisted Magnetic Field Detector

Why Undergraduate Research is Important

Getting involved in research and creative works will provide opportunities to generate new knowledge, think critically and outside of the box, and fine-tune collaborative and communication skills. Instead of learning facts and content that others have discovered for you, doing research allows you to apply the knowledge and skills from your classes to discover new information yourself and advance your field. It can be an amazingly fulfilling and transforming intellectual and personal experience, though it can also be demanding. 

Doing hands-on creative inquiry with faculty known in their field will refine your professional interests and establish a relationship with your mentor that often lasts beyond your time at Adelphi. If you are thinking about undergraduate research and creative works, explore our website, email us or stop in to chat with us.

Our Mission

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Works’ mission is to support faculty and undergraduate students as they embark on inquiry-driven, creative research endeavors.

Scholarship and Creative Works Conference

An annual opportunity for our student scholars and researchers to shine. Our Adelphi community gathered in the Ruth S. Harley University Center to view STEM and healthcare research, music and dance performances, game development, computer science exhibitions and student artwork.
Levermore Hall, 303 B&C


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