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Celebrating Student Research at All Levels

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This spring, NYU Steinhardt students convened to present their research during a virtual presentation of the Tenth Annual Research and Scholarship Showcase.

Sponsored by the Graduate Student Organization (GSO), the Office of Research, and the Office of Student Affairs, the Research and Scholarship Showcase is an opportunity for Steinhardt students of all degree levels to share their findings and gain experience discussing their scholarly work in a professional setting.

“Today’s presenters are part of an exceptional group of people who know the feeling of bringing a piece of research to fruition – having a seedling of an idea, planting it, and watching it grow and bloom into something quite special,” said NYU Steinhardt Dean and Gale and Ira Drukier Chair, Jack H. Knott, in his opening remarks. “Your work has the potential to advance our academic knowledge through new and innovative theoretical models and empirical evidence, as well as the potential to influence policy, practice, and performance.”

We are excited to celebrate the original and powerful scholarship of Steinhardt students and the incredibly dedicated advisors, faculty, and staff who supported them in their research journey.

Elise Cappella, Vice Dean for Research and Professor of Applied Psychology

Student Researchers Share Their Findings

Steinhardt students from varying degree programs and departments presented their research on a range of topics with real-world impact.

  • Amanda Eads, a doctoral student in the Communicative Sciences and Disorders department, studied children who use different tongue shapes to make the same “r” sound in the English language. Her findings led her to use ultrasound biofeedback treatment to help young children successfully produce the “r” sound over the course of 10 weeks.
  • Hayejin Kim, a PhD student in Occupational Therapy, examined the attitudes and use patterns of mobile technology – such as cell phones and tablets – in patients who suffered damage to an upper limb due to a stroke. While many stroke patients use mobile technology more frequently than healthy adults for everyday tasks, only half use it for daily exercises that could strengthen their upper limbs.
  • Farha Najah Hussain, a doctoral student in Rehabilitation Sciences, aimed to understand how the critical landscape in the field of communication sciences and disorders is grappling with the realities of marginalization and social injustice. She examined 39 articles published between 1998 and 2021 around the world (mainly from South Africa and the US) and concluded that peer-reviewed articles do not capture the breadth of ongoing changes in the cultural and social consciousness that are often reflected in other mediums, such as podcasts and blogs.
  • Jacqui Angulo, Rayvon Daniel, Boruch Wilansky, and Alicia Wong – all master’s students in Occupational Therapy (OT) – investigated the effectiveness of OT-related interventions for college-age students with mental health concerns. After a systematic review of a dozen scholarly articles, they offered several objective recommendations for NYU, such as offering OT services in the on-campus health center and inviting second-year OT students to present on issues related to mental wellness during New Student Seminars for incoming undergraduates.

Several of the Showcase’s oral presenters earned awards for their work at the end of the event. Hoque was awarded Best Overall Oral Presentation, and OT students Angulo, Daniel, Wilansky, and Wong were awarded Best Master's Poster Presentation.

“We are excited to celebrate the original and powerful scholarship of Steinhardt students and the incredibly dedicated advisors, faculty, and staff who supported them in their research journey,” says Elise Cappella, vice dean for research. “We at Steinhardt know that the most urgent problems of today can’t be solved alone, and that interdisciplinary perspective is reflected in your papers and presentations. Interconnections are what make for, I think, the most intriguing questions and the most potentially groundbreaking answers.”

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