University Research Day 2020 was transformed into a virtual event when the COVID-19 pandemic abruptly shut down all on-campus instruction and events in mid-March. A record of the oral presentations, poster presentations, welcoming remarks, finalists and award winners is presented on this page.

Award Winners

Undergraduate Oral Presentation
Breakaway Device for an Osseointegrated Prosthetic, by Ann Vogel, Mariangelica Bermudez Gonzalez, Christopher Cupo and Ashley Sieber, School of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)

Graduate Oral Presentation
The Relationship between Self-compassion, Health Promotion, Compassion Fatigue and Compassion Satisfaction in Intensive Care Nurses, by Kim Bissett, The Conway School of Nursing (Nursing)

Ph.D. Poster Presentation
Comparing Two Units of a Resilience-Based Group Intervention for Children, by Sheina Godovich, School of Arts and Sciences (Psychology)
Collaborator: Katherine Rogers

Master's Poster Presentation

Coach-Athlete Relationships and Basic Psychological Needs Satisfaction in Sport: What Role Does Personality Play? by Caroline Hudson Weppner, School of Arts and Sciences (Psychology)
Collaborators: James D. Doorley, George Mason University; Megan Hut, Catholic University

Undergraduate Poster Presentation
Device for Automatic Detection of Concussions Using Eye Tracking and Image Processing, by Caroline Shagnea, Katherine McCusker, Christopher Smith and Mina Grace Larraquel, School of Engineering (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)

View the full list of award finalists
  •  Research Day Guide

    Co-chairs Anita Shagnea and Xiaolong Luo introduce the program and offer some tips on navigating Research Day online.

  •  President's Remarks

    "Year after year, Research Day makes an important contribution to the culture of excellence at Catholic University," said President John Garvey.  

  •  Provost's Welcome

    "Research Day represents a very beautiful example of who we are as a Catholic research university," said Provost Aaron Dominguez.


Keynote Address 

> View a synchronized transcript of the Keynote on Zoom

Please use the Keynote Speaker Question Form to ask Dr. Jobes questions.


Instructions for viewing Research Day presentations:

  1. Using the Table of Contents, below, you can scroll through all of the oral and poster presentations.
  2. Click on the title of the presentation you would like to view. This will open a folder with one or more files. Click on the poster or presentation file to open and view it.
    Tip: To open multiple files in separate tabs simultaneously, click on the three vertical dots in the top right corner of the window, then select "Open in new window." 
  3. If you have a question for the presenter, click to open the question form located in the corresponding session to enter the question and check for the answer.  
  4. If you have a general comment or suggestion, please enter it on the 2020 Research Day Feedback Form.

  • Research Day 2020 Program cover

    Full Research Day Program

    Welcome to University Research Day 2020, where you will be able to explore the amazing array of research being conducted by the students, faculty, and staff of The Catholic University of America. The hallmarks of this research are its innovation, novelty, and global nature, and it’s appropriate that this year University Research Day itself comes in a form that is unprecedented, innovative, and, for the first time, available anywhere in the world.

    View a printable Research Day program

Research Organizations on Campus

The following campus research organizations contributed special presentations for Research Day 2020.

Catholic University’s commitment to research is demonstrated in a variety of ways  — engaging undergraduate and graduate students in research projects, faculty and student research presentations at national and international academic events, numerous published articles and books by our faculty, and through the work of the 29 research facilities on campus.

Aaron Dominguez in physics lab

Aaron Dominguez Nominated for National Science Board Position

President Donald J. Trump announced his intention on April 20 to nominate Catholic University Provost Aaron Dominguez to a six-year term as a member of the National Science Board.

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Feedback about Online University Research Day 2020

Thank you very much for participating in University Research Day 2020!  The Planning Committee worked very hard to switch our in-person tradition to a virtual event within only one month, from exploring the possibilities, to narrowing down the feasibility, and most importantly, to getting the work done.  

There are surely aspects we can learn from and improve, and we greatly appreciate your comments and suggestions for Research Day. Your feedback will definitely help us as a community to embrace, pro-actively instead of passively, the changing landscape of higher education after the COVID-19 crisis, including how we conduct, articulate and convey research.

Please enter your comments and suggestions on the 2020 Research Day Feedback Form. Thank you!